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By Film Threat Staff | February 26, 2002

Cinequest is ecstatic to announce the appearance of Sir Ian McKellen at this year’s 12th annual Cinequest Film Festival. One of cinema’s most versatile talents, McKellen brings unequalled depth to each of his characters, whether as a comic book villain, a retired Nazi commander, a mysterious Hollywood horror director, or a mischievous Shakespearean malcontent.
McKellen’s appearance comes hot on the heels of his Academy Award nomination for his role as Gandalf the Grey in Lord of the Rings. This is not the first time Oscar has smiled on McKellen — in 1998 the actor received widespread acclaim (and an Oscar nod) for his brilliant performance as Frankenstein director James Whale in the art-house favorite “Gods and Monsters.” Audiences will also recognize McKellen from his role as the diabolical Magneto in Bryan Singer’s adventure story X-Men.
Cinequest is privileged to present its highest honor, the Maverick Spirit Award, to this deserving cinematic maverick. The event will consist of a moderated conversation with the acting legend, followed by audience questions and the award presentation.
WHAT: “A Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen” ^ WHEN: Saturday, March 2 ^ WHERE: 12th annual Cinequest Film Festival
It was in the spirit of the maverick that filmmakers and Silicon Valley engineers founded Cinequest. Through a personable showcase of maverick films, filmmakers and the technology that is reshaping the industry, Cinequest works to inspire and enable mavericks in their creative quests. The Cinequest Film Festival is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Cinequest 12 takes place February 21 – March 3, 2002.
For more information and to get tickets to the event, call 408-295-FEST or visit the official Cinequest web site.
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