SUNDANCE REPORT: Dallas director David Lowery is cleaning up at the Sundance Film Festival. His Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck and has been one of the darlings of the fest. In his indiewire.com review, Eric Kohn writes that, “Lowery conveys a hauntingly antiquated world that transcends its routine plot. As beautifully shot as it is performed by its two leads, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints channels genre expectations into sheer poetry.” Reviews like that helped the film earn the Indian Paintbrush Producer’s Award and the $10,000 check that comes with it. It’s been a lot for Lowery to take in. He talks about the whirlwind process of making his first big-money feature with Indie Wire.
BETTY’S BIG NEWS: Congratulations go out to Betty Buckley, who just learned that she will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. (You can be excused if you a) didn’t know there was a THOF or b) just assumed she’d already be in it.) The Fort Worth actress will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel among others. Tyne Daly will be the emcee on Jan. 28.
REMEMBERING RUTH: Ruth Carter Stevenson, who died earlier this month, was one of the driving forces who turned the Amon Carter Museum of American Art into the institution it is today. And her role in shaping the museum brought her into contact with some of the towering figures of the 20th Century. John Robinson, the executive vice president of the Amon G. Carter Foundation Board, remembers what an extraordinary life Stevenson lived in an op-ed piece on dallasnews.com.