Danny Glover Honored at the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival

Posted on November 20, 2011 /Awards

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(L-R) President Dr. Leonel Fernandez, Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez, Elaine Cavalleiro and Danny Glover

Danny Glover was honored this week at the 5th annual Dominican Republic Global Film Festival (DRGFF) in Santo Domingo. Glover was given the event’s humanitarian award for his philanthropic efforts.

Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, theater and television for over 25 years. As an actor, his films range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent films, some of which Glover also produced. In recent years it has staged a series of critically acclaimed movies like Dream Girls directed by Bill Condon and the futuristic 2012, director Roland Emmerich. He also starred in the comedy Death at a funeral director Neil LaBute and the poignant drama Dear Alice Swedish director Othman Karim.

Glover has won respect for his community-wide activism and philanthropic efforts, with particular emphasis on promoting economic justice, access to public health and education programs in the U.S. and Africa. For these efforts, Glover received the DGA Honorary 2006 and the “Pioneer Award” 2011 National Museum of Civil Rights. Internationally, Glover has served between 1998 and 2004 as Goodwill Ambassador for Development Program of the United Nations, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Glover was honored in 2011 with the prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters of the French Ministry of Culture and was honored with a tribute at the International Film Festival of Deauville. Glover currently serves as UNICEF ambassador.

In 2005, Glover co-founded Louverture Films dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. The company based in New York has many progressive features and documentaries including Trouble the Water which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2008, Africa Unite, the award-winning feature Bamako and the latest Maar Dum Dum and projects The Black Power Mixtape.

A native of San Francisco, Glover attended the Black Actors Workshop Theatre American Conservatory. It was his debut on Broadway in Master Harold … and the Boys by Fugard which gave him national recognition and led director Robert Benton to choose for his first starring role in the production of 1984, nominated by the Academy for Best Picture, Places in the Heart (Places in the Heart). The following year, Glover starred in two films nominated for Best Film: Peter Weir’s Witness and The Color Purple by Steven Spielberg. In 1987, Glover teamed with Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon the first film and starred in three successful sequels. Glover has also invested his talents in more personal projects including the award-winning To Sleep With Anger which he executive produced and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; Bopha! · Manderlay, Missing in America and the film version of the work of Boseman and Lena by Athol Fugard. He also starred in Saw, Five Minarets in New York, Donovan Echo and The Children’s Republic.

On the small screen, Glover won an Image Award, a Cable ACE Award and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of HBO movie Mandela. He has also received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove, the telefilm Freedom Song and as a director was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the show Just a Dream. More recently, Glover has made guest appearances on television series “Leverage” and “Psych.”

To learn more about the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, visit their official website here.

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