Danny Glover and Michael Keaton to Receive Cinequest's Maverick Spirit Award

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Cinequest is excited to announce that Danny Glover and Michael Keaton will appear at the Cinequest Film Festival to accept the festival's highest honor, the Maverick Spirit Award.

Cinequest is excited to announce that Emmy® and Golden Globe Award® nominated actor Michael Keaton will receive Cinequest's Maverick Spirit Award following a moderated conversation with producer/actress Jennifer Siebel. This event will take place at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street, in downtown San Jose on Saturday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m.

After dabbling in the arena of stand up comedy, Michael Keaton found his true calling as an actor. His quirky sense of humor in Night Shift (1982), Mr. Mom (1982) and Tim Burton's horror-comedy Beetlejuice (1988) catapulted his film career. However, Keaton's encounter with Burton did not end with Beetlejuice when the eclectic director cast him as the millionaire crime-fighter "Batman" / "Bruce Wayne." Despite the initial protest from fans unable to see a comedic actor personify the beloved comic strip character, Tim Burton's intuition paid off when Keaton seamlessly portrayed the dark and obsessive personality of the caped crusader opposite Jack Nicholson's "The Joker." Unwilling to cave into the pressure of what is comfortable; Michael Keaton continually discovers and explores new depths of acting via the various films in which he stars.

For his achievement in film arts, Cinequest is proud to present Michael Keaton with Cinequest's highest honor, the Maverick Spirit Award. To obtain tickets to the Cinequest Film Festival and this event, log onto http://www.cinequest.org/special_events.php or call (408) 295-FEST.

Danny Glover Event -- Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award recipient, Danny Glover, will participate in a moderated conversation immediately following the presentation of a film of his choice (film TBA: please refer to the Cinequest website at later date for film title). This event will take place on Saturday, March 8, 5:00 p.m., at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street, in downtown San Jose. To obtain tickets to the Cinequest Film Festival and this exciting event, log onto http://www.cinequest.org/special_events.php or call (408) 295-FEST.

Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Lethal Weapon, The Royal Tenenbaums Silverado) exemplifies the essence of a Maverick artist driven by passion and dedication to embody every role on and off the stage. A Bay Area native, Glover has taken a vigorous array of acting and directing roles in Broadway, television and film. His four primetime Emmys®, as well as 16 nominations and 14 wins of various other awards, attest to his aptitude and plasticity for playing a wide variety of characters. Glover takes special pride in roles that empower African-American artists. Five-time winner of the NAACP Image Award, Danny Glover is a committed activist who is enthusiastic to articulate the African-American experience.

For his dynamic Maverick achievements as actor, director and humanitarian, Cinequest is proud to present Danny Glover with Cinequest's highest honor, the Maverick Spirit Award.

To find out more about the Cinequest organization, Cinequest Film Festival, or the Cinequest Distribution label go to http://www.cinequest.org

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