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Eric Roth to Receive Excellence in Screenwriting Award at 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 10, 2013 at 2:07PM

Eric Roth will be this year's recipient of the San Francisco International Film Festival's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. The award will be presented to Roth on May 7.
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Eric Roth
Eric Roth

Eric Roth will be this year's recipient of the San Francisco International Film Festival's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. The award will be presented to Roth on May 7.

Oscar-winner Roth, who penned the screenplays for Michael Mann's "The Insider," Robert Zemeckis' "Forrest Gump," David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and more, will also be honored at "An Evening with Eric Roth" on May 8, where he'll participate in an onstage interview and a selection of clips will be screened. He also helped Fincher and showrunner Beau Willimon with well-reviewed Netflix series "House of Cards."

The award is named in honor of Maurice Kanbar, a philanthropist and longtime member of the board of the San Francisco Film Society.

SFIFF runs from April 25 through May 9. More info is here.

This article is related to: Festivals, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, Eric Roth, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.