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April 13, 2010

Amber Heard receives Shining Star Award in Dallas

Amber Heard as Eddy on set for "The River Why".

Great news! Amber Heard, who plays “Eddy” in The River Why, received the Dallas Shining Start Award on April 10, 2010 at the Dallas International Film Festival. According to IMDb:

Heard’s “Shining Star” was created with an eye toward celebrating actors, filmmakers, and film artists who have delivered exceptional performances or works on film in their brief careers as well as exhibiting the potential for greater achievements to come. “We couldn’t have found a better person to receive the inaugural DALLAS Shining Star Award,” said DALLAS IFF Artistic Director James Faust. “Amber has put together an incredible string of films in a few short years and is obviously just getting warmed up. We know that we’ll be able to proudly say we were among the first to officially recognize what was on the horizon for Amber Heard.

Click here if you’d like to see some raw footage of Ms. Heard accepting her award.

Amber is a rising star who plays the lead role (and title character) in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006.  Ms. Heard is the female lead in Pineapple Express (opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco), The Informers (with Billy Bob Thornton and Wynona Ryder) and The River Why (with Zach Gilford).  She is currently starring with Johnny Depp in The Rum Diaries and with Nicholas Cage in Angry Driver.

Congratulations, Amber!

Reflections from the AIFF

Crowds wrapped around the historic Armory in Ashland, OR for the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

The staff and volunteers made the Ashland Independent Film Festival an incredible experience. They had the biggest attendance ever and handled everything with grace and warmth. Nearly 1,000 people saw “The River Why” between the two preview screenings.

On Saturday, I spoke on the Reel Woman panel with:

  • Diane Bell (Director, Obselidia – which won Best Feature)
  • Gloria La Morte (co-director, Entre Nos, which won the Audience Award and Best Acting Ensemble)
  • Judith Ehrlich (Co-Director, The Most Dangerous Man in America:  Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – nominated for an Academy Award)
  • Emiko Omori (Director, Ed Hardy:  Tattoo the World)
  • Anne Lundgren (Producer, Calvin Marshall)
  • Sandy Cioffi (Director, Sweet Crude)

They were such an inspiring group with amazing experiences and insight.  I was honored to sit beside them.

My birthday was Friday and the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to me.  Hard to top that! Saturday came close because a number of people from the crew were at that screening and I loved seeing all of them again.

All in all, it was a great way to start our film festival circuit with a special preview as a “Thank you” to Oregon.

-Kristi Denton Cohen

Producer, The River Why

P.S. To see more pictures from the festival, please visit our Facebook Fan Page.

Cast and crew of "The River Why" celebrate the Special Preview at AIFF 2010.

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