Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Dr. Richard Kimble: These are a few of the iconic roles that Harrison Ford is known for. So to celebrate this veteran thespian who has entertained millions throughout the years, Cinequest chose to honor him as one of the recipients of this year’s Maverick Spirit Awards.
Before Mr. Ford came to the stage, a montage of the films he was in was played for the audience. Once the audience was more-than-excited to see one of their favorite actors, Halfdan Hussey, Co-founder of Cinequest, came to the stage to introduce the moderator for the evening—public speaker, filmmaker, actress, and advocate for women, and the wife of beloved former mayor of San Francisco and current Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsome—Jennifer Siebel Newsome. Not a stranger to the film industry, Jennifer was the executive producer of the Oscar nominated documentary and the 2012 Sundance Award-winning film, “The Invisible War,” which revealed the tragic rampant rapping of women in the U.S. military.
Upon a brief introduction, Harrison Ford was then welcomed to the stage. Roars and cheers from the audience filled the majestic California Theatre where the event took place. Halfdan Hussey then graciously presented Mr. Ford with the Maverick Spirit Award. Appreciative of the award, Mr. Ford thanked Halfdan, and waved at the audience as they stood to pay homage to this screen legend.
Jennifer then sat with Mr. Ford for a candid Q-&-A session. She asked him about his upbringing, his schooling, and his life as an actor and how he decided to get into the business. The soft-spoken Mr. Ford answered her questions with insertions of humor. Aside from being an actor, Mr. Ford is also a carpenter and a pilot—he flew himself to this evening’s event—and has always been interested in, and appreciative of nature. He sits on the board of directors of Conservation International, and has been a supporter of the cause for many years.
Aside from coming to accept the Maverick Spirit Award, Mr. Ford also spoke about his current role in the upcoming film 42. 42 is the life story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to be signed to Major League Baseball, and to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ford plays the role of Branch Rickey, the league’s executive who signed Robinson.
The evening ending with Mr. Ford thanking Jennifer and the audience for their enthusiasm and support throughout the years.
42 hits theaters on April 12, 2013.
For more information on the film, visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453562/
For more information on Harrison Ford, visit: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000148/
For more information on Cinequest, visit: http://www.cinequest.org
Event Review and Event Photos by Sophia M. Papadopoulos