Locarno Film Festival to honor producer Erin Brockovich, Stacey Sher

The 2024 Locarno Film Festival will honor veteran independent producer Stacey Sher, whose credits include Erin Brockovitch, Gattaça And Django Unchained, with this year’s Premio Raimondo Rezzonico, or Best Independent Producer award. The award recognizes “outstanding individuals who have made a major contribution to international film production.”

Along with Danny DeVito and Michael Shamberg of Jersey Films, Sher helped launch the ’90s era of American independent cinema, producing groundbreaking hits including pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, GattaçaAnd Out of sight. She is arguably best known for her work with Quentin Tarantino, also producing The Hateful Eight And Django Unchainedand with Steven Soderbergh, with whom she produced hits such as Out of sight and Oscar winner Erin Brockovitch. Her most recent credits include Liesl’s Aretha Franklin biopic Tommy. Respect and the AMC series In the Badlands.

“Stacey Sher’s work has profoundly reshaped our collective conceptions of independent cinema,” said Giona A. Nazzaro, artistic director of Locarno. “The 1990s were indelibly marked by its producer’s insight and vision, giving birth to some of the most iconic American films through her leadership.”

Sher will receive the Rezzonico Prize at a ceremony in Locarno’s Piazza Grande on August 8. The festival will also screen Erin Brockovitch And Django Unchained in tribute.

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