Although women-directed pics typically account for about a third of MVFF's program, this year it is an even more conscious choice.
While MVFF highlights several areas of special interest, including the written word, music and Italian Cinema, the woman's initiative spreads "across the entire festival and in every area of the festival," Elton says.
With LGBT issues pervasive in the media--given such public figures as the Olympian formerly-known-as-Bruce, recent Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent") and Time magazine transgender cover girl Laverne Cox ("Orange Is the New Black"--the MVFF appears to have its finger directly on the Zeitgeist.
MVFF awardees Eddie Redmayne for "The Theory of Everything," Jared Leto for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Helen Mirren for "The Queen" were also later crowned with Oscars.
For this deep-diving career pivot, the fest is honoring Silverman with an MVFF Award in its Spotlight program.
Screening of "Miss You Already" followed by a conversation with Hardwicke and presentation of MVFF Award, 7:30 p.m., Christopher B.
* Brie Larson; screening of "Room" (Lenny Abrahamson) and presentation of MVFF Award, 7 p.m., Christopher B.
Between the weight he gained to play Mark David Chapman in "Chapter 27" to the weight he dropped for HIV-positive transsexual Rayon in "Dallas Buyers Club," Leto is being honored as more than just a pretty face with an MVFF Award.
The director and star, respectively, of "12 Years a Slave" are being presented with the MVFF Award.