By Joanie Fraughton
Special to The PREVIEW
Durango Film — An Independent Film Festival — has announced that Judge Reinhold, of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” fame, and Wes Studi, a star in the film “The Last of the Mohicans,” will be in Durango for this year’s independent film festival. The popular festival, now in its ninth year, takes place Feb. 26 through March 2.
A special screening of “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” will be presented at the Animas City Theater on Friday. Special guest Judge Reinhold will be available for questions and answers following the showing.
Judge Reinhold has been seen in over 75 motion picture and television roles and enjoys a 25-year relationship with an international audience of all ages. His many films include “Stripes,” the multi-generational hit “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Ruthless People” and Disney’s hit Christmas franchise, “The Santa Clause” 1, 2 and 3. Paramount Pictures’ “Beverly Hills Cop” 1, 2 and 3 have played continually internationally over the past 25 years, making Judge a familiar presence worldwide.
His cumulative box office ranks him the 50th highest grossing actor of all time (the-movie-times.com), and both “Fast Times” and “Beverly Hills Cop” were voted by the American Film Institute as two of the “Top 100 American Comedies.”
Wes will be attending the Native American Film Reception on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Sorrel Sky Gallery. He will also be a guest at the Lying to Tell the Truth panel on Saturday, and at the screening of his film “The Only Good Indian” on Saturday, March 1, at noon.
From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype.
Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes moved audiences with unforgettable performances in “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” and “Heat,” as well as James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Paul Weitz’s “Being Flynn.”
For information about Durango Film, call 375-7779 or visit online at durangofilm.org.