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Living - April 10, 2009

Dianne Ladd appearing at Blackhawk Museum

California Film Fest will present Achievement Award at gala dinner

The 11th annual California Independent Film Festival Gala Night will be held at the Blackhawk Museum on Saturday, April 18, and this year's Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Dianne Ladd.

"Over our 11-year history, CIFF has honored some of Hollywood's greatest, including Tony Curtis, Martin Landau, Rita Moreno and Cloris Leachman," said Derek Zemrak, founder of the film fest. "This year, it is an honor to add Ms. Ladd to the list of honorees. This year's Gala is going to be spectacular."

Ladd received a Golden Globe for her television role in the sitcom, "Alice"; and a British Academy Award for her role in the motion picture, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," coupled with an Oscar nomination. Subsequent Oscar nominations were for her role in "Wild Heart" and for the film, "Rambling Rose," in which she co-starred with Robert Duval and her daughter, actress Laura Dern.

Tickets for the Gala Evening Tribute are $80, available at www.CaIndieFilmFest.org, or by calling 371-0100.

The festival will take place Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, April 19, in Livermore. This year celebrates diversity, human rights and freedom of expression through an array of dramatic and comedic feature films, shorts and moving documentaries.

"We believe a film festival can contribute to a healthier society and should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address social challenges," said the organizers.

CIFF also sponsors the Danville International Children's Film Festival, being held this year May 15-17. Information about both film festivals is on the Web site.