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25 JUNE 2018

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Honoring Those Who Slug it out on the Silver Screen

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John Garfield Lifetime Achievement Award to be Presented by Actor’s Daughter

“My dad as Charley Davis is still remembered as one of the most honest portrayals of a boxer,

he wore his heart and his integrity on his glove in that one…

-Julie Garfield

(Daughter of John Garfield)

Second Annual Shadow Box FilmFestival to behosted by the School of Visual Arts on December 6 and 7

November 18—NY, NY–Since the very early days of motion pictures, boxing has always made for great drama. For decades, the movie industry has created legendary characters inspired by those who lace up the gloves and step into the ring. No boxer on film is more revered as the archetype of the on-screenfighters that followed than John Garfield in “Body and Soul” (1948).

The Shadow Box Film Festival will pay special tribute to the Oscar-nominated acting legend John Garfield with screenings of his two classic boxing films - the 1939-classic "They Made Me a Criminal” (December 6th) and the 1948 Oscar-winning "Body and Soul” (Saturday). The Saturday night screening will be hosted by the actor’s daughter, Julie Garfield.

On both the 6th and the 7th, actors who have helped to elevate the fighter on film will be honored with an award in Garfield’s name. Burt Young (“Rocky”) will receive the award on the 6th and Holt McCallany (“Lights Out”) will have his award presented by Ms. Garfield on the 7th. An additional “Garfield” award will be presented to SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes on the evening of the 6th. Mr. Rhodes is receiving the honor in recognition of his unwaveringsupport for the Shadow Box Film Festival and the students at SVA in their pursuit of artistic excellence.

“Last year’s festival was an incredible success," said Festival Director David Schuster. “We are now building on that with another fine slate of boxing films, as well as some classic John Garfield titles hosted by his daughter Julie Garfield. We are very thankful that the School of Visual Arts has again agreed to host the event in their state-of-the-art theatre. The Festival wouldn’t be back for a second year without Anthony Rhodes.”

"John Garfield was a ground-breaking stage and film actor whose personal courage and social conscious made him a role-model for generations of actors. The original anti-hero in films and a true American hero in life he remains one of cinema’s most beloved figures. It’s a tremendous honor to receive an award named for the legend John Garfield." - Holt McCallany

"I’m honored just to be on the same program as one of the greatest boxing films of all time. Body and Soul shows you why Garfield was a legend in his own right." - Anthony P. Rhodes

The festival will take place over two days – Dec. 6 - Dec. 7 – at the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. The other fight related films getting their New York City premiere include:

"The Gentleman Prizefighter," a documentary about James J. Corbett, directed by Andrew Gallimore, narrated by Liam Neeson

"Fight Like a Girl," produced by the Emmy-nominated TchavdarGeorgiev, featuring, Jill Morley

"Boogaloo," a work-in-progress documentary about Philly middleweight Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts, written and directed by Liam Mulvey

"Omerta," directed by Craig Tubiolo, starring PaulieMalignaggi

"Broken," written and directed by David Wendelman

"Return," an animated short created and directed by YahyaGhobadi

The festival will showcase 24 boxing films, including 11 features. The films for this festival were shot or produced in six countries -- Ireland, England, Canada, United States, The Netherlands and Iran. (The two-year total of countries in which films were produced or submitted is now 11 -- Cuba, Thailand, Gemany, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, Canada, United States, The Netherlands and Iran.)

Contact – Jules Feiler- The Pitching Staff 212-585-0973

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Or call: 1-800-838-3006

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