Ethan Hawke Receives the Renaissance Award from the Gene Siskel Film Center

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We spoke with Director, Writer, Actor Ethan Hawke who was in Chicago to receive the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award at a gala in his honor at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The accomplished artist has acted in over 74 films, in addition to being a published author, writer, and director.  His upcoming film “BLAZE,” which was co-written, produced and directed by Hawke and will open in theaters this fall. “BLAZE” is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. 

Hawke also stars in Paul Schrader’s timely political and environmental thriller “First Reformed”, in which he plays the lead opposite Amanda Seyfried. The film premiered at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals garnering Hawke some of the best reviews of his career as an actor. “First Reformed” opened in theaters in May.

Thank you to Ethan Hawke for the wonderful interview.


About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...

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