Goldstein to receive Novikoff Award

Program director to be honored at San Francisco fest

Bruce Goldstein, repertory program director of New York's Film Forum and founder of Rialto Pictures, will receive the Mel Novikoff Award at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs April 23 to May 7.

Named for the late San Francisco art and repertory film exhibitor Mel Novikoff (1922-1987), the award acknowledges an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public's knowledge and appreciation of world cinema.

The award will be presented on May 3 at 5 pm at the Castro Theatre, which will include an an onstage interview with Goldstein by Anita Monga, a 20-minute reel of Rialto Pictures trailers, and the screening of a 35mm print of Federico Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria," one of many films to benefit from Goldstein's dedication to restoring and revitalizing classics.

"We knew we had the right guy for this year's award when Bruce started recalling having dinner with Mel Novikoff in 1983 when he was in San Francisco for the premiere of his film 'Hollyood Outtakes,' which had a subsequent successful run at the Castro," said director of programming Linda Blackaby. "As Jim Hoberman says, Bruce is a 'programmer's programmer; he is a great showman, an exemplary exhibitor and a true cinephile. We are especially thrilled to screen 'Nights of Cabiria' at the Castro, as Novikoff committee member Phil Kaufman recalls, it was a film Mel loved."
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