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James Gandolfini to get tribute for independent film work

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a scene

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a scene from "Enough Said," a film showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival. Credit: AP

James Gandolfini, who died June 19 in Italy, was, of course, best know for "The Sopranos" but the Independent Filmmaker Project Monday will honor him for his film work -- much, if not most of it, independent. This includes his Iraq War documentaries, and Nicole Holofcener's recently released, "Enough Said," with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Steve Buscemi will present the tribute in Manhattan Monday at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The statements: “We are honored to pay tribute to a man whose life and work has inspired and moved so many who knew him personally, or through his vast body of work on the stage and screen, where he collaborated with so many independent artists to bring to life unforgettable, iconic characters,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of the IFP and the Made in New York Media Center by IFP.

“James Gandolfini was a friend, an inspiration, and an extraordinary talent whose presence is missed by all of us who knew and loved him. It is an honor to present this tribute at the Gotham Awards recognizing his impact,” said Steve Buscemi.

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