This generation’s “Sidney Poitier” shook hands and signed autograph from fans before walking down the red carpet on his way to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award during the festival’s welcoming tribute event.
Washington, who recently won the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for character in “Fences,” brought along some re-enforcement in the form of co-stars Stephen Henderson and Saniyya Sidney. Aside from the theatrical spectacle of Washington’s presence, the SBIFF evening brought out cast members from “Different Flowers and “Given,” two of the festival’s must-see films.
“Different Flowers” star Hope Lauren/Photo by Dennis J. Freeman
Morgan Dameron and Hope Lauren/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
“Different Flowers” cast members Emma Bell, Morgan Dameron and Hope Lauren/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
Film director Matteo Troncone/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
Johanna B. Kelly, Cameron Marshad, Kevin Bachhuber, Tyler Isaac and actress Syrie Moskowitz /Photo by Dennis J Freeman
Actress Emma Bell of “Different Flowers”/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
“Fences” star Stephen McKinley Henderson/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
“Fences” star Saniyya Sidney/Photo by Dennis J Freeman’
“Little Pink House” director Courtney Balaker/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
“Given” Director Jess Bianchi (right)/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
Model Isabelle Charlotta/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
“Rebels on Pointe” director Bobbie Jo Hart/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
Leonard Maltin/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
Director Leslie Zemeckis and producer Sheri Hellard/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
Cast from “Carrie Pilby”/Photo by Dennis J Freeman
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