Robert Redford tapped for San Fran fest nod

Event will include career retrospective, audience Q&A

The 52nd San Francisco Film Festival will honor Robert Redford with its Peter J. Owens Award, named for a longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations. The award will be presented to Redford at Film Society Awards Night on April 30 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

The San Franciso Film Society's Youth Education Program will be the beneficiary of the black-tie fundraiser honoring Redford and the soon-to-be announced recipients of the Founder's Directing Award and the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting.

Redford also will be feted at a public onstage tribute at the Castro Theatre on April 29. The program will feature career retrospective film clips, audience Q&A and an onstage interview with Phil Bronstein, editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, followed by the world premiere screening of the restoration of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

"We feel honored to be paying tribute to Robert Redford, a man who is in a class by himself, both on and off the screen," said Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society. "His intelligence, skill and dedication as an actor have brought to life scores of unforgettable characters, while the same qualities in the service of politics, the arts and the environment have been an inspiration to millions."

Penelope Wong and Tim Kochis chair the 2009 Film Society Awards Night committee. Celeste and Anthony Meier are the honorary chairs.

The fest runs from April 23-May 7.