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Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror
Comedian Steve Martin to receive screenwriter’s tribute
Entertainer will be honored June 18 at 10th film festival
Feb 3, 2005
By Joel Silverstein, I&M Staff Writer

Comedian Steve Martin, best known for his performances in films like “The Jerk” and “Roxanne,” and the classic characters he created on “Saturday Night Live,” will be honored on Nantucket this June for another talent: Screenwriting. Martin will be presented the NBC-Universal Screenwriter’s Tribute Award at the 10th annual Nantucket Film Festival on June 18.

“We’re incredibly honored to honor someone of Steve Martin’s caliber,” said Mystelle Brabbée, the festival’s artistic director. While Martin is perhaps better known as an actor, producer and even a novelist, film festival organizers jumped at the chance to honor him for his screenwriting talents. The award will put Martin in the same company as last year’s honoree Charlie Kaufman, the author of “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind;” James Schamus, (“The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”); and Ruth Prawler Jhabvala (“Howard’s End,” “Remains of the Day”).

What most people don’t know, Brabbée said, is that Martin has written many of the films he’s starred in. He wrote the screenplays for “Roxanne” and “The Man With Two Brains,” and co-wrote films like “The Jerk” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.” Most recently, Martin co-wrote scripts for “The Pink Panther” remake and a sequel of the film due out this fall.

Brabbée and film festival executive director Jill Burkhart have sent invites to Martin in past years to accept the tribute, but his production schedules always conflicted with the film festival dates. When he accepted the invitation this year, Brabbée and Burkhart had an easy programming choice.

“We’re really looking forward to the tribute this year,” Brabbée said.

Martin asked not to be interviewed prior to Film Festival. The festival runs from June 15-19 at various theater venues on Nantucket.


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