Film News Roundup: Pam Grier Selected for Ad Astra Honor by Tallgrass Festival

In today’s film news roundup, Pam Grier is honored by the Tallgrass Film Festival, Paramount hires Michelle Hagen, “Hallowed Ground” has launched production, and musician Glenn Danzig is making a movie.

HONOR

Pam Grier has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Ad Astra Award for the 16th edition of the Tallgrass Film Festival, held Oct. 17-21 in Wichita, Ks.

Tallgrass Film Festival’s program director Nick Pope said, “Pam Grier is someone that Tallgrass has sought to bring to Wichita and honor for the longest time. She is the iconic feminine face of urban cinema in the ’70s. A prime inspiration both for an entire genre’s mainstream success, a muse for multiple filmmakers, and an inspiration and trend-setter for many actors and filmmakers that followed, it will be the biggest thrill to welcome her and celebrate her career.”

Grier broke into films with prison movies like 1971’s “The Big Doll House” and “The Big Bird Cage” (1972), followed by Blaxploitation movies “Coffy,” “Foxy Brown,” and “Sheba Baby.” She scored a SAG and Golden Globe nomination for her work in 1997’s “Jackie Brown” and had recurring parts on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The L Word.”

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