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Fort Worth gets ready for her close-up with the Lone Star Film Festival


by Gini Mascorro 4 Nov 2007

Don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check out the schedule for the 1st Annual Lone Star International Film Festival yet, but it’ll make your celluloid-lovin’ head spin when you do.  And I mean that in the best possible way… Bill Paxton Time – Being a Fort Worth native and chairman of the fest’s […]

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Don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check out the schedule for the 1st Annual Lone Star International Film Festival yet, but it’ll make your celluloid-lovin’ head spin when you do.  And I mean that in the best possible way…

Bill Paxton Time – Being a Fort Worth native and chairman of the fest’s advisory board, this one’s a no-brainer.  Come out for screenings of  Frailty, The Traveller, and the documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, where Paxton joins director James Cameron and a team of underwater explorers and historians to take a 3D look at the wreckage of the Titanic

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead – From director Sydney Lumet, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke, and the valuable lesson that keeping it in the family isn’t always such a great idea

The Education of Charlie Banks – The directorial debut from Fred Durst, lead singer of Limp Bizkit

The WalkerPaul Schrader‘s D.C. society lady murder mystery starring Woody Harrelson, Lauren Bacall, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily Tomlin

A Martin Sheen tribute and Lifetime Achievement Award brunch – The award-winning actor will be on hand to introduce screenings of Badlands, Da, and Talk To Me.  Yes, Badlands

Documentary heaven – On my ‘add’ list:  Hell on WheelsGood Riddance, Ya Basta!, Companions to None, Steal A Pencil For Me, Nanking, America Unchained

Dynamic double feature of doomed rock ‘n’ roll frontmen – Color me stoked about What We Do Is Secret, the long awaited biopic of Darby Crash, lead singer for the L.A. punk band The Germs, who once briefly counted Go-Go Belinda Carlisle as a member, whose label mates included the highly-influential likes of X and The Gun Club, and the band who spawned Pat Smear long before he was ever a Foo Fighter.  E.R. actor Shane West takes on the lead role, and even sings in a newly-tooled version of The Germs.

Number two on this double bill, Control, is the story of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, who hanged himself on the eve of the legendary Manchester band’s U.S. tour in 1980.  Directed by acclaimed photographer and video director Anton Corbijn, with the fabulously understated and abundantly talented Samantha Morton as Curtis’ long-suffering wife Deborah and Sam Riley, who, ironically enough, played The Fall’s lead singer Mark E. Smith in 24 Hour Party People

Run Lola Run – One of eight Sister Cities screenings.  A must!

Oh, and panel discussions galore – Jackass (with Steve-O and the crew in attendance), Mondo Censorship, The North Texas Diaspora, Fort Worth Filmmaking, Film Financing and Government Incentives, just to name a few…

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