FILM FEST: Awards honor Keanu Reeves, Kingston-based documentary
by Kyle Wind
(snipped for Keanu)
KINGSTON — One sign of a great actor is versatility, actress and Ulster County resident Vera Farmiga said at the Woodstock Film Festival awards ceremony Saturday night.
“When I think of Keanu, I am at once struck by the decade-defining character Neo in ‘The Matrix’ and the vulnerable, strung-out hustler that he portrayed in ‘My Own Private Idaho,’” Farmiga said in presenting the festival’s Honorary Excellence in Acting Award to Keanu Reeves.
Farmiga described Reeves as a “pop culture phenomenon and a subculture hero,” adding that “this dichotomy is a testament to Keanu’s ability to just dance between these two worlds.”
She also described Reeves as an actor who is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone and take “big-time risks.”
Farmiga co-stars with Reeves in “Henry’s Crime,” which was shown at Upstate Films in Woodstock on Saturday as part of the festival. Throughout the filming, Farmiga said, Reeves “threw me lot of curveballs.”
Reeves accepted the award on behalf of himself “and everyone I’ve ever worked with.”