CONSTANCE WU NAMED AMBASSADOR FOR THE ARTS AT NORTH FORK TV FESTIVAL
Greenport Mayor George Hubbard to present letter of commendation on October 5 in Greenport, NY
Greenport, NY (August 8, 2019) – The North Fork TV Festival announced Golden Globe nominee Constance Wu as this year’s Ambassador for the Arts recipient. A formal ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 5 at the Greenport Theatre in Greenport, NY.
“No one better represents the future of scripted television than Constance,” said Founder Noah Doyle. “We strive to be part of the effort to create a more open and welcoming marketplace, and we’re thrilled that Constance will join us in that effort.”
Greenport Mayor George Hubbard Jr. will present Ms. Wu with a letter of commendation for her commitment to and promotion of the arts and for her work to encourage young people to excel in the arts within the North Fork community. Last year’s Ambassador to the Arts commendation was presented to actress Bridget Moynihan.
"The Village of Greenport has long been known to be a harmonious and ethnically diverse community, and we applaud Constance Wu for her work in furthering awareness of Asian-American representation in the television and film arts,” said Greenport Mayor George Hubbard Jr. “It is our pleasure to welcome Constance Wu to Greenport, and to honor her as Ambassador of the Arts for this year's North Fork TV Festival."
“Constance is an incredible actor and human being,” said festival Co-chair Mark Amstrong, who is also a partner at the management firm Principal Entertainment. “We’re honored to do our part to support members of the community who are outspoken about unfair hurdles in the arts”
Additionally, the North Fork TV Festival Canopy Award will be presented to Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony award winner Kelsey Grammer by previous recipient Chris Noth on Friday, October 4th.
Festival passes and individual tickets are now available for purchase online at https://www.northfork.tv/tickets.
For more information, including the full list of events and screenings at this year’s festival, visit https://northfork.tv/ and follow @NorthForkTV on Twitter and Instagram.
SCHEDULE OF AWARD PRESENTATION
Ambassador for the Arts
Saturday, October 5 | 7:00pm | Greenport Theatre
Greenport Mayor George Hubbard Jr will present Golden Globe nominee Constance Wu with a letter of commendation for her commitment to and promotion of the arts as well as her work to encourage young people to excel in the arts within the North Fork community.
Constance will next be seen starring in Lorene Scafaria’s drama, Hustlers, opposite Jennifer Lopez. Based on the New York magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, the film follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. STX is slated to release the film on September 13, 2019.
Following, Constance will be seen in her starring role as ‘Jessica Huang’ in season six of ABC’s comedy series “Fresh off the Boat.” The critically-acclaimed series is loosely based off of the life of Chef Eddie Huang. For this role, Constance was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy Series and was honored as part of the TIME 100 Most Influential People of 2017. "Fresh Off the Boat" also made Hollywood history as the first American Network TV show to center an Asian American family in over 20 years. As of this year, it will also mark another milestone as the first Asian- American led TV show ever to reach syndication.
Constance will soon begin production on Goodbye Vitamin which she will star and executive produce. Dylan Clark will also produce the film for his Universal-based Dylan Clark Productions with Jennifer Yee McDevitt adapting the novel. The film follows Ruth Young (Wu), who discovers that her father, a renowned history professor, has lost his job after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She decides to return home and work with her father’s former student to stage a fake class so he can continue to teach.
Last year, Constance starred in Warner Brother's romantic comedy hit, Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu. The film follows Rachel Chu's (Wu) story who accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick to his best friend's wedding she discovers, much to her surprise, that Nick's family is extremely wealthy, and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, nosy relatives, along with Nick's disapproving mother. For this role, Constance received a Golden Globe® nomination in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy and a Critics Choice® nomination in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy. The film itself received many accolades including a Golden Globe® nomination in the category of Best Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy, SAG Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Critics’ Choice Award nomination in the categories of Best Acting Ensemble and Best Comedy, coupled with box office success which made it the most successful studio romantic comedy in nearly a decade. Crazy Rich Asians also made Hollywood history as the first studio movie in over 25 years to star an Asian American woman.
Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off the Boat finds Constance in the unique position of being the sole actor to star in and lead both breakthrough projects for Asian American representation in Hollywood.
Additional film credits include Eric Darnell’s Crow: The Legend; Jenée LaMarque’s The Feels; Christopher Leone’s Parallels; Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice; Matt Tauber’s The Architect; and Hilary Brougher’s Stephanie Daley.
Constance holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase's prestigious Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film where she trained in classical theatre.
ABOUT THE NORTH FORK TV FESTIVAL
The North Fork TV Festival celebrates the evolution of television, both mainstream and independent, bringing together the minds of actors, executives, writers, and directors. Held annually in Greenport, New York, at the historic Greenport Theatre, the festival supports independent program development and embraces exciting, innovative voices from around the world. Founded in 2015, The North Fork TV Festival is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Every year an expert panel selects four independent pilots to be screened at the Festival and additionally mentored through development and eventual production of the pilots into on-air series.
This year, The North Fork TV Festival announces the inaugural Alfred P. Sloan Science + Tech Pilot Script Competition, which aims to encourage screenwriters to create realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The winner of the competition will have their script turned into a produced pilot which will premiere at the North Fork TV Festival in front of top industry talent.
The two-day festival will also feature this year’s Canopy Award winner, in-depth industry panels, screenings of independent television pilots, a wonderful children’s program, and parties both nights.
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