The 17th Annual Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival will be presenting actor Lew Temple the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cascade Award Gala on September 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Sundance Grill, 800 Mariners Dr. in Kemah. Master of Ceremony for the evening will be PBS Channel 8
TV host Ernie Manouse. Manouse also produces and hosts the syndicated series InnerViews. The film festival will be held September 11 and 12. Many actors and directors will be scheduled to appear along with Lew Temple, including actor Brandon Smith, actress Michelle Simmons and Broadway dancer Claudia Cox.
Lew Temple is an American film actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Axel on “The Walking Dead,” the character of Ned Oldham in the action adventure thriller, “Unstoppable” which also starred Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson; directed by Tony Scott, and Cal the diner manager in the comedy-drama “Waitress.”
Born and raised in the Bayou Country of Louisiana, Temple is an extraordinarily diverse actor who often is compared to a chameleon: He has the unique ability to take any character and make it his own.
Other film credits include the ranger, Hollis in the summer, 2013 Disney blockbuster “The Lone Ranger,” alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer; Locus Fender in the action film “Domino,” starring Kiera Knightley and Mickey Rourke, directed by Tony Scott and Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” with Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, William Forsythe and Sherri Moon Zombie.
Temple began his acting career on the stage of the prestigious Alley Theatre in Houston, working alongside artists such as Vanessa Redgrave in “Julius Caesar” and “Anthony & Cleopatra,” as well as acclaimed writer/directors Michael Wilson, Terrance McNally and Edward Albee.
He next landed numerous television roles, as well as roles in independent and mainstream studio films, such as “On the Borderline,” “The Newton Boys, and “Angels in the Outfield.”
Prior to acting, Temple had a Minor League Baseball career with the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros. He worked his way through the Astros system to become Assistant Director of Minor Leagues and scouting.
The finalists’ indie films will be showing Friday, September 11 and and 12. These screenings are scheduled at the Courtyard Marriot Nassau Bay at 18100 Saturn. The movies will start Friday night at 6 to 11 p.m. The second group of finalists will screen Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are affordable to each movie for $5 and one-day passes are $15. The best deal is two-day passes for $20. Tickets to screenings can be purchased at the door and online.
The Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival executive production team will provide a weekend of celebrating the international indie filmmaking with Texas hospitality. Visit their website and follow the 17th Annual Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival on Facebook for weekly updates. A silent auction will take place the night of the Gala and a portion of the proceeds will go to a local animal charity. To contribute to this non-profit art event, visit their new indiegogo.com/project.
Various ticket packages are available for all films and social events and all are open to the public. Tickets can also be purchased online at the film fest website. No tickets are available at the door of the Award Gala and Dinner.
The Gulf Coast Film Festival was established in 1998 by founder Hal Wixon and attracts independent filmmakers from around the globe. The films are judged by a panel of judges consisting of seasoned producers, directors, cinematographers and actors. Each year the festival awards numerous entries in film and screenplay entries in various genres. Selection is competitive and awards are given by merit.
The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival is a 501(c) (3) organization.
For more information on tickets, screenings and sponsorship log on to www.gulfcoastfilmfest.com. That’s a wrap!