‘American Horror Story’ star Jamie Brewer to receive the ‘See It, Be It’ Award from Bentonville Film Festival

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The Bentonville Film Festival will honor actor Jamie Brewer with the “See It, Be It” Award, which highlights a rising and influential voice in the landscape of diversity and inclusion in media.

The “American Horror Story” actor and Drama Desk Award winner will be honored for her unwavering commitment to representing and championing those with intellectual disabilities both on screen and off, ensuring media accurately reflects the real world.

The Arkansas film festival’s “See It, Be It” Award honors a rising and influential voice in the landscape of diversity and inclusion in media: A voice that is proud to represent their own and future generations, with an unwavering commitment to supporting typically underrepresented groups and championing media that accurately reflects the world we live in, according to a news release.

“We are thrilled to honor Jamie this year. She is the embodiment of fearless courage and the power of what representation can do to elevate a community of people around the world,” said Academy Award winner Geena Davis, Bentonville Film Festival co-founder and chairwoman. “Championing the underrepresented is the sole reason I wanted to launch this festival.”

In a remarkably short time, Brewer has established herself as a talent to be noted as well as being a source of inspiration, making a significant mark with her varied and versatile performances on the horror anthology series, American Horror Story.” Her breakthrough role on the series followed theater roles and appearances on television series like “Southland,” “Raymond & Lane” and “Switched at Birth.”

In 2015, Brewer became the first woman with Down Syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week, and two years later, she was asked by Miley Cyrus to introduce the singer/actor at the Variety Power of Women event, underscoring the position she has already achieved as an influential figure in popular culture.

Last year, Brewer won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for her performance in “Amy and the Orphans.”

On the big screen, she will be featured in director/co-writer Linda Palmer’s cafe comedy “Turnover,” which will be screened at the Bentonville festival.

The Bentonville Film Festival is May 7-11 in Arkansas. For more information, go to bentonvillefilmfestival.com.

-BAM

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