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Film festival to honor Keith Carradine [Kennebec Journal (Augusta, ME)]

June 18, 2013


Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- Award-winning actor, songwriter and producer Keith Carradine will be honored at the 2013 Maine International Film Festival with the Mid-Life Achievement Award.

Carradine won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for his song "I'm Easy" in the film "Nashville." It will be screened when the festival presents its award to Carradine on July 15 in the Waterville Opera House, according to a news release from Shannon Haines, executive director of the Maine Film Center, which organizes the Waterville festival.

Each year the festival honors someone who has made significant contributions to the art of cinema.

Ken Eisen, festival programmer, said organizers have been trying to get Carradine to attend the festival for a few years because they felt he was deserving of recognition for his accomplishments in the industry.

He said organizers are excited he agreed to come this year because Carradine was in the spotlight after being nominated for a Tony for "Hands on a Hardbody."

Along with his work in "Nashville," Carradine is best known for his role in the films "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" and "Thieves Like Us."

He won a Primetime Emmy Award for the CBS series "Chiefs."

"I'm Easy" also earned him a Grammy nomination.

In 2013, Carradine starred in "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which received the award for best cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival and will be featured at this year's festival. Carradine also has starred recently in ABC's sitcom "Complete Savages" and played Wild Bill Hickock in HBO's "Deadwood."

In 2005, Carradine starred on the stage as George W. Bush in David Hare's satire "Stuff Happens."

Carradine is part of the second generation of a family of Hollywood actors. His father, John, had a prolific stage and film career and starred in more than 340 titles before he died in 1982, according to His half-brother David Carradine, who was found dead in Thailand in 2009, was famous for his role in the hit series "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues." His brother, Robert Carradine, was also an actor and famously played Lewis Skolnick in "Revenge of the Nerds."

The 16th annual Maine International Film Festival is scheduled for July 12 to 21 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House.

Kaitlin Schroeder -- 861-9252

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