The Lone Star Film Festival may only be seven-years-old but it’s already rapidly become a rite of Fort Worth passage on a par with the first legitimate chill in the Autumnal air as we approach Thanksgiving this November.
This year’s iteration of the festival runs from Nov. 7-10 and will bring to Fort Worth’s always bopping Sundance Square a rather sizable – as in approximately 40 – number of feature length and short films. The films will be shown under the banner of one of four categories: Showcase, Feature Film Competition, Short Film Competition, and Rescreen.
Some of the standouts of the scheduled films – some of which are giving off legitimate early Oscar buzz – for this year’s event includes: Nebraska, directed by two-time Oscar winner, Alexander Payne (who helmed such contemporary masterpieces as Sideways and The Descendants); the Stephen Frear’s drama, Philomena, starring Dame Judi Dench, and perhaps one of the most intriguing directorial efforts imaginable as Teller, from the Las Vegas-approved, magician duo of Penn and Teller, brings us the documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, which traces the life of the inventor, Tim Jenison, as he tries to wrap his mind around the astounding creative techniques of the grand Dutch painter, Vermeer. And David Frankel, who so memorably directed The Devil Wears Prada, returns with One Chance, the heart-warming tale of Paul Potts, a timid, small-time shop assistant whose real passion is singing opera at night. When Simon Cowell of Britain’s Got Talent noticed him, the world followed.
In addition, the screens will light up with such highly anticipated fare as August: Osage County, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and One Chance. And film buffs will get a chance to revel in the artistry of Jean-Luc Godard, with a re-screening of his film, Contempt, along with Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story.
Still another of the anticipated highlights of this year’s festival will be its bestowing of the Stephen Bruton Award to much-beloved, country singer-tunesmith, Lyle Lovett. This award, whose past recipients have included such musical luminaries as Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and T. Bone Burnett, is given to a musician who has made a deep impact on film. When not playing and singing, Lovett has made a few memorable screen appearances, most notably in two works by Robert Altman, Short Cuts and The Player.
The details: The 2013 Lone Star Film Festival (presented by the Lone Star Film Society) runs from November 7-10. Sundance Square (AMC Palace Theater and other downtown locations), Fort Worth. Tickets: For individual screenings, $8 ($10 for the opening night film). More information: www.lonestarfilmfestival.com.