Reel Talk

The Napa Valley Film Festival’s tribute program highlights renowned artists who take on dynamic roles and have an unabashed passion for cinema and storytelling. This year, we are proud to honor Charles Krug Legendary Actor Kevin BaconBlackbird Vineyards Visionary Vanessa Hudgens, Alpha Omega Spotlight Jillian Bell, and Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Olivia Wilde.


Kevin Bacon is one of the foremost actors of his generation. His talent for balancing starring roles with powerful supporting characters in film, television, and on stage has allowed him to build a varied and critically acclaimed body of work. Bacon has starred in a wide range of film genres, from action thrillers to romantic comedies to heavy dramas — and even the occasional musical. More recently, Bacon starred in Jill Soloway’s Amazon series I Love Dick, alongside Kathryn Hahn. His portrayal earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. Later that year, Bacon also starred in the television movie Story of a Girl, which marked the directorial debut of his wife, Kyra Sedgwick. This year, Bacon was seen in the new Showtime series City on a Hill, opposite Aldis Hodge, which has just been renewed for a second season. He will also be starring in the upcoming thriller You Should Have Left, alongside Amanda Seyfried.


Vanessa Hudgens began her acting career at age eight, quickly gaining recognition and making her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen. However, it was Hudgens’ breakaway sensation in Disney’s High School Musical franchise that garnered her much praise and attention. Looking to diversify her roles, Hudgens starred in films such as Frozen Ground, Spring Breakers, and Gimme Shelter. In 2015, Hudgens made her Broadway debut, starring in the title role of the beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and musical Gigi. She has since returned to television, performing as Betty Rizzo in FOX’s Grease Live! and, most recently, as Maureen Johnson in FOX’s Rent Live!


With her versatility in writing and acting, Jillian Bell has established herself as a leading force in television and film. Bell executive produced and starred in Brittany Runs a Marathon, and will star in next year’s Bill & Ted Face the Music, opposite Keanu Reeves. Since her breakout role in 22 Jump Street, her additional credits include Rough Night, Office Christmas Party, Fist Fight, Goosebumps, The Night Before, Workaholics, Eastbound & Down, Portlandia, Partners, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Idiotsitter, which she co-created and starred in. Jillian recently sold a remake of the film Splash to Disney, and can currently be seen on FOX’s animated series, Bless The Harts.


The NVFF19 Celebrity Tributes program takes place Thursday, November 13 from 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. This event is available to Pass Plus (5-Day) holders and all Patron Circle members. Individual tickets can be purchased here.


Please note that a separate tribute to Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Olivia Wilde will be held on Friday, November 15 for Patron Circle members, filmmakers, and industry guests attending the festival. The award presentation will be preceded by a moderated on-stage conversation.

Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. An actress, director, producer, and activist, known for her work in films such as Meadowland, Her, Rush, and Drinking Buddies, Wilde recently made her directorial debut with Booksmart. Praised as one of the best films of the year, Booksmart also garnered the most wins of any film for the Los Angeles Film Critics Society’s Midseason Awards and landed her on Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch list. Wilde recently produced and starred in this year’s drama feature A Vigilante, and, next, will star in Clint Eastwood’s new film, Richard Jewell.

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