Dallas is becoming the home of some quite prestigious film festivals. This week the USA Film Festival brings a host of movie stars to town.
Star Powered Tributes
Actor and musician Paul Williams will be in attendance at the screening of The Phantom of the Paradise (filmed at The Majestic Theater) Brian DePalma’s 1974 cult classic version of The Phantom of the Opera. Character actor Brian Cox (Troy, The Bourne Supremacy) will be on hand for the screening of The Escapist. Ray Liotta, star of Field of Dreams, Goodfellas and Narc will attend the festival Saturday evening.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Phantom of the Paradise/Tribute to Paul Williams
Battle for Terra
The debut of a new animated feature based on the short film that won the Animation Prize in the 2004 USAFF National Short Film and Video Competition. This animated features the voices Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, Brian Cox, James Garner, and Danny Glover.
The Yellow Handkerchief
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Is Anybody There?
Shorts Showcase and Tribute to Joe Sedelmaier
The Maiden Heist
Veteren actors Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman and William H. Macy star in this hilarious caper movie about museum security guards decide to rob the museum their favorite works of art.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Arrancame la Vida
The Lost Skeleton
The Escapist/Tribute to Brian Cox
Sita Sings the Blues
Made in U.S.A.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Imitation of Life/Tribute to Juanita Moore
The Nature of Existence
Tribute to Ray Liotta
Must Read After My Death
The Vicious Kind
On the Count of Zero
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Short Film Awards
Don McKay/Tribute to M. Emmet Walsh
Haunted by a tragedy that forced him to leave his hometown 25 years earlier, mild-mannered and lonley school janitor Don McKay, played by Haden Church get a letter from his high school sweetheart Sonny (Elisabeth Shue), saying that she must see him. Writer-director Jake Goldberger, producer James Young, Thomas Haden Church (who also produced) and M. Emmet Walsh in attendance.
Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson star in this romantic comedy centering on the awkward romance between a hopelessly mismatched
couple. Steve Zahn plays Mike, a man trapped behind the front desk of his parents’ roadside Arizona motel. Writer-director Stephen Belber in attendance.
I am especially excited about the tribute to Juanita Moore, the star of Imitation of Life (1959). This movie was the subject of my first post on Just Chick Flicks and is the inspiration of my list of great tearjerkers. If you have never seen this movie and you live in Dallas, head to the Angelika Film Center on Saturday or rent it. And don’t forget your tissues.