Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone slated to receive the inaugural Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award
at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival


Catalina Film Festival (CFF) today announced that famed actress Sharon Stone will be honored at this year’s festival with the Stanley Kramer “Social Artist” award. The award honors a film professional whose work embodies Stanley Kramer’s qualities of social consciousness within their artistry while taking risks to create and influence a social transformation. The honor coincides with Stanley Kramer’s Centennial Birthday Celebration ( Kramer was no stranger to Catalina, having shot the film “Bless the Beasts and the Children” on the island in 1970. The Festival, spanning five days of films, parties and celebrity attendees will be held Sept. 18-22, 2013 on the famed Catalina Island. Stone will received the award from Kramer's wife, Karen Sharpe Kramer, during a ceremony on the Island, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

“I am deeply honored to receive the Stanley Kramer Award,” said Stone. “Mr. Kramer spent his life as a filmmaker creating films that would demonstrate a greater humanity; one where race, religion, higher thinking and spiritual elegance would be at the forefront of his purpose. He bore the responsibility of his positive actions with the grace and endurance of a goodly warrior. Time and truth reveals the impact of his thoughtful and meaningful choices.”

“Activism is more than necessary today with regard to social issues. It is our responsibility as artists ourselves to become involved and to payback for the good that has been bestowed upon us by bestowing good upon others,” said the late filmmaker's wife Karen Sharpe Kramer and daughter Katharine "Kat" Kramer. “We are honored to recognize Sharon Stone as the first recipient of the Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award.  Sharon is a true artist who exemplifies standing up for the issues she believes in, and using her renowned status to improve the world around her.”



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