SALUTE TO CHARLES MARTIN SMITH &

AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Guest: Charles Martin Smith, Writer0-Director

SEASON FINALE

TUESDAY, APRIL 28

7:00PM: Special Presentation (Auditorium 4 Only)

7:10PM: Introduction (Auditorium 4)

7:20PM: Introduction (Auditorium 5)

7:30PM: SALUTE TO CHARLES MARTIN SMITH and

STONE OF DESTINY

AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres

Our Season Finale

SALUTE TO CHARLES MARTIN SMITH and

STONE OF DESTINY

Charles Martin Smith is an American film actor, writer, and director. Born in Van Nuys, California, Smith was discovered by a talent agent while acting in a school play, usually a rare occurrence. After a few years of working in film, he landed the role of Terry "The Toad" Fields in the George Lucas' 1973 film American Graffiti (1973). The sequel More American Graffiti (1979), did not have the success of the original, but he gained notice in The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Never Cry Wolf (1983), and the successful Starman (1984).

Smith's career continued mainly in supporting roles, but he received good reviews for his work in The Untouchables (1987). While his career was largely unremarkable in the 1990s after appearing in less successful films such as Speechless (1994) and I Love Trouble (1994), Smith turned in a well-regarded performance in the TV miniseries Larry McMurtry's "Streets of Laredo" (1995) and a minor role in the big budget Deep Impact (1998). He was also one of the directors of the TV series "Space: Above and Beyond" (1995) as well as the director of the initial episode ("Welcome to the Hellmouth") that launched the hit TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997).

Since the mid-1990s, Smith has increasingly focused on his work behind the camera. He directed the feature film Air Bud (1997) (Disney), and two TV miniseries for Hallmark Entertainment, Roughing It (2002) (TV) and Icon (2005) (TV). He also he wrote and directed the feature film The Snow Walker (2003) for Lion's Gate Films, based on a story by Farley Mowat (Never Cry Wolf (1983)), which marked a return to the Arctic for Smith. He now resides in Canada and continues to add to production, directing, acting, and writing credits in a career that has spanned over 35 years.

Tonight the Cinema Society of San Diego is proud to be premiering Charles's latest writing/directing effort—STONE OF DESTINY:

Charles Martin Smith brings a fine wit and charm to spare to this tale, based in truth. The Coronation Stone — the "stone of destiny" — was used in Scotland for centuries to crown the heads of the land. Then the English stole it. In 1950, four Scottish students hatch a plan to steal it back from Westminster Abbey.

Written and Directed by Charles Martin Smith and produced by Rob Merilees and Andrew Boswell,, STONE OF DESTINY, an Arclight Films Release, stars Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Stephen McCole, Ciaron Kelly and Robert Carlyle.

Running Time: 96 Minutes Unrated

PLEASE NOTE: "Society's Finest Award" ballots will be handed out this evening!

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