Award-Winning Actress Glenn Close to Premiere Doc Short at GIFF

The GI Film Festival is pleased to announce that Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning actress Glenn Close has joined the GI Film Festival 2010 line-up!  Close will premiere a new documentary short film on post traumatic stress that she executive produced and directed (with Sarah Harvey) and will also participate in a panel discussion on the topic.  The film screening and panel are scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Ms. Close’s film, PAX, tells the story of Sergeant Bill Campbell who returned home from Iraq 100% disabled due to post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.  Sgt. Campbell reclaims his life from an unlikely source; a dog named Pax, trained by inmate Laurie Kellogg at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women.  PAX follows the meeting of Bill and Laurie for the first time; two people united, by the unconditional love of a dog.

Additional details forthcoming…

About Glenn Close:

Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning actress Glenn Close headlines the critically acclaimed original legal thriller, Damages, on FX, now going into its third season.  For her portrayal of high-stakes litigator ‘Patty Hewes’, Glenn won her second consecutive Emmy Award last year, as “Best Actress in a Drama Series” and has been nominated for both a 2010 Golden Globe and SAG Award.  She won a Golden Globe Award and received a SAG nomination for her riveting performance on the show last season. Prior to Damages, Close won rave reviews and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Captain Monica Rawling in a season-long story arc on FX’s Emmy winning series The Shield.

Glenn Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp. Her performance in the film earned her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review as well as an Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her performances in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill; Barry Levinson’s The Natural; Adrian Lyne’s smash Fatal Attraction; and Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons (for which she was also a BAFTA Award nominee).

Close’s other films include Richard Marquand’s Jagged Edge; Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune; Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet; István Szabó’s Meeting Venus; Ron Howard’s The Paper; Stephen Herek’s 101 Dalmatians; Kevin Lima’s 102 Dalmatians; Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One; Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune; Rose Troche’s The Safety of Objects; Merchant Ivory’s Le Divorce; Chris Terrio’s Heights; Rodrigo García’s Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Nine Lives; and Lajos Koltai’s Evening.

She has been nominated eight other times for a Golden Globe Award, winning for Damages and her performance in Andrei Konchalovsky’s television adaptation of The Lion in Winter (which also earned her a SAG Award).

The latter is among the television projects that have brought her ten Emmy Award nominations, with a win for her portrayal of real-life hero Margarethe Cammermeyer in Jeff Bleckner’s Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, which Close executive produced.

Her other notable films for television include Jack Hofsiss’ taped staging of The Elephant Man; Randa Haines’ Something About Amelia; Jack Gold’s Stones for Ibarra; Christopher Reeve’s In the Gloaming (for which she won a CableACE Award) and Richard Pearce’s musical remake of South Pacific, in which she starred and sang as Nellie Forbush, and which she executive-produced. She executive produced and starred thrice opposite Christopher Walken in the Sarah, Plain and Tall trilogy, directed, alternately, by Glenn Jordan and Joseph Sargent.  She likewise executive produced and starred in The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, directed by Jeremy Kagan.

Glenn Close made her professional theater, and Broadway, debut in Harold Prince’s revival of Love for Love. Other early stage credits include Paul Giovanni’s The Crucifer of Blood and Simone Benmussa’s adaptation of The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs, for which she won an Obie Award. Close’s first Tony Award nomination came for her role in Joe Layton’s musical Barnum and she subsequently won Tony Awards for her performances in The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden, both directed by Mike Nichols.

For her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, Close won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award. She would later reteam with the show’s director, Trevor Nunn, in London for his Royal National Theatre revival of A Streetcar Named Desire

She has been honored with a Crystal Award from Women In Film; a GLAAD Media Award; a People’s Choice Award; the National Association of Theatre Owners’ Female Star of the Year award at ShoWest and a Gotham Award for her contributions to the New York independent filmmaking community. She is a trustee emeritus of The Sundance Institute, having served as a board member for 16 years.

Glenn Close recently participated in the launch of BringChange2Mind.org, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to confronting, head-on, the stigma associated with mental illness. It was created by Close together with the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization), and has the support of the major mental health organizations in this country. The idea for this campaign evolved out of Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family and subsequent volunteer work at Fountain House, a globally-acclaimed, New York based, clubhouse model program that provides people with mental illness critical access to education, employment and community. Close actively supports Puppies Behind Bars and their program Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us.  She is also a Founding Member of the Panthera Conservation Advisory Committee.  Panthera is an international nonprofit whose sole mission is conservation of the world’s 36 species of wild cats.