FILMMAKER Mike Tollin to be
Honored at the 7th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival.|
Mike Tollin, the multitalented, award
winning film and television director and producer will be presented
the prestigious Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at
the 7th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival taking place
February 13 - 17, 2013 in Beaufort, SC.
Mr. Tollin has produced and directed more than a dozen feature
films, several award-winning documentaries, and hundreds of hours of
television, and currently has three prime-time television series in
production. His films include Radio, Wild Hogs, Coach Carter,
Dreamer, Hardball, Varsity Blues, Summer Catch, Big Fat Liar, along
with the Tollin-directed documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing The Dream,
which won a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Tollin directed and produced several other Award-winning
documentaries, including Hardwood Dreams, Let Me Be Brave, and Right
To Play, an upcoming ABC film about Johann Koss and his remarkable
global organization which empowers impoverished children by giving
them the chance to play.
In television, Tollin has won three Emmy Awards. He recently
directed "Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?" for ESPN's 30 for 30
documentary series and is a consulting producer on the Peabody
Award-winning series. He served as Executive Producer of Smallville
and One Tree Hill. Tollin also produced The Bronx is Burning, an
eight-hour mini-series for ESPN about the 1977 Yankees. Tollin
previously produced seven seasons of Arli$$ for HBO, ABCís Iím With
Her and The Days, What I Like About You for the WB, and several
Nickelodeon series, including All That, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda
Show, and Sports Theatre with Shaquille O'Neal.
Tollin is a founding Board member of Common Sense Media and Children
Now, two groups that focus on kids and media, and the Hank Aaron
Chasing the Dream Foundation, which awards scholarships to
This will be a return visit to the Lowcountry of South Carolina for
Mr. Tollin. He directed the 2003 hit motion picture Radio, starring
Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr., shot mostly in the nearby town of
Walterboro, SC. Much of the crew and extras cast were from the
Charleston and Beaufort region.
The mission of the Beaufort International Film Festival is to
enliven our community by fostering and developing a rich
appreciation for the art of filmmaking. It is also an opportunity to
showcase the beautiful "film-friendly" region of Beaufort and the
Carolina Sea Islands. For the past quarter of a century Beaufort has
served as the backdrop for more than 20 major motion pictures, to
include Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, The Prince of Tides, and many
more. Through this festival we hope to reintroduce our sweeping
marsh vistas, antebellum homes, and quiet charm of the old south to
a new generation of filmmakers.
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