SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes was awarded a first-ever John Garfield Lifetime Achievement Award at the second annual Shadow Box Film Festival, which took place at the SVA Theatre on December 6 and 7. Named after acting legend John Garfield, who starred in the 1948 Oscar-winning boxing film Body and Soul (which screened at the festival), the award was also presented to actors Burt Young (Rocky) and Holt McCallany (Lights Out) for their roles in helping to elevate the fighter on film. Rhodes received the honor in recognition of his unwavering support for the Shadow Box Film Festival and the students at SVA in their pursuit of artistic excellence. “I’m honored just to be on the same program as one of the greatest boxing films of all time,” Rhodes said. “Body and Soul shows you why Garfield was a legend in his own right.”
This year’s festival showcased 24 boxing films, including 11 features, from six countries around the world. “We are very thankful that the School of Visual Arts has again agreed to host the event in their state-of-the-art theater,” said Festival Director David Schuster. “The Festival wouldn’t be back for a second year without Anthony Rhodes.” For more information about the Shadow Box Film Festival, click here.
Image, from left to right: Anthony P. Rhodes; World Light Heavyweight Champion and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins and Academy Award-nominated actor Burt Young.