2013 Humanitarian Award
Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. A native of San Francisco, he attended San Francisco State University and received his dramatic training at the American Conservatory Theatre’s Black Actors’ Workshop. He gained his first major success in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg. A versatile actor, Glover has played villains and heroes in all types of films. His film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and in the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich. In 2005 Glover co-founded NY based Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes. The company is dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity.
Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor and was honored with a 2011 “Pioneer Award” from the National Civil Rights Museum. Internationally Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Glover was presented in 2011 with the prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters from the French Ministry of Culture and was honored with a Tribute at the Deauville International Film Festival. Currently Glover serves as a UNICEF Ambassador.
The 9th annual Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will take place from September 18 to 29, 2013, and is brought to you by Global Montreal!