CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) --
Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman's career will be the focus of the Embarras
Valley Film Festival in the eastern Illinois town of Charleston.
The festival will feature five Hackman
movies: "Bonnie and Clyde,"
"Unforgiven," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Hoosiers"
and "The French Connection." Events start Saturday with a film
workshop for middle school children. "The Versatile Gene Hackman"
festival runs Nov. 1-3 at the Doudna Fine Arts Center.
The 82-year-old actor has won two Academy
Awards and been nominated for three others over a career that's spanned five
decades. He grew up in Danville.
The festival is a partnership between Eastern Illinois University
and the local community. All events are free and open to the public. University
officials say Hackman isn't scheduled to attend.