John Goodman, Stan Lee
The 2012 Savannah Film Festival added Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor John Goodman ("The Artist"), former president and chairman of Marvel Comics Stan Lee ("Spider-Man"), Pulitzer Prize winning screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole") and John Gatins ("Real Steel") to its list of honorees. Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the 15th annual film festival will take place Oct. 27–Nov. 3.
Goodman, Lee, Lindsay-Abaire and Gatins join previously announced honorees including Academy Award-nominated actors Matt Dillon ("Crash") and Diane Lane ("Unfaithful"), actress Michelle Monaghan ("Gone Baby Gone") and Academy Award-winning writer and director Geoffrey Fletcher ("Precious").
Other special guests taking part in this year's film festival include Nigel Barker, James Gandolfini, Christy Turlington Burns, Adam Shankman, Bob Shaye, Gabourey Sidibe, Norman Reedus, Julian Jarrold, Zach Gilford and Miles Teller.
The Savannah Film Festival has also added Nigel Barker's "Dreams Are Not Forgotten" documentary as a special gala screening, which will be free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session with Barker will follow the screening. Special gala screenings include, David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook;" Dreamworks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" directed by Peter Ramsey in 3-D; Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" with festival honoree John Goodman; Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet;" Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone;" Wayne Blair's "The Sapphires;" Michael Haneke's "Amour;" Walter Salles' "On the Road;" and festival honoree Geoffrey Fletcher's "Violet & Daisy."
Other special screenings include, Ry Russo-Young's "Nobody Walks;" Matt Ross's "28 Hotel Rooms;" David Jacobson's "Tomorrow You're Gone;" Bedabrata Pain's "Chittagong;" Brian Savelson's "In Our Nature;" Ramona Diaz's "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" documentary; Julian Jarrold's HBO film "The Girl;" Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush's "A Place at the Table" documentary; Matt Dillon's "City of Ghosts;" and George Roy Hill's "A Little Romance" starring festival honoree Diane Lane.