FILM – CLOSING NIGHT – ACTIVISM AWARD

ACTIVISM AWARD 2023

We believe in everyone’s voice and as such, we are proud to make this year about activism as well. While art is important, we wanted to recognize those in our community who are driven by a bigger purpose.

SCIFF is proud to announce our first ACTIVISM AWARD which will be celebrated during our awards ceremony on closing night.

2023 AWARD WINNER

Erin Gray

Erin Gray

Erin Gray is an internationally known actress, speaker, writer, and tai chi teacher. On screen she redefined America’s public’s image of the ideal woman as Colonel Deering in the feature film and TV series “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” and then in the award-winning TV Series “Silver Spoons”. In addition, Erin has co-starred in over 50 television movies such as “Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders” and had TV guest appearances on such shows as “Magnum PI”, “Hunter”, “Baywatch”, “Silk Stalkings”, “Murder She Wrote”, “Fall Guys” and “Starman,” and in the last decade Erin starred in over a dozen Indie films. The last two films being “Dreams Awake”, with Dreams Awake winning best actress at the Monaco Film Festival, and at the Houston Film Festival, and “The Music Teacher” where she won best actress at the 2020 Golden State Film Festival.

Erin is the founder of ‘Heroes for Hire,’ a company that represents artists for national and international personal appearances and speaking engagements. Erin’s passions, lie in teaching the Oriental Arts of Chi Kung and Tai Chi, believing these life-enhancing tools hold the key to longevity, good health and for releasing one’s greatest potentials.

Erin also enjoys giving back to society by being a motivational speaker on topics increasing one’s human potential, finding the hero in oneself, and personal effectiveness in life and business. For years she has been educating the public about Domestic Violence issues, a topic that is close to her heart. On request of Lifetime Cable Erin spoke in front of a congressional gathering on the importance of passing the Woman Again Domestic Violence Act and hosted such programs as lifetime Cable’s “Drug & Alcohol Intervention Program”. Just a few of the organizations she’s spoken for are the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Athletes & Entertainers for Kids, AFLAC, PNC Bank, Lady Remington, Great Northeast Women’s Conference, LA Times Women’s Conference, USC, the commencement address at LA Police Academy Graduation and for UPS on behalf Haven House, a battered Woman’s shelter where she was on the Board of Directors for years, creating PSA’s with Women in Film and raising funds since 1991.

 

‘Act Right, A Manual For The On-Camera Actor’ co-written with Mara Purl, is her first book, and in 2009 it won a Gold Evvy Award.

 

Erin Gray is the recipient of eleven community service awards, including The Leadership Award by the County of LA and the 2002 Woman of the Year Award presented by the Los Angeles Commission for Women, & The Guardian Angel Award from Mothers Against Sexual Abuse, the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award of Distinction, the 1999 Women’s peace Power Media Award, the 2002 Women of the year award by the LA commission For Women and two Lifetime Achievement Awards.”