FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – The Friday Harbor Film Festival, which will be held November 4–5-6, is honoring Richard Chew, a distinguished Academy Award-winning film editor and producer, with this year’s Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award. The Festival will honor Chew’s 50 years in the film industry at the Opening Night Gala on Friday, November 4, starting at 6:30 pm at San Juan Community Theatre. After the ceremony, there will be a showing of Chew’s latest film, The Way, starring Martin Sheen.
Highlights of Richard Chew’s career include:
- Academy Award winning co-editor of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
- Served in the U.S. Navy, and graduated from U.C.L.A. with a B.A. in Philosophy
- Started his career in Seattle at the King Broadcasting Company with his camera and editing work in documentaries such as The Redwoods, the 1967 Oscar winner for Best Short Documentary
- Co-edited Francis Coppola’s The Conversation (1974), Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and George Lucas’ Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
- Edited films for actor-directors including Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks and Forest Whitaker
- Nominated for an Oscar for his work on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
- Won British Oscars (BAFTA) as co-editor for both The Conversation and Cuckoo’s Nest.
- Nominated for Best Feature Comedy by American Cinema Editors Shanghai Noon
- Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Motion Picture Editors Guild and American Cinema Editors
Throughout the weekend of November 4–5-6, Friday Harbor Film Festival will feature quality documentaries and docu-dramas that highlight compelling stories about humanitarian efforts, environmental issues, social concerns and daring explorations. Each film will be followed by lively discussion with the filmmaker or a local expert.
For additional information on this year’s featured films and special events, visit the Festival’s website, www.fhff.org. And for information on how to get to San Juan Island or where to stay, go to www.visitsanjuans.com.