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11th annual Big Apple Film Festival to present honorary awards to actor Katherine Waterston and actor/comedian Jerry Stiller


Katherine Waterston

This year, the 11th annual Big Apple Film Festival is proud to present our honorary New York Emerging Talent Award to actor Katherine Waterston.

In 2010, Waterston played the role of Gena in the original Off-Broadway production of Bachelorette, played in the 2011 film version by Lizzy Caplan. In 2011, she played Anya in the Classic Stage Company revival of The Cherry Orchard, written by Anton Chekov. She earned critical acclaim for her role as a babysitter turned prostitute in the 2007 independent film The Babysitters.

Waterston was recently cast in the crime film Inherent Vice as lead actress – playing the role of Shasta Fay Hepworth, an ex-girlfriend of Joaquin Phoenix's character. The film, an adaptation of the 2009 novel of the same name, is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson(There will be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights).

Waterston has also joined the cast of the psychological thriller film Queen of Earth directed and written by Alex Ross Perry, to star as lead opposite Elisabeth Moss.

She has also appeared in various other film and television roles including Michael Clayton, Taking Woodstock and Boardwalk Empire.

The award will be presented following the screening of the film "Manhattan Romance" on November 5th at Tribeca Cinemas.

Previous recipients of this award include Jesse Eisenberg, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Aaron Stanford.


Jerry Stiller

The 11th annual Big Apple Film Festival is proud to present our honorary Golden Apple Award to actor/comedian Jerry Stiller.

As the short, hypertensive male counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara", Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), on which they appeared 36 times. Decades later, his career was revitalized in the role of the raucous, gasket-blowing Frank Costanza on the sitcom classic Seinfeld (1989). The New York-born Stiller was, in the beginning, a drama major at the University of Syracuse. Though he had played rather uneducated, blue-collar sorts for most of his career, he received a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Drama before making his 1951 acting debut on stage with Burgess Meredith in "The Silver Whistle". While a member of the improvisational team The Compass Players (the company later evolved into the well-known Second City troupe), he met Anne.

They married in 1954 and began touring together on the national club circuit while giving new and inventive meaning to the term spousal comedy. After well over a decade of fame together, they decided to pursue individual successes and both found it. A Broadway favorite in such shows as "Hurlyburly", "The Ritz" (he later recreated his role on film), "The Golden Apple", "Three Men on a Horse", "What's Wrong with This Picture" and "The Three Sisters", Stiller even appeared with Kevin Kline and Blythe Danner as Dogberry in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1988. Musicals were not out of his range, either, as he created the role of Launce in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and co-starred as Nathan Detroit in a production of "Guys and Dolls".

Then came eight seasons as Frank Costanza and his character star was reborn. Nominated for a 1997 Emmy Award and the recipient of the 1998 American Comedy Award, Stiller found back-to-back sitcom hits with The King of Queens (1998) as the irascible Arthur Spooner. He has also appeared in a number of his successful son, Ben Stiller's, comedy pictures including Heavy Weights (1995) and Zoolander (2001). Daughter Amy Stiller is also a thriving actress. He and Amy have written, performed, and produced award-winning radio commercials together for such products as Blue Nun Wine, United Van Lines and Amalgamated Bank, among others. His autobiography "Married to Laughter" came out in 2000.

The award will be presented following the screening of the film "Simpler Times" on November 8th at Tribeca Cinemas.

Previous recipients of this award include Cuba Gooding Jr., Alan Cumming, Morgan Spurlock, and Ernie Hudson.

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