The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian will get the Society's Peter J. Owens Award at an awards dinner May 3 at the St. Francis Hotel as part of the 50th annual San Francisco Film International Film Festival.
When I was doing standup comedy in this town in the late 80’s and 90’s, I had the pleasure of meeting Robin on several occasions. He would come into SF comedy clubs like the Holy City Zoo and the Other Café late at night to try out new material and he always killed. There was an electricity in the air on those nights that you can’t quantify or understand unless you were there.
Besides Williams, the 2007 SF Film Festival's other major award recipients, as previously announced, are all men: George Lucas, honored with a one-time only Irving M. Levin Award; director Spike Lee (whose Acts III and IV of his Hurricane Katrina documentary, "When the Levees Broke," will screen); and scriptwriter Peter Morgan (coming off a strong year with "The Queen" and "The Last King of Scotland").
For information about the May 3 Film Society Awards Night, call (415) 551-5190. For tickets and information about the Williams tribute at the Castro, call (925) 866-9559 or go to http://www.sffs.org/.