M. Night Shyamalan and wife Bhavna hosted a party at their Chester County home Saturday to honor Greater Philadelphia Film Office head Sharon Pinkenson on her 20 years running the local film commission.
Overbrook native superstar Will Smith and son Jaden who are in the area starring in Shyamalan’s “After Earth,” helped celebrate as did locally raised actresses Kim Delaney of “Army Wives,” Rebecca Creskoff of “Hung." Phylicia Rashad, who is in town shooting NBC pilot ‘Do No Harm,” (currently shooting at the School District of Philadelphia headquarters) was there with show co-stars Alana De La Garza and Mousa Kraish.
Gov. Tom Corbett and wife Susan were also toasted Pinkenson as did state Sens. Vincent Hughes and Daylin Leach, former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolis and other longtime supporters of the film office.
Gov. Corbett reaffirmed his support of the state’s film industry which has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to local businesses over the past 20 years. On behalf of Mayor Nutter, City Representative Melanie Johnson presented Pinkenson a signed “Philadelphia” poster from Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for the role. As a thank you for hosting the gala, supporting the film office, and his dedication to local productions, Pinkenson presented Shyamalan, with an Alfred Hitchcock limited-edition Montblanc fountain pen.
“To hear such heartwarming accolades from Night and Bhavna Shyamalan, Governor Corbett and Melanie Johnson, and to get hugs and kisses from Will Smith and all of the stars that came to the party and stayed all night to celebrate me,” Pinkenson shared with us today. “Well, it was the best night of my life. I'm staying right here with the best job in the world”