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KCET Honors Kevin Costner with The Lumière Award Presented by the KCET Cinema Series

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                         KCET Honors Kevin Costner with The Lumière Award

Presented by the KCET Cinema Series

Film Expert Pete Hammond to Host Q&A with Costner following an Advanced Film Screening of 'Black or White'

BURBANK, Calif. - Nov. 26, 2014 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, will honor multi-award winning actor/filmmaker Kevin Costner with The Lumière Award presented by the KCET Cinema Series. The award recognizes excellence, artistry and innovation by an actor or filmmaker for their outstanding contribution to television or motion pictures.

Sponsored by the E. Hofert Dailey Trust, the special event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks. A limited amount of tickets can be purchased at www.kcet.org/lumiere.   

"On behalf of my loving aunt, Elizabeth Hofert Dailey, who was an ardent film lover, the E. Hofert Dailey Trust is proud to recognize the work of Kevin Costner and sponsor a well deserved tribute in his honor," said Lisa Kasimow, trustee of the E. Hofert Dailey Trust.   

The event, part of KCET's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration and the 20th year of the KCET Cinema Series, will celebrate Costner's achievements and contributions to film and television. Dick Cook, film executive and KCETLink Board chair, will present the award.

"It is both an honor and a privilege to recognize Kevin Costner with KCET's Lumière Award," said Dick Cook.  "Kevin has always been creatively fearless and it goes without saying that his body of work, both in front of and behind the camera, is nothing short of spectacular.  He is a true visionary in every sense of the word and I can't think of anyone more deserving to receive this prestigious award than Kevin."

"I would like to thank the E. Hofert Dailey Trust and the patrons of KCET for this distinguished honor," said Kevin Costner. "As a movie fan myself, I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had the career that I have in this business, and to have worked with wonderful actors, directors, writers and crews all of whom I have a great admiration for.  I share this recognition with all of those who have been a part of my journey in film."

Guests will also watch an advanced screening of BLACK OR WHITE, starring Costner and Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer. Written and directed by Mike Binder (who also worked with Costner on the Upside of Anger), the film depicts attorney Elliott Anderson (Costner), a widower, who medicates his grief with alcohol and struggles with the finer points of raising his biracial granddaughter, Eloise (newcomer Jillian Estell). Elliott's world is turned upside-down when the child's paternal grandmother, Rowena (Spencer), demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her father, Reggie (André Holland), a drug addict who abandoned his daughter when her mother died in childbirth. A custody battle ensues that prompts long-buried presumptions and prejudices to come bursting to the surface.

Immediately following the screening, Costner will participate in a lively Q&A with nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond.

Costner has played iconic roles in such box-office hits as No Way OutBull DurhamField Of Dreams,The BodyguardWyatt EarpJFKThe UntouchablesTin Cup and Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. He produced, directed and starred in Dances With Wolves, which won seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director. He went on to direct The Postman and Open Range. Recently, Costner produced and starred in the History Channel's record-setting mini-series Hatfields & McCoys, for which he won an Emmy, Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for his performance. When he is not making movies, Costner sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar in the band Modern West.

Lumière, meaning 'light' in French, helps entertainment legends like Costner shine; it is also in homage to brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiére, who were the first filmmakers in history dating back to 1894.

Previous recipients of the KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award include: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Gary Oldham and Rebecca Eaton.

For more information about the KCET Cinema Series or to purchase tickets, visit: www.kcet.org/lumiereor call 747.201.5800.

To request press credentials, please email kcetpr@kcet.org.


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink Media Group.


The KCET Cinema Series, now in its 20th year, has established itself as one of Los Angeles' top film series.  The series screens the best of Hollywood and independent films prior to their theatrical release. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, each screening includes a lively Q&A discussion with the film's cast, directors, and/or producers. Throughout its 20 years, the KCET Cinema Series has featured various high-profile guests, including: Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr. The KCET Cinema Series is proudly sponsored by the E. Hofert Dailey Trust. For more information, please visit kcet.org/cinemaseries.

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