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Denzel Washington to be honored as a Modern Master at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Denzel Washington to be honored as a Modern Master at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has found its 2017 Maltin Modern Master in actor, director and producer Denzel Washington, as announced Tuesday morning.

The award, renamed in 2015 to honor film critic and longtime SBIFF moderator Leonard Maltin, was established in 1995 to honor an individual whose accomplishments in the film industry have enriched American culture.

“Denzel Washington directing, producing and acting in ‘Fences’ defines the Modern Master for the 21st century,” SBIFF executive...

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