Don Cheadle gets indie honor

Antonio Banderas, Jada Pinkett Smith also get nods

Don Cheadle will be honored with the Spirit of Independence Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival's Awards Ceremony on June 29.

The fest also announced Tuesday that Antonio Banderas, Jada Pinkett Smith and Rob Reiner will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for this year's festival.

Created in 2005, the Spirit of Independence Award recognizies artistic independence in film and has previously been presented to George Clooney, Charlize Theron and Clint Eastwood.

"Don Cheadle has created extraordinary work in his career as an actor and producer. This honorary award is a gesture of our appreciation for his diligence and determination to produce consistently brilliant work for the film world," Dawn Hudson, executive director of Film Independent, the throws the annual fest, said.

Banderas will participate in a festival conversation entitled "Una Noche Con Antonio Banderas," taking place on June 24 at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood.

Pinkett Smith will host the festival's Filmmaker Reception on June 23 at the W – Los Angeles hotel.

Reiner will participate in a festival conversation entitled an "Evening with Rob Reiner" and screening of his film "The American President" on June 26at the Billy Wilder Theater.
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