An Evening with Bob Balaban

An Evening with Bob Balaban

90 Minute Running Time

Actor Bob Balaban receives the Festival’s first annual Jack Gilford Award for Comedy. Balaban is a veteran of Christopher Guest comedies (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration), and also has acted in such films as Capote and the iconic Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which the festival will show as part of the movie’s 35th anniversary celebration.


The Chicago-bred Balaban hails from a show-business family. His father owned major palatial movie theaters in Chicago, and his mother was an actress. In a career spanning four decades, Balaban not only has acted, but has served as a producer (Robert Altman’s acclaimed Gosford Park) and director (HBO’s Bernard and Doris). He is uniquely positioned to discuss filmmaking from both creative and business points of view having acted in 89 films, written seven titles (big-screen and television) and directed 24 titles (also big-screen and television). Most recently, Balaban narrated Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Jack Gilford, who passed away in 1990 and for whom the award was named, was a renowned and gifted comic actor who appeared in more than 80 movies.

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