Bill Paxton tribute to be included in Lone Star Film Festival Ball

Eight Early Film Selections Released

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 21, 2017) – The Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) in Sundance Square will open its eleventh season with the Lone Star Film Festival Ball taking place at Bass Performance Hall.

The LSFF Ball, which kicks-off the festival on Wednesday, November 8th, will feature dinner, awards and a special tribute to Fort Worth’s very own, Bill Paxton.  As one of the founding members of the Lone Star Film Society, Paxton will be remembered for his work on the big screen and his commitment to LSFF, along with his love for his hometown.

“Bill Paxton was a true visionary,” explains executive director, Chad Mathews.  “He shined a spotlight on Fort Worth and the Lone Star Film Festival and helped infuse film into the fabric of our community.  Our organization owes him a lot and it’s only fitting that we pay honor to the man who helped create our festival.  He’s meant so much to Fort Worth.”  

In addition, the first wave of official selections has been announced, with the full film line-up scheduled to be released in late September.  Roughly 50 blocks of screenings will take place in four movie auditoriums housed between Four Day Weekend and the AMC Palace 9.

Eight early announced film selections

20 Weeks | Drama | Leena Pendharkar                                                     

couple must decide on whether or not to move forward with their pregnancy after their baby is diagnosed with a serious health issue at the 20-week scan. The film stars Anna Margaret Hollyman and Amir Arison. [Texas Premiere]

42 Grams | Documentary | Jack C. Newell                                                

An intimate portrait of chef Jake Bickelhaupt’s evolution from illegal restaurateur to culinary celebrity and the consequences the transformation has on his life and marriage. [Texas Premiere]

DriverX | Dramedy | Henry Barrial                                                  

Skidding into middle-age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like rideshare company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Low pay and wild LA nights put an even greater strain on his marriage. The film stars Patrick Fabian. [Texas Premiere]

Flock of Four | Drama | Gregory Caruso                                                 

Four best friends search for a legendary jazz musician on Central Avenue, Los Angeles in 1959. Film stars Reg E. Cathey, Braeden Lemasters, Uriah Shelton, Isaac Jay, Dylan Riley Snyder and Nathan Davis Jr.

Metamorphosis: Junior Year | Drama | Alec Cohen- Schisler, Arjan Mobinm, Brandon Fu, Christina Polanen, Dylan Griffith, Juan Santos, Peter Gold, Sadie Fearon, Sam Cook                                                      

Palo Alto High School and Elysium Bandini Studios unite in a film workshop to create a feature film with the student’s voice in mind. The workshop model is formed upon student agency and collaboration. About forty students are guided through pre-production, production, and post- production with the support of Elysium Bandini Studios. Founded by Jennifer Howell, James Franco, and Vince Jolivette, Elysium Bandini Studios is a philanthropic film studio that gives a focus to nurturing first time and emerging filmmakers, making the collaboration with Palo Alto High School a perfect marriage for creativity. The Palo Alto Film Workshop is comprised of it’s students, producers Iris Torres, Tom Franco, Kim Parker, writer Betsy Franco, and professor James Franco. [Texas Premiere]

Midnighters | Thriller | Julius Ramsay                                               

Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes for new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime and find themselves entangled in a Hitchcockian web of deceit and madness. The film stars Alex Essoe and Dylan McTee. [Texas Premiere]

Muse | Thriller | John Burr                                                                         

painter’s life is forever changed when a mythical and deadly spirit from Celtic lore — a Leannán Sí — becomes his muse and lover.  The film stars Riley Egan, Elle Evans and Kate Mansi. [Texas Premiere]

Rose | Drama | Rod McCall                                                                        

widowed ex-cop discovers that she may have a life threatening illness, and decides to go on a solo road trip in a motorized wheelchair to explore the beauty of the Southwest. On her journey, Rose discovers more than just the simple beauty of New Mexico when she meets and falls in love with Max, an old cowboy who comes to a crossroads of his own. The film stars Cybill Shepherd and James Brolin. [World Premiere]


WHAT:
The 11th annual Lone Star Film Festival in Sundance Square opens November 8th with film screenings, film competition, panel discussions, guest speakers, awards and parties.  

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 8th thru Sunday, November 12th.

WHERE:
AMC Palace Theater, Four Day Weekend Theater, Sundance Square, Sundance Square Pavilion, Bass Performance Hall, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel

COST:                                                                                                   
All-Access Badges (regular price $300) are currently available online at a discounted rate of $225 

Individual screening tickets are available at-the-door for $10  

TWEET:                                                                                                
Lone Star Film Festival to include Bill Paxton tribute at opening night Ball at Bass Performance Hall. http://bit.ly/2x6lL6X #LSFF

Lone Star Film Festival early announces eight film selections for 2017. http://bit.ly/2x6lL6X #LSFF

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