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- A Tribute To Bob Rafelson

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  The Tiburon International Film Festival is delighted to pay a tribute to Bob Rafelson, one of the kings of independent film in the late sixties and early seventies. The tribute to Bob Rafelson will be on Friday, March 14, with the showing of Five Easy Pieces (1970) at 7:30 pm.

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Bob Rafelson is one of American cinemas leading figures, having distinguished himself over the past three decades as a director, writer and producer of a unique collection of award-winning and ground-breaking films.

Born in New York City and educated at Dartmouth and the University of Benares in India. Rafelson began his career in television and shortly thereafter started his own company which went on to create and produce the original Monkees, whose television show and pop recordings garnered phenomenal international success, including the Emmy for Best Television Show.

Rafelson made his feature film directorial debut with HEAD, long considered a cult classic. The film, starring the Monkees and which he also produced, marked his first professional collaboration with Jack Nicholson with whom he wrote the screenplay.

He is best known as the director of the 1970 classic film, FIVE EASY PIECES, starring Jack Nicholson, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. FIVE EASY PIECES, considered to be one of the most important films in the history of cinema, was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Supporting Actress (Karen Black).

Rafelson was honored by the New York Film Critics as the Best Director of the Year. Rafelson's success with FIVE EASY PIECES was followed by THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS, which he produced and directed. The international award-winning film, reviewed by Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times as "a curious, stunningly cinematic, intricately structured, intensely atmospheric new film," starred Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn.

An inveterate world traveler, Rafelson was drawn to the historical saga of explorers Sir Richard Burton and John Speke and their search for the origin of the Nile. Rafelson realized their story in his biographical account of their adventures when he directed and co-wrote MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON.

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