This year we are proud to honor four individuals who have contributed their formidable talents and sustained passion to the arts and entertainment to the benefit of millions of people around the globe. Each will be presented with an ICON Award during our Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 7th at the Granada Theater in Morgan Hill.
Randy Spendlove is President of Motion Picture Music at Paramount Pictures. He also happens to be a Gilroy native. Spendlove is an accomplished music producer (Grammy winner, “Chicago” and Oscar nominee, “Dreamgirls”). Previously he worked at Miramax Films and A&M Records. During his career, he has worked with U2, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden, Bryan Adams, and other celebrated artists. His motion picture music credits include work on “Chicago,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Cold Mountain,” “Dreamgirls,” and other films. Spendlove is known as a youth mentor and philanthropist supporting music in education.
Polo Jones is the musical director and bass guitarist for Italian superstar Zucchero Fornaciari. He has worked with Carlos Santana, Ray Charles, Sting, Luciano Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Jeff Beck, Andrea Bocelli, Bono, Joe Cocker and others. His work can be heard on more than nine multi-platinum certified and Grammy award winning recordings, including “The Bodyguard,” a 25X platinum certified album, and other acclaimed recording projects with Paul Young and Pavarotti, among other music industry leaders.
Zoë Elton is Director of Programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF). Her Mind the Gap initiative established MVFF as a voice on issues of gender equity in film and tech. She has interviewed Nicole Kidman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Asghar Farhadi and other leading women in film. She has served as a film juror for Rockefeller Foundation, Haas Foundation, and the Independent Spirit Awards; and on the advisory boards of Frame of Mind Films and the Mendocino Film Festival.
Jan Krawitz teaches in the MFA Program in Documentary Film at Stanford University. As a documentary filmmaker, her work has been shown at film festivals including Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh, AFIDocs, and SWSX. Her most recent film, Perfect Strangers, won awards at several festivals and received a national broadcast on the PBS series, America Reframed. Her film, Big Enough, was broadcast on the national PBS series P.O.V. and in eighteen countries.
Kevin Rubio is an independent writer/producer, Emmy nominee and Gilroy native. His characters, Tag and Bink, were featured in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018), directed by Ron Howard.