Lindsay Wagner, an actress, advocate and author, accepted the “Pay it Forward” award Sunday during the “It’s a Wrap” Gig Harbor Film Festival ceremony at the Babich netshed for her lifetime achievement of working and supporting the film industry.
Wagner attended to support her son, Dorian Kingi, who had a short documentary called “Tranquility” at the festival.
“I was able to be part of the rise of women in film, riding the crest for the first half of my career, bringing attention to women through the industry,” Wagner said. “I had visibility through my work in television and in films.”
After 20 years, Wagner transitioned into a phase of personal growth and awareness.
She has been teaching young actors and working with the film department at San Bernadino College.
“It’s been exciting to be able to talk and share helpful things about my journey with people teaching classes and through workshops,” Wagner said. “You don’t know how much you have learned until you start speaking and realize you have things to teach others.”
Kingi following in his father’s footsteps as a stunt man. He recently turned his eye to directing with his first released short documentary.
Kingi learned a lot on set with his parents, although he noted going into the family business has its advantages and challenges.
“Doors are opened easier, but that comes with the high expectations,” he said. “There’s an expectation to come to the table with more than the average person.”
Kingi completed his first documentary after he went to India during his senior year of high school. The 20-minute integrated film was his first foray into directing, and it gave him experience with all aspects of the industry.
“It was exquisite,” Wagner said of the family project. “I saw he had a creative eye from an early age, making family films.”
“Tranquility” is Kingi’s first publicly released project, and it won an award of merit at the Palm Springs Film Festival last spring.
Being a stuntman gave Kingi lots of tools and set experience, and he learned what to do and not do.
“I was a stunt double in Silver Surfer in a new remake of RoboCop coming out soon,” he said.
The stuntman-turned-director is looking to translate his experience into “justified action” movies, knowing how to keep stuntmen safe and capture the angles he needs for shots.
Wagner said she’s pleasantly surprised with Kingi’s creativity and success.
“He always is exceeding and topping my already high level I had thought I had for him,” she said.
As a mother, the actress is most appreciative of the relationship she has with her son.
“It’s built on honesty, trust and respect,” Wagner said. “I say it straight, and we can have a great exchange about his work and projects.”
Marty Thacker, the executive director of the Gig Harbor Film Festival, awarded Wagner a glass garden sculpture that was created by Gig Harbor artist Josh Turner.
“Lindsey didn’t want any hoopla when she came,” Thacker said. “She is so gracious. A wonderful mother and lady.”
Wagner has spent time in the Northwest and has owned a home in Sequim.
“I love the energy and expression of life force here in this place,” she said.
“This (film festival) was beautifully done. The volunteers and community made us feel so comfortable and at home.”Lifetstyles Coordinator Kim Eibel can be reached at 253-358-4152 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.