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VSDA To Fete Actor Jeff Daniels

9 Sep, 2002 By: Hive News

Actor Jeff Daniels will receive the Independent Career Achievement Award from the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) during the Oct. 8 opening session at the East Coast Video Show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, VSDA has announced.

Daniels' 20-year film career has included leading roles in such high-profile movies as Terms of Endearment, The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Something Wild, Radio Days, Speed, Dumb & Dumber, Pleasantville and most recently, Blood Work. Daniels also has an impressive list of leading roles in independent films such as Chasing Sleep (2000), Trial And Error (1997), 2 Days In The Valley (1996) and Rain Without Thunder (1992).

Most recently, Daniels made his directorial debut with the independent film Escanaba in da Moonlight, which he also wrote and stars in. The film is a comedy about the Soady family men's annual deer-hunting trek in Michigan. The film debuts Oct. 15 on Monarch Home Video.

“The depth and diversity of Jeff Daniel's body of work illustrates the importance of independent films to an actor's career,” said VSDA president Bo Andersen. “His recent directorial debut within the independent film community makes him an ideal recipient of this award.”

In addition to accepting the award, Daniels will participate in a discussion about the importance of independent films with Emmy-awarding winning entertainment journalist Neil Rosen.

Daniels made his screen debut in Ragtime in 1981. He followed this by performing the one-man play, Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun on stage in New York, for which he won an Obie Award in 1982. This success lead to his first major film role as Flap Horton, the husband of Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment. He followed this role with the lead in the Woody Allen film, The Purple Rose of Cairo.

In addition to his film and television career, Daniels remains active in theater. He started his own theater company, The Purple Rose Theater in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. The company produces new works including several plays Daniels has written.

The VSDA presented its first Independent Career Achievement Award last year at the East Coast Video Show to actor/director John Turturro.

The East Coast Video Show is the largest gathering of home entertainment retailers on the East Coast. Exhibits include a full range of home entertainment software such as VHS, DVD, CD-ROM, etc. The show also features exhibitors in non-software categories such as store fixtures, store management systems and snacks. Attendees have opportunities to attend conferences and roundtable discussion groups and network during evening events for a preregistration fee of $25 for VSDA members and $40 for nonmembers (available until Sept. 17). The East Coast Video Show is open to the trade only. No one under 18 will be admitted.

Those interested may register for the 2002 show by calling toll-free (888) 778-8892, or (218) 723-9130, or online here.

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