The Sun Valley Film Festival begins in just two weeks. Cutting edge indie films, rising stars and cinematic luminaries will descend upon the north valley in mid-March. The festival has been rolling out announcements steadily for the past few weeks, but has finally just confirmed the biggest detail: the recipient of the prestigious Vision Award.
This year’s Vision Award will go to comedian Amy Poehler.
The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning comedian rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in the early 2000s. From then, her popularity skyrocketed with her leading role as Leslie Knope in the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”
Most recently, she has been hosting the NBC crafting competition show “Making It” alongside her “Parks and Recreation” co-star Nick Offerman.
Poehler will attend the film festival, which runs from March 18-22.
Past winners include Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone and Geena Davis.
“We started the Vision Award with Clint Eastwood, because he’s an icon of the industry we really wanted to celebrate,” festival Director Candice Pate said in a statement. “Since then, we’ve built quite a tradition of honoring heavy hitters whose contributions will stand the test of time.”
The festival will also honor actor Winston Duke with its Rising Star Award and director Eliza Hittman with its Pioneer Award.
For more information, visit sunvalleyfilmfestival.org and check out the official program, which will be printed in the Mountain Express on March 11.