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6th Annual Big Apple Film Festival presented honorary NY Emerging Talent Awards to Aaron Stanford and Zoe Lister Jones

Novmber 2, 2009

The 6th Annual Big Apple Film Festival proudly presented its NY Emerging Talent Award this year to actors Aaron Stanford and Zoe Lister Jones.

An actor who consistently brings intensity and intelligence to his work, Aaron Stanford is poised to become one of the foremost talents of his generation.

Aaron Stanford
Aaron Stanford

Aaron received critical acclaim for his feature film debut in "Tadpole" opposite Sigourney Weaver and Bebe Neuwirth. Since that breakout performance, he has continued to tackle a variety of roles including: "Gabe Winter" in "Winter Solstice" (2004/I) (for which he received the "Rising Star of Tomorrow" Award at The 2004 Hamptons Film Festival) opposite Anthony LaPaglia; and supporting roles in David Mamet's "Spartan" (2004), Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending" (2002) and Spike Lee's "25th Hour" (2002).

He has also been seen the role of "Pyro" from X2 (2003) and Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), the conclusion to the blockbuster trilogy. He was also seen in Alexandre Aja's remake of Wes Craven's thriller, "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006).

Additional credits include "The Cake Eaters" (2007), Mary Stuart Masterson's feature directorial debut. Aaron stars opposite Jayce Bartok and Kristen Stewart.

He also stars in three independent films: "Runaway" (2005), opposite Robin Tunney, which he also produced, and which was an official selection at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival; "Flakes" (2007) opposite Zooey Deschanel for Indigent Pictures and director Michael Lehmann; and, "Live Free or Die" (2006) (which premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival) opposite Paul Schneider.

Stanford can currently be seen in "How I Got Lost", official selection of the 2009 Big Apple Film Festival.

Zoe Lister Jones
Zoe Lister Jones

Zoe Lister-Jones' mother is the New York-based, Canadian-born video artist Ardele Lister, and her father is the American photographer and media artist Bill Jones. The Brooklyn, New York native graduated with honors from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her New York City theatre credits include The Little Dog Laughed and The New Group's The Accomplices. Her screen credits also include the upcoming political thriller State of Play (2009), as well as quirky independent films such as Arranged (2007), The Marconi Bros. (2008), Day Zero (2008), and Palladio (2005). On television she has appeared in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law and Order: SVU, and Delocated.

Lister-Jones wrote and performed in the one-woman, ten-character show Co-dependence is a Four Letter Word.

She recently co-wrote and co-starred in the feature independent film "Breaking Upwards", which explores a young, real-life New York couple who, battling codependency, decide to intricately strategize their own break up. Lister-Jones also wrote the lyrics and performed many of the tracks of the original motion picture sound track. "Breaking Upwards" premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March, 2009 and is an official selection of the 2009 Big Apple Film Festival.[

She can be seen in the upcoming films "All Good Things" starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella and Philip Baker Hall and "Salt" starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber.

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