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Walter Hill

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient
During the course of his notable career, Walter Hill has been a writer, director and producer on projects ranging from classic westerns to action-packed thrillers and buddy comedies, all marked with his unique visceral style. A veteran director of twenty feature films, he has also made a successful foray into television, having worked on a variety of projects, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for the pilot of the groundbreaking neo-western Deadwood. His overall work ranges from intimate character studies to full-blown blockbusters, and he has been critically praised for being equally adept at both.Hill directed AMC’s acclaimed Emmy Award-winning debut television movie, Broken Trail, chronicling a story of five lost immigrant women and their trail driving rescuers during the waning days of America’s West. This critically lauded film starred Oscar®-winner Robert Duvall and Oscar ®-nominee Thomas Haden Church and premiered on AMC in June 2006 to record-breaking numbers for the network. Hill received the DGA Award for his work on behalf of Broken Trail which was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards and won for Outstanding Miniseries, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor and Casting. Hill received an Emmy Award for producing and was nominated for Outstanding Directing For a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special.Hill’s career began in the early 1970s with screenplay credits for The Getaway starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, and The Drowning Pool starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. In 1975, he made his directorial debut with Hard Times, a Depression-era street fighting drama starring Charles Bronson and James Coburn. From there, Hill chose a succession of projects that found both cult and mainstream audiences.In 1979, Hill co-produced the science fiction blockbuster Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver, and served as producer or executive producer on the three sequels of the legendary film series. Among his other credits, Hill directed the smash hits 48 Hrs. and Another 48 Hrs., both starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. With these films and others such as The Warriors, Southern Comfort (starring Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe), Last Man Standing (Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern and Christopher Walken), and Johnny Handsome (Mickey Rourke and Morgan Freeman), he became known as one of the foremost action filmmakers in Hollywood.Hill began his exploration of the American western in 1980 when he directed the Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm nominee The Long Riders starring David and Keith Carradine, James and Stacy Keach, Randy and Dennis Quaid, Chris and Nicholas Guest. This film marked the beginning of Hill’s western trilogy, which continued with Geronimo starring Jason Patric, Wes Studi and Gene Hackman, and ended in 1995 with Wild Bill, which starred Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin and John Hurt.Other film credits for Hill include Streets of Fire starring Michael Pare´, Diane Lane and Willem Dafoe; Brewster’s Millions starring Richard Pryor and John Candy and most recently Bullet to the Head starring Sylvester Stallone. For television, Hill was executive producer of the Emmy nominated series Tales from the Crypt.Hill most recently directed the neo-noir thriller THE ASSIGNMENT which he co-wrote with Denis Hamill. THE ASSIGNMENT stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia.