If you missed the 9th Annual Lone Star Film Festival, I will tell you about some of the cool stuff you missed.
Actors, Joanna Kerns, Malcom McDowell and Bill Paxton were in town for this festival and could be seen all around town. They were very gracious to their fans and generous with their time. Many folks have said they saw them out and about or at restaurants. They always took the time to take photos and sign autographs from anyone who asked. They were also part of a “Career Conversation Panel”, free for “All Access badge” holders.
Joanna Kerns, shared the differences in actor, director and producer. Although most people know her from her role as the mom in “Growing Pains”, she is now focused on her role of Director. Many of the shows she has or is directing are well known TV Series. She is currently associate producer on a Canary in a Coal Mine. She also participated in a conversation of “Women in Film”.
Malcom McDowell was an open book. He spoke not only of his experiences in theater but parts of his personal life. He had the audience in stitches the entire time. Considering that most of the characters he plays are villains, it was a surprise to see how hilarious and likeable he really is.
Bill Paxton, a Fort Worth native, spoke of his experience in getting into film He credits Tom Huckabee, another Fort Worth native, in helping to boost his career. He also spoke of his current work and struggles in directing The Bottoms. His son, James was also in attendance and Mr. Paxton spoke of how he tries to explain to him how difficult the film industry can be. James took it all in stride.
There was an Open Night Party at Reata Rooftop Bar. It was well attended, partly in due to the amazing weather. Many of the screenwriters from the film festival were in attendance. I had the opportunity to meet several of these screenwriters.
Jared Callahan, Producer/Director was screening his most current film, Janey Makes a Play. This film is a documentary of a ninety year old woman who creates a theater production about the Great Depression. Fun fact, this ninety year happens to be his grandmother. This film is not only about the play they are trying to produce but all of the struggles faced by small theater troupes. It is a must-see for anyone working in theater production.
The Mediator, a short film by Graham Phillips and Parker Phillips. Although Graham has been in many films and Broadway, this is his first role as screenwriter. This could be called a family affair, the screenwriters are brothers, with dad helping fund the production, and sister, Amanda Saunders, playing the role of the prostitute in this film.
This was a great film festival. It was attended by film makers, directors, actors and film buffs alike.