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Carl Reiner will receive a lifetime achievement honor and his late friend and colleague Sid Caesar will be given a memorial tribute May 1, the opening night of the 9th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, it was announced Wednesday by executive director Hilary Helstein.
In tribute to Caesar, who passed away Feb. 12 at the age of 91, the festival will screen the 1973 documentary Ten From Your Show of Shows — a feature compilation of skits from the 1950s TV program whose writers included Caesar (also the star), Reiner (who also performed), Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart and Neil Simon. The pioneering show starred Imogene Coca and Howard Morris.
Everybody Loves Raymond executive producer Phil Rosenthal will present the awards for Caesar and Reiner, now 92. There also will be a tribute to Hollywood casting director Marvin Paige, who passed away last Nov. 22 at age 86.
The May 1 gala evening also will mark the naming of the Steve Tisch Cinema Center inside the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The festival runs for a week, with other screenings at the Laemmle Theatres in Beverly Hills and Encino and the Arc Light in Sherman Oaks.
Other presentations include the Los Angeles premiere of The Sturgeon Queens; the North American premiere of The Life of the Jews In Palestine: 1913; and the Los Angeles premiere of The Jewish Cardinal on May 8, which is closing night.
For info, visit www. lajfilmfest.org.
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