The 2013 Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) Mid-Life Achievement Award honoree is award-winning actor, songwriter, and producer Keith Carradine. Carradine is best known for his roles in director Robert Altman’s films McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us, and Nashville. He is a Golden Globe and Academy Award-winner and Grammy nominee (Nashville), a Primetime Emmy Award winner (CBS series Chiefs), and most recently a Tony nominee for his role in Hands on a Hard Body (2013). In 2013, Carradine starred in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which received the award for best cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival and will be featured at MIFF this year. Carradine has also recently starred in ABC’s sitcom Complete Savages, and played Wild Bill Hickock in HBO’s Deadwood. In 2005, Carradine starred on the stage as George W. Bush in David Hare’s satire “Stuff Happens.”
After his acting breakthrough in Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash’s A Gunfight (1971), Carradine gained the attention of Altman, who was impressed by his performance and gave him a role in his film McCabe & Mrs. Miller, after which they became frequent collaborators. Carradine has also worked with MIFF honoree Peter Fonda in his sci-fi drama Idaho Transfer (1973) and starred alongside a young Brooke Shields in Louis Malle’s first American film, Pretty Baby (1978). His other credits include: Welcome to L.A., An Almost Perfect Affair, The Long Riders, The Duellists, Choose Me, The Moderns, and The Tie That Binds.
MIFF will present Carradine with his award at the Monday, July 15 screening of Nashville, to be held at the historic Waterville Opera House. Carradine’s song for the film, “I’m Easy,” garnered both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Nashville earned the 1975 New York Critics Circle Awards for Best Film and Best Director. According to the late Roger Ebert, “This is a film about America. It deals with our myths, our hungers, our ambitions, and our sense of self. It knows how we talk and how we behave, and it doesn’t flatter us but it does love us.” Carradine’s visit will coincide with a special programming section,
“Celebrating Robert Altman,” which will include a screening of Thieves Like Us. Of this year’s honoree, Festival Programmer Ken Eisen says, “His presence graces every movie he’s been in. It’s an honor and a true pleasure to welcome Keith Carradine to the festival to accept the MIFF moose.”
Each year MIFF honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the art of cinema. Past winners include: Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Departed), Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol, Mystic Pizza), Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde), Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Badlands), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), John Turturro (Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski) , Ed Harris (Empire Falls, Pollack), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom), Jos Stelling (Duska), Walter Hill (The Warriors), and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude).