Each year, the GSFC celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. The celebratory evening will pay homage to Ethan Hawke’s accomplishments in front of and behind the camera as well as give attendees the opportunity to hear an intimate conversation led by Vincent D’Onofrio while enjoying cocktails and hors d'Oeuvres. A retrospective of film clips from some of his most memorable performances will accompany the conversation highlighting his illustrious career. After an elegant dinner, the evening will culminate with the presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Hawke by SAIC President Elissa Tenny and GSFC Advisory Board Chair Ellen Sandor.
Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, such as William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.