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October 14, 2010

This year, the 2010 Big Apple Film Festival is proud to present a series of special guests and honorary award recipients.

Kevin Corrigan
Kevin Corrigan
Photo by: Mai Le, as posted on Flickr, October 7, 2007

Each year the Big Apple Film Festival presents a variety of honorary awards to actors and filmmakers who have been significantly influential in the independent film community in New York City.

Previous honorary award recipients include Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland, Adventureland), Aaron Stanford(X-Men, The Hills Have Eyes), Zoe Lister Jones (Breaking Upwards, Salt, Armless), and actor/director Alan Cumming.

This year the Big Apple Film Festival is proud to present its “Golden Apple Award” to independent spirit award nominee Kevin Corrigan.

 A native of the Bronx, New York, Kevin Corrigan has been acting and writing since the age of 15. He made his film debut in Lost Angels (1989) and around that time, when he was just 17, his original play "The Boiler Room" was produced by the Young Playwrights Festival of New York. He has gone on to star in countless independent films and has made quite an impression. Credits include: The Departed, Pineapple Express, Superbad, Chelsea Walls, Big Fan, American Gangster and many more.

Additionally, this year’s BAFF will present its “Spirit of New York” Award to actor/comedian Mario Cantone.

Mario Cantone
Mario Cantone
Photo by David Shankbone
posted on Wikipedia on April 30, 2007

A high-energy performer with a strong comedic bent, Mario Cantone entered show business as host of the Gotham children's show Steampipe Alley. In that venue, Cantone turned more than a few heads by injecting adult-oriented comedic material into dialogue that evaded the younger set; in the process, he reeled in a substantial audience that transcended age barriers. Taking the success of this assignment as a cue, Cantone then delved headfirst into traditional standup comedy, in such top-tiered venues as Atlantic City, Broadway, and Carnegie Hall, and also ushered in a remarkably successful stage career on and off Broadway, in such varied productions as +The Taming of the Shrew, +Love! Valour! Compassion!, +The Tempest, and +The Crumple Zone. In terms of on-camera work, Cantone is perhaps best known as Anthony Marantino, the flamboyant wedding planner and friend of Charlotte (Kristin_Davis), on the blockbuster HBO series Sex and the City (1998-2004) -- a role he reprised in the 2008 big-screen version.

Cantone's resumé also includes an appearance in Penn_Jillette and Paul_Provenza's standup documentary The_Aristocrats (2005, delivering one of the more colorful and surrealistic monologues in that production), Charles_Picerni's road comedy Three Days to Vegas (2007), and a voice in the family-oriented animated comedy Surf's_Up< (2007). Cantone returned to the small screen as well, scoring a recurring role on the romantic comedy drama Men in Trees (2006-2008).

The BAFF is also proud to welcome Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment. Mr. Osment is the star and producer of the BAFF Official Selection “Montana Amazon” alongside Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis and Alison Brie.

Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment
Photo from his website

Mr. Osment will be on hand for a post screening Q and A and discussion following the screening of Montana Amazon.

The son of actor Eugene Osment and teacher Theresa Osment, Haley was chosen for a commercial at age four after a casting director spotted him in a furniture store with his parents. Within months, he had landed a small but memorable role as Tom Hanks's son in Forrest Gump (1994) and a starring role as Edward Asner's grandson on the TV series "Thunder Alley" (1994). His comedy skills were manifest very young, and he followed "Thunder Alley" (1994) with two more sitcoms. Norman Jewison gave him his first leading role on the big screen in Bogus (1996), and he proved completely at ease in this dramatic role. However, it took the smash hit The Sixth Sense (1999) to brand the young actor on the public consciousness. His devastating performance as the haunted Cole Sear brought him an Oscar nomination at age 11 and a memorable tribute at the awards from winner Michael Caine: "Once I learned of your nomination and saw your performance, I knew for sure you would win." Since then, Osment has given an equally powerful performance in Pay It Forward (2000) and A.I.(2001) directed by Steven Spielberg.

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