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TVIFF / Dionne Warwick - Lifetime Career Achievement Award

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Ledendary Music Icon Dionne Warwick to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 12th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival

2006 Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival Set to Roll September 13-17

Temecula, CA July 26, 2006 - The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF) is proud to announce legendary music icon Dionne Warwick as the 2006 Lifetime Career Achievement Award recipient. Warwick will accept the award at a black tie gala on the festival's closing night, Sunday, September 17, 2006, at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The lifetime career achievement award is presented to icons in the film and music world that have made significant contributions to the art and business of film and music.

Celebrating 45 years in show business in 2006, Warwick's signature interpretations have made their mark on the landscape of pop music through each decade, weaving generations of listeners from every demographic. Her reputation as a hit maker has been firmly implanted into American consciousness, thanks to nearly sixty charted hit songs since “Don't Make Me Over" climbed the charts in 1962.

Warwick received her first of six Grammy Awards in 1968 for her classic hit, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and in doing so, became the first African-American solo artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Performance. Dionne also preceded the success of some her musical peers by becoming the first such artist to achieve twelve consecutive Top 100 hit singles from 1963 - 1966, including “Walk on By," “I Say A Little Prayer," “Close To You," “Anyone Who Had A Heart," among many others.

Warwick is currently completing her first new album of duets for Concord Records, due out this Fall and featuring an array of top flight artists, including Gladys Knight, Olivia Newton John, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Mya and Pink, among others.

Commenting on Warwick's award, Founder and Festival Director, Jo Moulton said, “Warwick is the consummate artist and performer. Her music, her amazing body or work and accomplishments are truly worthy of recognition. Her songs have touched the hearts of millions for decades. Her attendance and participation in our festival is validation of her support and recognition of what our festival is all about - the promoting and showcasing of largely untapped, unrecognized but truly gifted independent film and music artists."

Other honorees for the 2006 Gala in the categories of Producer, Actor, Actress and Director will be announced shortly. In years past, honorees have included such legendary talent as Ray Charles, Karl Malden, Rita Coolidge, Robert Wise, Carl Reiner, Etta James, Shirley Jones, John Spencer, Michael York, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Leonard Maltin.

The Festival is scheduled from September 13 - 17, 2006, will screen more than 100 films and showcase 10 music artists from all across America and around the globe. All screenings and music performances will take place at the Movie Experience Theaters at Tower Plaza Center (25735 Ynez Road). Tickets will be available to the general public, September 1. For more event details, log on to www.tviff.com or call (951) 699-5514.

The 12th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival is presented by Cinema Entertainment Alliance, a nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to celebrating world cinema and music.

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