A woman with influence
“I never, ever wanted to be anything other than an actress,” admits Gena Rowlands. And she’s been doing it since she left college in 1950. Highlights of her iconic career, which includes more than 60 movies, are her collaborations with husband John Cassavetes. On Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Lensic, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival honors the actress with a Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a screening of 1974’s A Woman Under the Influence, written and directed by Cassavetes. Rowlands acknowledges that her Oscarnominated performance as Mabel was one of her most rewarding — and her most difficult. The seventh annual film festival runs from Wednesday, Oct. 14, to Sunday, Oct. 18, with an array of features, documentaries, shorts, panel discussions, and parties at various venues around town. On the cover is a portrait of Rowlands.