CORR: Perkinson to receive acting award

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 8 ­ Lee Perkinson, a former race car driver who now works as an actor and an ESPN motorsports reporter, will be honored by the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association at its 27th annual Crystal Reel Awards...

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 8 ­ Lee Perkinson, a former race car driver who now works as an actor and an ESPN motorsports reporter, will be honored by the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association at its 27th annual Crystal Reel Awards banquet Saturday night at the Tampa Marriott. Perkinson will receive the association's award for "Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film" for his portrayal of Eddie Dewitt in the independent film "The Whole Town Is Sleeping." The film will be available on video in December. Perkinson also recently shot an episode of the new syndicated TV show "Arrest & Trial" starring Brian Dennehy and produced by "Law & Order"'s Dick Wolf. The episode, "Gas Gangsters," will air in January. On Friday, Nov. 17, Perkinson can be seen in a film entitled "Mary 15" when it opens at the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Museum of Art. That piece is based on the true story of the Red Corvette Killer. Two days later, on Sunday, Nov. 19, he will appear on ESPN2's coverage of the Championship Off-Road Racing Series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. Perkinson, who was raised in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Saratoga, Calif., and now resides in Los Angeles, is especially pleased that the association recognized his work in "The Whole Town Is Sleeping" because it was his first film with Joel Robertson, a young, award-winning director based in the Lakeland, Fla. area. "It was a great story shot in an Alfred Hitchcock, black-and-white manner," Perkinson said. "Most people don't realize that making a film is similar to testing a race car," he noted. "On the first day of a test, mechanics set up the car from a baseline just as the gaffers set up the lighting and the set, and then each refines things from that point on. The crew chief is just like the director; both control the entire day's activities. When you test a race car you try to be consistent and then methodically increase your speed. When you're acting you have to be consistent and build a scene too, while still being flexible enough to allow the creative process to evolve. "There's a lot of sitting around in both too," Perkinson added with a smile. Robertson has already signed Perkinson to star in his next movie, "Cage," a horror film which will begin shooting in mid-December in Florida. "The Whole Town Is Sleeping" premiered at the Enzian Theater in Orlando, Fla., July 20. Perkinson just concluded his fourth season as a pitside reporter for ESPN. This year he covered the Championship Off-Road Racing Series and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

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