Norman Jewison Receives Award of Service for Arts Contributions in Canada and U.S.

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● October 25, 2017 10:15

A man sitting in a theatre with red seats

CFC founder and award-winning filmmaker Norman Jewison. Photo: Peter Bregg

CFC Founder and celebrated filmmaker Norman Jewison received a Special Tribute yesterday evening, October 24, at the Council for Canadian American Relations’ (CCAR) 2017 Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City for “distinguished contributions to the arts in Canada and the United States.” Renowned American painter, sculptor and printmaker Frank Stella and The Honourable Hilary M. Weston, celebrated businesswoman and philanthropist, also received awards at the event.

The evening’s celebrations opened with a tribute in song to Canada and the United States, followed by an introduction by David Mirvish, co-chairman of the Gala’s dinner, and remarks by Phyllis Yaffe, Consul General of Canada in New York.

Jewison’s longtime friend, playwright, screenwriter and theatre/film director John Patrick Shanley, gave a brilliant tribute to Norman before he was presented with a Special Award of Service onstage. The two worked together on multi-award-winning film, Moonstruck, directed by Jewison and written by Shanley. (Read about CFC’s Master Class with Shanley HERE.)

Jewison is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed filmmaker who has produced and directed some of the world’s most memorable, entertaining and socially important films, exploring controversial and complicated subjects and giving them a universal accessibility. Some of his most well-known works include The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; The Thomas Crown Affair; In the Heat of the Night (winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture); Jesus Christ Superstar; Fiddler on the Roof; Moonstruck; A Soldier’s Story, The Statement, and The Hurricane, among many others. A modern trailblazer in the development of Canadian film, he is committed to advancing the art of storytelling and filmmaking, both through his groundbreaking films, and through his creation of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). Read more about Norman Jewison HERE.

Last night’s Gala marked the capstone of Canada 150 celebrations in the United States. As designated by the evening’s honorees, a portion of the funds raised from the event will be directed towards the Addison Gallery of America Art, The American Film Institute, The Canadian Film Centre, and The Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop.

Created in 1972, the CCAR (originally American Friends of Canada) has facilitated cross-border programs and activities devoted to supporting arts and cultural institutions functioning in Canada and the United States that promote artistic excellence, provide educational opportunities and afford opportunities for cultural exchange.

Congratulations to our founder Norman Jewison on this well-deserved honour.

For more information on the CCAR’s 2017 Gala, CLICK HERE.

Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications