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St. Louis Park, Minnesota (August 6, 2018) – The Twin Cities Film Fest is thrilled to announce that acclaimed actor and Minnesota native Steve Zahn will be the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented each year at the organization’s annual Festival Preview Gala which kicks off the new TCFF season. Limited tickets remain available for the Sept 6. dinner at www.twincitiesfilmfest.org; all proceeds go to the organization to support expanded programming and educational events. 

Over the past 25 years, Zahn has amassed an unforgettable body of work, appearing in some of the most iconic and critically-acclaimed films of his time. From “Reality Bites” to “That Thing You Do!”, “Out of Sight,” “Shattered Glass,” “Rescue Dawn,” “War for Planet of the Apes,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and more recently “Valley of the Boom” and “Captain Fantastic,” TCFF organizers cited the range and diversity of his work in bestowing him with this year’s top honor. 

“Steve Zahn is one of the most talented, successful and recognizable actors working in Hollywood today,” said TCFF Executive Director Jatin Setia. “We’re so honored to be able to celebrate a Minnesota son who has run so far with his talents, and left such an indelible mark on today’s movie industry.” 

The Festival Preview Gala, hosted this year at the Metropolitan Ballroom, is TCFF’s annual industry celebration, fundraiser, and unveiling of the new film festival schedule. The program includes dinner, drinks, red carpet, silent auction, honors and select trailers for films that will screen at this October’s festival. Zahn and other honorees will be in attendance to receive their awards. 

This year, TCFF has also announced a celebration of Rachel Mairose, founder and executive director of the local animal rescue organization Secondhand Hounds. Mairose will be receiving the 2018 TCFF Changemaker Award, closely tied to this year’s “Social Justice Cause:” Animal Humanity. A special series of programming and events tied to the cause will be announced soon for the film festival; previous causes have included human trafficking and substance abuse. 

Tickets to the Festival Preview Gala are now available at www.twincitiesfilmfest.org; the 2018 Twin Cities Film Fest will run Oct. 17-27 in St. Louis Park, hosted by the Showplace ICON Theatres and the Shops at West End.