"Since 2007, the Lone Star International Film Festival has showcased some of the best in American and international independent cinema and our fourth year is shaping up to be our best yet. The caliber and variety in our film lineup this year is arresting and our red carpet is going to be filled with notable celebrities and filmmakers on the brink of brilliant careers as well as established names in independent film," said Dennis Bishop, Director of the Lone Star Film Society.
Each of the events and screenings will take place in Fort Worth, with venues including Sundance Square hot spots AMC Palace Theatre, Four Day Weekend, David McDavid Studio and 8.0 Bar and surrounding areas including the Modern Art Museum and Capital Bar and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
The Lone Star Film Society will also host the inaugural Lone Star Film Festival Ball & Auction on Friday, Nov.12 at the David McDavid Studio. The sold-out event and auction will generate funds to continue the development and expansion of the film society and its events including the film festival in North Texas. At the event, a number of awards will be given, including the Stephen Bruton Award, which will be presented to T. Bone Burnett, a Fort Worth native, 11-time Grammy winner and producer of "Crazy Heart" which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Song. The Life Achievement Award will be presented to Jeff Bridges, Academy Award winner and star of "Crazy Heart."
An initial lineup of films will be available on Oct. 21, at www.lonestarfilmsociety.com. Schedule and ticket information will be available on Oct. 25. Film titles will continue to be added until the festival begins.
At the organizers request, Bridges has selected some of his favorite movies from his career to be featured in special retrospective screenings throughout the festival including "Last Picture Show," "The Big Lebowski," and "Crazy Heart."
"This year our line-up of films is the strongest we've ever had. The reputation of our festival has grown tremendously," said Alec Jhangiani, Artistic Director. "
In a rare and exclusive event, Burnett and Bridges will perform in a concert on the new covered patio at 8.0 Bar, rain or shine, at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. Tickets for the concert are $20 and will be available online beginning Oct. 25 at www.lonestarfilmsociety.com/.
"This concert is not to be missed. It is rare that these two distinctive names perform together and anyone who loved Crazy Heart will be in for a real treat," said Jhangiani.
Screening passes can now be purchased online at www.lonestarfilmsociety.com/. Individual tickets will be available on the website beginning Oct. 25 or at the ticket box beginning on Nov. 9th at noon.
About The Lone Star Film Society
The Lone Star Film Society exists to preserve and present the art of the moving image and examine its influence on world culture. LSFS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, achieves these goals and engenders visual literacy by cultivating an appreciation of the visual arts, supporting film initiatives in the community and building the recognition and status of Fort Worth, and of Texas in filmmaking. The Lone Star Film Society is host of the Lone Star International Film Festival, Fort Worth in Sundance Square. The festival highlights the very best in independent filmmaking from around the world. The festival has honored such filmmakers as Martin Sheen, T-Bone Burnett, Bill Paxton, Sidney Lumet, Melonie Diaz and Fred Durst. This year's festival will be held November 11 - 15, 2009. For more information, visit www.lonestarfilmsociety.com .