Film followed by Ad Astra Presentation and a conversation with Heather Matarazzo
Presented by Liberty Press
The Ad Astra Award -
Tallgrass Film Association is honored to present the 2016 Ad Astra award to actress and filmmaker Heather Matarazzo. Star of the Closing Night Gala film GIRL FLU, Matarazzo has dedicated her career to the cinematic arts and has made a decidedly Stubbornly Independent impact on the film world.
Heather began her career as a child actress and was hailed for her breakout role as Dawn Weiner, at age 11, in the 1996 Sundance Film Festival hit WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, directed by Todd Solondz. The film won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance and prizes from the Berlin Film Festival and the National Board of Review.
She would go on to appear in television series including TOWNIES, ROSEANNE, NOW AND AGAIN (earning Young Artist and Young Star Award nominations) and THE L WORLD, and lend her talents to studio films including Taylor Hackford’s THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, Garry Marshall’s THE PRINCESS DIARIES, COMPANY MAN, 54, SISTERS and some of the coolest independent films of the past decades including SAVED!, HURRICANE STREETS, Eli Roth’s HOSTEL: PART II and Ash Christians’ MANGUS! (Official Selection of the 2011 Tallgrass Film Festival, which she also produced.)
Heather made her Broadway debut in The Roundabout Theatre
Company’s revival of THE WOMEN, with Jennifer Tilly, Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Coolidge, and Amy Ryan.
She is masterful at delivering a wealth of great characters, and has proved equally adept at both comedy and drama. Her charm, humor and enviable talent have made her a independent film mainstay, and will continue to do so for many years to come. Please join us in honoring Heather Matarazzo with the Ad Astra Award following a screening of WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE.