The Gold Coast Arts Center and International Film Festival last night paid tribute to Rita Hayworth honoring her with the first Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth’s daughter accepted the award that was designed by internationally renowned artist/sculptor Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill. The event was held in the gorgeous Soho loft of Ms. Sandy’s.
The event included Haley Swindal who paid tribute with a Hollywood tribute and a few of the songs Rita Hayworth made famous.
Budd Burton Moss, Rita Hayworth’s agent and longtime friend paid tribute to her, as Joel Grey, Budd’s longtime friend introduced him. Many important people were there for Budd including Tony Award winning producer Jean Doumanian and theatre legend Laura Pels.
Regina Gil founder and executive director of the Gold Coast Arts Center & International Film Festival presented the award to Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
Caroline Sorokoff, director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival and associate director talked about the amazing things the art center does. One of their programs Making Memories is a series of special programs specifically designed for people living with memory loss and their caregivers. Individuals of all ages enjoy clips of classic films, followed by guided conversation and reminiscence. Recognizing that movies have the power to spark memories and create emotional connections, these events present an opportunity to engage in discussion while socializing with others, which most Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients need.
The Festival’s tribute to Rita Hayworth will be held November 11th.
The Festival will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of Pal Joey, starring Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak with a screening of the film followed by a live Q&A with Sinatra’s granddaughter, Amanda Erlinger.
Rita Hayworth died of early-onset Alzheimer’s, a disease that was little understood at the time. Her daughter, Princess Yasmin, is a tireless champion for the Alzheimer’s Association, which promotes awareness and understanding of the disease. The Gold Coast Arts Center and the Gold Coast International Film Festival are partnering this year with the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation to produce the Making Memories programs for people with memory-loss related diseases, and their caregivers.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival will run from November 5 – 14 at multiple venues throughout the storied gold coast of Long Island. Featured in this year’s over 80 feature length and short films is Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, followed by Q&A with his granddaughter Edwina Sandys.
Permanent, stars Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson.
Dog Years, starring Burt Reynolds.
Plus documentaries about Hedy Lamarr, Manolo Blahnik, The Paris Opera, Bill Nye, famed photographer Tony Vaccaro and more.
As in years past the festival also includes top films from several countries including France, Spain, the UK, Iran and Israel.
The night also included a celebration of T2C’s Stephen Sorokoff’s birthday. Happy Birthday Stephen!