Albuquerque native Jay Roach is set to receive the American Filmmaker Award from the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in October.
The Eldorado High School alum has forged a successful career as a director. Widely know for the cult classic spy action movie “Austin Powers,” Roach has directed and produced box-office hits ranging from “Meet the Parents” to “Borat.”
He came back to NM for the Emmy Award-winning film, “Game Change.”
He also directed “Trumbo” starring Bryan Cranston and is recently worked on “All the Way,” an Emmy-nominated HBO biopic on former president Lyndon B. Johnson.
“It is truly an honor for the festival to recognize Jay Roach in this year’s program, not only for his creativity in directing motion pictures, but as a creator who has made us laugh for decades,” says Jacques Paisner, SFIFF executive director. “And also shown a human reflection of the American arts in ‘Trumbo.’ ”
The event will take place on Oct. 22 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
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The SFIFF runs Oct. 19-23.