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James Newton Howard To Be Honored At 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
12/19/2007
2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Howard to receive Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing

PALM SPRINGS, CA – The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award nominee James Newton Howard with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 5, 2008 presented by Cartier. Past recipients of the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing include Danny Elfman, Phillip Glass, Howard Shore and Randy Newman.

Commenting on the selection, Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “James Newton Howard is a master at the art of composing and exudes passion and creativity in each and every score he has completed.”

Hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala will also honor Juno with the Chairman’s Vanguard Award, Hairspray with the Ensemble Performance Award, Sean Penn with Director of the Year, Daniel Day-Lewis and Halle Berry with the Desert Palm Achievement Awards, Jerry Weintraub with the SAG Foundation Patron of the Arts Award, Joe Wright with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, Marion Cotillard with the Breakthrough Performance Award and Emile Hirsch and Nikki Blonsky with the Rising Star Awards at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Howard is one of the most versatile and in-demand composers currently working in films. He has been honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement and now has over 100 films to his credit. His film scores for 2007 include Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters, Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton, Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, Jay Russell’s The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, Scott Frank’s The Lookout and Francis Lawrence’s I am Legend. His other film scores include M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense (1999), and Unbreakable (2000); Taylor Hackford’s The Devil’s Advocate (1997); Michael Mann’s Collateral (2004); Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005); and Edward Zwick’s Blood Diamond (2006).

Critically acclaimed film scores include Andrew Davis’ The Fugitive (1993) P.J. Hogan’s My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village (2004), which were all Oscar nominees for Best Original Score. He has also received three Grammy nominations, for music from the animated Disney film Dinosaur (2000), M. Night Shyamalan Signs (2002) and the song from Michael Hoffman’s One Fine Day (1997).

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, Entertainment Tonight and Wessman Development. Producing Sponsors include Mercedes-Benz, the Official Vehicle of the Festival, Integrated Wealth Management, Bank of America, Regal Entertainment, Ciroc/Don Julio/Johnnie Walker 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.