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Emile Hirsch To Receive Rising Star Award At 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Steven Wilson / Ron Hofmann
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David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Society
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PALM SPRINGS, CA – The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Emile Hirsch with the Rising Star Award at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg made the announcement at a private event at the historic Charlie Chaplin home of Patricia Barry in Beverly Hills, CA hosted by Festival board member Stephen Breimer. The Awards Gala will kick-off the 2008 Awards Season on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, which will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart. The Festival will be held January 3-14, 2008.

Commenting on the selection, Greenburg said, “Emile Hirsch has earned a reputation as the foremost leading man of his generation and his performance in Into the Wild solidifies that. We’re excited to honor him this year and include him amongst the past recipients of the Festival’s Rising Star Award.”

Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Bryce Dallas Howard, Terrence Howard and Adam Beach.

Hirsch stars in Paramount Vantage’s Into the Wild as Christopher McCandless who abandoned his possessions, gave his $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Written and directed by Sean Penn, the film is based on a true story and the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer.

He just wrapped production on Speed Racer for directors Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, in which he stars as the title character Speed, based on the classic 1960's Japanese animated series chronicling the aspirations of a young race car driver. The Warner Bros. film, also starrring Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci, John Goodman and Matthew Fox, will open on May 9, 2008.

Hirsch was last seen in Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog opposite an all-star cast including Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis. The film documented the life of Jesse James Hollywood (Hirsch), a drug dealer who became the youngest man ever to be on the FBI's Most Wanted List. The film premiered to rave reviews at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Additional credits include Catherine Hardwicke's The Lords of Dogtown opposite Heath Ledger, Imaginary Heroes directed by Dan Harris and opposite Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels, and The Girl Next Door with co-star Elisha Cuthbert, The Mudge Boy, The Emperor's Club and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.

Founded in 1990 by then Mayor Sonny Bono, the PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America. The Festival has an attractive film sales and distribution record and is seen by American distributors as one of the best Academy Award campaign marketing tools. The Festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black tie gala award presentation.

Renewing their support of this year’s Festival is Title Sponsor, The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors, Spencer’s Restaurant, The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Wessman Development. Major sponsors include Integrated Wealth Management, Entertainment Tonight, Regal Entertainment and Wells Fargo.

The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, scheduled from January 3-14, 2008, will feature a line up of more than 230 films from 65 countries, seminars, special events and Gala receptions. For additional information call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or www.psfilmfest.org.

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