The Humanity Bureau VRevolution – Nicolas Cage Honored at Cinequest Film and VR Festival
Cinequest, a vanguard organization that fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower, improve, and transform the lives of people and communities, today announced that it will bestow its most prestigious award to a true modern-day legend of film. In a special event on February 28th, Nicolas Cage will receive Cinequest’s highest honor, the Maverick Spirit Award for his contributions to film canon and cinema’s ongoing evolution. This special event will take place during the Cinequest Film & VR Festival in Silicon Valley, February 27th – March 11th, 2018.
“The astounding volume of work aside, Nicolas Cage’s versatility, craft and courage as an actor have made him one of the most recognized and revered artists of our time,” said Halfdan Hussey, co-founder and CEO of Cinequest. “From emotional, nuanced performances in films like Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation, to high octane edge-of-your-seat energy in box office darlings like National Treasure and The Rock, to his unparalleled comedic performances in Raising Arizona and Moonstruck, the impact he has had on the film industry cannot be measured, and we’re thrilled to honor this titan of entertainment and host him at the festival.”
A true individual and independent spirit, at an early age, Nicolas Cage chose to replace his legendary last name – Coppola – with the moniker ‘Cage’ to avoid any nepotism that may come with being part of the unofficial ‘royal family’ of film. Charting his own course, in a career spanning four decades, Cage has seemingly done it all, working with the best actors, directors (Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Mike Figgis, Norman Jewison, the Coen brothers, Werner Herzog, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Spike Jonze, to name a few), and writers, producing great film after film, in virtually every genre. Besides his extensive résumé of roles, Cage has earned numerous accolades and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Adaptation, and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the heart-wrenching Leaving Las Vegas.
In maverick fashion, Cage adds “virtual reality actor” to his list of accolades, embracing this new medium for entertainment. His incredible new sci-fi movie, The Humanity Bureau, will release in theatres on April 6th while the sister experience, The Humanity Bureau VRevolution, will make its world premiere at Cinequest. Cage stars in this dystopian, near-future thriller, as the world faces serious environmental problems resulting in global warming. A standalone episodic virtual reality series, The HumanityBureau VRevolution gives audiences an immersive, 360 degree view of Cage’s ability to span not only different genres and styles – but mediums.
Nicolas Cage joins Cinequest on February 28th at the illustrious California Theatre, for an award presentation and conversation about his life, career and ongoing work. Cinequest VR Visionary Award honoree and producer of the VR series, The Humanity Bureau VRevolution, Travis Cloyd, will join Cage at this evening event, alongside The Humanity Bureau producer Kevin DeWalt and director Rob King, to help commemorate his achievements and discuss his approach to acting within an immersive and technologically driven format.
Nicolas Cage joins past Cinequest honorees including Harrison Ford, Michael Keaton, JJ Abrams, Jane Lynch and Jennifer Jason Leigh in receiving this award at the organization’s 28th annual festival.
Renowned for the exceptional quality and diversity of its program, CQ2018 will screen 229 film and short films, and 29 virtual reality experiences. With 510 screenings, events, parties and experiences, Cinequest will be the venue for 74 World and 55 U.S. premieres, representing works from 45 countries. Showcasing the emerging realm of virtual reality, attendees are invited to immerse themselves in this new storytelling medium at its curated VR Cinema and VR Experience Lounge. Over the 13-day program, Silicon Valley becomes the epicenter of tech and entertainment as global filmmakers, futurists, writers, technologists, actors and converge to celebrate their work in the world’s leading innovation community and one of the most diverse metros in the world.
To learn more about the full festival lineup, and to purchase festival passes, tickets to screenings and special events, visit www.cinequest.org.
A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists, and innovators to create and connect – driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Picture The Possibilities, and its sister company Cinequest Mavericks Studio. (Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.)