George Eastman Museum logoRochester, N.Y., May 11, 2023—The George Eastman Museum is holding a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 25 with actress and filmmaker Jodie Foster, who will receive the George Eastman Award later that evening. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first award to recognize the enduring artistic value of the oeuvre of a film actor, director, or cinematographer. At the press conference, Foster will make a short statement and take questions from the media. Dr. Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director of the George Eastman Museum, will provide welcome and introductory remarks.

When: Thursday, May 25

Where: George Eastman Museum, Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave

Time: Press conference will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m.


9:45 a.m.                                                   Media and Guests Begin to Arrive

10 a.m.                                                      Press Conference Begins

10 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.                                Bruce Barnes, the Ron and Donna Fielding
Director, George Eastman Museum

  • Welcome/Introduces Jodie Foster

10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m                           Jodie Foster

  • Takes questions from media
  • Signs portrait to be on display at Eastman Museum


  • May 24 at 7:30 p.m. – A special screening of The Silence of the Lambs (1991) at the Dryden. Foster will talk about the film prior to the screening. No interviews.
  • May 25 at 8 p.m. – The George Eastman Award ceremony in the Dryden. It will feature a video compilation of Foster’s work, as well as a live conversation between the actor and the museum’s Curator of Film Exhibitions Jared Case. Ron and Donna Fielding Director Bruce Barnes. No interviews. Tickets are not required to cover the gala.

About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, its L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation’s graduate program (a collaboration with the University of Rochester) makes critical contributions to film preservation. For more information, visit

About the George Eastman Award
The George Eastman Award for distinguished contribution to the art of cinema was established by the Eastman Museum in 1955 to raise awareness of the imperative of the film preservation. The first two presentations of the award in 1955 and 1957, known as the Festival of Film Artists, were a tribute to the legends of the silent film era (1915–1930). Since then, the George Eastman Award has honored a range of actors, directors, and cinematographers.

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ATTENTION—Media: Video/Photos are permitted. There will not be opportunities for an 1:1 interview. High-res photos of the actor, bio, and film stills available at:

Media Contact:

Nathaniel Smith

(585) 327-4813