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We are sorry to announce that Rose McGowan, this year’s recipient of the Ad Astra Award tonight at the Scottish Rite Theater, has cancelled all upcoming public appearances due to compounding factors surrounding recent revelations in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case.

“While we’re disappointed that Rose cannot be here with us in person, we understand that her well being is the priority. We support her and our thoughts are with her. We’ll seize this opportunity to amplify her message and celebrate all the women filmmakers with works here at the 15th annual festival,” said Tallgrass Creative Director Lela Meadow-Conner. “The whole world is now aware, in large part due to Rose’s efforts, about the rampant sexual harassment within the entertainment industry, and so in her honor, we have pulled together a panel of women filmmakers who will be attending the festival with their films, for a frank conversation, because the message doesn’t stop here.”

Prior to Thursday night’s screening of PLANET TERROR, at 9:00 pm, Amy Nicholson, Film Critic and host of The Canon, and Festworks.com John Wildman will host, #WokeWomen: A Candid Conversation With Tallgrass' Female Filmmakers with Dorie Barton (Director, GIRL FLU), Skye Borgman (Director, FOREVER ‘B’), Madeleine Cooke (Writer/Actor SEAT 25), Simoné Nortmann (Actor, FOR THE BIRDS), Deborah Pearl (GETTING ED LAID), Devin Sanchez (Producer/Actor, LAURA GETS A CAT) and Deborah Riley Williams (Director, OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE), to address the issues that affect all women – following the lead on the very things that Rose has spoken out about. The film will begin at 10pm.

Tallgrass’s Program Director Nick Pope added, “Tallgrass has sought to honor Rose McGowan for three years now as we have always felt she epitomizes our motto: Stubbornly independent. We also felt that, in the process of the deserved attention her activism receives, arguably her presence as an independent film icon and genuine filmmaking talent can get lost in the mix. It was our goal to shine a light on her career and her talent and put that part of the Rose McGowan equation front and center for a very special evening. We will still honor her achievements from afar.”

2017 Ad Astra Awards Ceremony Honoring Rose McGowan
Thursday, October 19, 9:00pm, Scottish Rite

Sponsored by: Bree & Jason Cox

Including: DAWN | d. Rose McGowan | USA | 2014 | 17m
and Q&A with Film Critic and host of The Canon, Amy Nicholson and Festworks’ Editor John Wildman. Ad Astra Award by Karg Art Glass

Following by PLANET TERROR | d. Robert Rodriguez | USA | 2007 | 1h 45m Starring Rose McGowan. Sponsored by Planet Hair

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About Rose McGowan

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Tallgrass Film Association is honored to present the 2017 Ad Astra award to actress and filmmaker ROSE MCGOWAN. Iconic actress and filmmaker who epitomizes the phrase “stubbornly independent,” McGowan exhibits a rare combination of dynamic and unforgettable screen presence in Tallgrass’s retro presentation of PLANET TERROR, as well as her searing cinematic vision in her critically acclaimed directorial debut, DAWN.

McGowan has been a dynamic and provocative presence on film and television for the past two decades. A favorite of the most iconoclastic directors, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.

In 2014, her directorial debut, DAWN (2014) was nominated for the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Grand Jury Prize. McGowan made an indelible mark on the independent film scene with her iconic debut in Araki’s THE DOOM GENERATION (1995), which earned her a Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance. She followed that success with Craven’s SCREAM (1996), one of the highest grossing films of the year, and launched a film franchise that arguably revived the horror genre.

Additional strong performances in indie films included GOING ALL THE WAY (1997), SOUTHIE (1998), and JAWBREAKER (1999). McGowan also found great success on television, in Showtime’s “The Killing Yard” (2001), Aaron Spelling’s popular series “Charmed,” (2002-2006), and “Nip/Tuck” (2009), among others. McGowan returned to the big screen with a vengeance in the celebrated Grindhouse double-feature including Rodriguez’s PLANET TERROR (2007) and Tarantino’s DEATH PROOF (2007).

More recent appearances include CONAN THE BARBARIAN (2011), and television stints on both “Chosen” (2014) and “Once Upon a Time” (2013-2014). McGowan will next be seen in Jenna Marttison’s indie sci-fi thriller, THE SOUND.