Actress Tessa Thompson will receive the JCB Collection Trailblazer Tribute at this year’s Celebrity Tributes presentation at the seventh annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF). Thompson will join the festival’s already announced line-up of honorees including Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker Nancy Meyers, Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Michael Shannon, Charles Krug Spotlight Tribute honoree Michael Stuhlbarg and the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute honorees Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder.
Thompson is best known for her roles in Creed and Dear White People, as well as her performance on HBO’s acclaimed drama series Westworld. She is also starring as the female lead in the highly-anticipated third installment of the Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok. In 2018, Thompson can also be found co-starring in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation and the fantasy/comedy Sorry to Bother You.
“Tessa is an actress who has demonstrated in her career the ability to take on unique, dynamic roles that demonstrate her remarkable range and ability to bring her humanity to each performance. As a “trailblazer,” she is the embodiment of someone who is undaunted by taking risks and in doing so, achieves great success,” said Marc Lhormer, co-founder of the Napa Valley Film Festival.
The Celebrity Tributes program will take place on Thursday, November 9 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville and will include highlight reels and an intimate on-stage conversation with Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales.
NVFF announced their plans to move forward with this year’s programming following the wildfires that affected the region last month. The festival will be the first big event to take place since the fires, and will be both a celebration of the Valley itself, as well as an opportunity to support the rebuilding efforts of the community. NVFF will be donating 10% of all pass sales revenue from October 16 through the festival to the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund and Presenting Sponsor Lexus is generously donating 1,000 free tickets to select movies for those impacted by the fires.