The North Fork TV Festival
has selected Fresh off the Boat
and Crazy Rich Asian
star Constance Wu as this year's Ambassador for the Arts recipient.
"No one better represents the future of scripted television than Constance," said Founder Noah Doyle.
The Golden Globe
nominee will be honored during the Festival on Saturday, October 5 at the Greenport Theatre in Greenport.
"We strive to be part of the effort to create a more open and welcoming marketplace, and we're thrilled that Constance will join us in that effort," Doyle reflected.
During the ceremony, Greenport Mayor George Hubbard Jr. will present the actress with a letter of commendation for her dedication to and advocating of the arts, as well as for her work to champion young people to thrive in the arts within the North Fork community.
"The Village of Greenport has long been known to be a harmonious and ethnically diverse community, and we applaud Constance Wu for her work in furthering awareness of Asian-American representation in the television and film arts," noted Greenport Mayor George Hubbard Jr. "It is our pleasure to welcome Constance Wu to Greenport, and to honor her as Ambassador of the Arts for this year's North Fork TV Festival."
Wu earned a Best Actress in a Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe® nomination and Best Actress in a Comedy Critics Choice® nomination for Crazy Rich Asians
, as well as a Best Actress in a Comedy Series Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Fresh off the Boat
Fresh off the Boat
is the first American network TV show in over 20 years to center around an Asian American family and is also the first Asian-American led TV show to reach syndication. Additionally, Crazy Rich Asians
made Hollywood history as the first studio movie featuring an all-Asian cast and an Asian American lead in 25 years.
"We are not supporting roles," Wu told Time
about her historic roles. "We are stars on our own journeys
"Constance is an incredible actor and human being," said festival Co-chair Mark Amstrong, who is also a partner at the management firm Principal Entertainment. "We're honored to do our part to support members of the community who are outspoken about unfair hurdles in the arts."
Next up, Wu will star opposite Jennifer Lopez
in Lorene Scafaria's drama, Hustlers
. The actress is also set to begin production on Goodbye Vitamin
, which she will star in and executive produce.
The Festival will also commemorate Emmy
, Golden Globe and Tony award
winner Kelsey Grammer
with the North Fork TV Festival Canopy Award. 2017 Canopy Award recipient Chris Noth
will present Grammer with the award on Friday, October 4.
The 2019 North Fork TV Festival will take place on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. The Festival, which celebrates independent scripted TV, will feature screenings, panels, and parties.
For more information, visit www.northfork.tv.
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