The highlight of the evening came when host and legendary journalist Bill Kurtis welcomed Kline onto the stage for an intimate conversation and special tribute. Kline charmed guests with his thoughtful responses and evident passion for the art of theater and film. Interspersed throughout the candid discussion were a selection of clips showcasing Kline’s most memorable performances, accompanied by thoughtful video messages from past collaborators and friends including Sigourney Weaver, Ang Lee, Robert De Niro, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Jon Turteltaub, Susan Sarandon, Michael Douglas, Mary Steenburgen and Robert Downey Jr, all speaking to not only the incredible talent that Kline exudes, but to the amazing person that he is both on and off the screen.
With this award, Kline joined the ranks of many of the film industry’s most influential talents that have been honored by the Festival through the decades, including directors Orson Welles, George Cukor, Oliver Stone, Richard Attenborough, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg; and actors Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, Sigourney Weaver, Liv Ullman, Shirley MacLaine, Faye Dunaway, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas, Tom Cruise, Sally Field, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.
The Chicago International Film Festival’s Summer Gala is one of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival’s most important events in their year-round programming. A primary fundraising event for the not-for-profit arts and education organization, profits from the Summer Gala support Cinema/Chicago’s Education Outreach Screening Program, which brings more than 6,000 Chicago Public School students to film screenings each year.
Evening Partners include Stella Artois, Sound Investment AV, CS, Casale Del Giglio, and Anna Lou Glass.
About Kevin Kline
Kline’s film credits include many of the most memorable films of the past three decades, including “Sophie’s Choice,” “The Big Chill,” “Dave,” “In & Out,” “Soapdish,” “Grand Canyon,” “Life as a House,” “French Kiss,” “Cry Freedom,” “The Ice Storm,” “The Anniversary Party,” “Fierce Creatures,” “As You Like It,” “The Emperor’s Club,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Queen to Play,” “The Extra Man,” “Silverado,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Darling Companion” and “Last Vegas.”