The Art of Film
THE ART OF FILM 2017 WITH ROBERT BENTON
In 2017, the Dallas Film Society presented its annual fundraising gala, The Art of Film, immediately preceding the Festival. The signature event kicked-off Dallas’ largest celebration of film with a bang.
The Film Society honored three-time Academy Award-winner Robert Benton at the event occurring Wednesday, March 29 at sixtyfivehundred, where he was presented with the Dallas Star Award.
A native Texan. born in Waxahachie, and veteran, Benton’s first full screenplay (written with David Newman) was the 1967 classic BONNIE & CLYDE. That success led to writing the scripts for WHAT’S UP DOC, the Christopher Reeve classic SUPERMAN, and KRAMER VS. KRAMER—for which he won Oscars for Best Director and Best Screenplay. He earned a 3rd Oscar for his screenplay for PLACES IN THE HEART filmed in and around Dallas and Waxahachie.
The Art of Film began with cocktails and appetizers before Dallas’ own Gary Cogill and Mr. Benton took the Stage for an entertaining and insightful conversation.
Event Chairs Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins and Honorary Chairs Kathryn and Craig Hall were instrumental in welcoming this legend and presenting him with the Dallas Star Award.
THE ART OF FILM 2015 WITH ISABELLA ROSSELLINI
The Dallas Film Society was pround to present highly regarded actress, writer and director Isabella Rossellini as the guest at the 2015 Art of Film.
On Friday, November 20, 2015, a red carpet with cocktail reception preceded a wide-ranging conversation about Ms. Rossellini’s life and career conducted by Emmy-winning journalist Gary Cogill. Afterward, guests sat down to an elegant banquet.
An exciting addition to the event was a display of at least 20 works of art by Andy Warhol, courtesy of Christie’s in partnership with The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Andy Warhol worked across a wide range of media, including film, which makes The Art of Film an ideal occasion to also recognize his many talents. Ms. Rossellini has in fact even been a subject of Mr. Warhol’s talents.
ABOUT ISABELLA ROSSELLINI
Rossellini made an unforgettable impression on Hollywood with her leading role in BLUE VELVET for which she received an Independent Spirit Award® for Best Female Lead. Rossellini also received a GoldenGlobe® nomination for her performance in the television film CRIME OF THE CENTURY, and an Emmy Award® nomination for her guest appearance in the television series CHICAGO HOPE. Her additional film credits include WILD AT HEART; DEATH BECOMES HER; BIG NIGHT; INFAMOUS; TWO LOVERS; and ENEMY.
Since 2009, Rossellini has written, directed, and starred in a series of 40 short films about animals titled GREEN PORNO which airs on the Sundance Channel. Following a positive reception and world wide popularity, Rossellini embarked on an international tour of her hilarious one-woman show which she continues to perform around the world. Rossellini’s latest project is the theatrical performance of TRIBUTE TO INGRID BERGMAN.
The show premiered in London on September 6, 2015 and has since been seen in New York, Paris, and Rome. The performance celebrates the centenary of Rossellini’s mother, Ingrid Bergman, and integrates her autobiography and correspondence. Rossellini can also be seen on the silver screen in David O. Russell’s JOY, set for release on December 25, 2015. Rossellini will appear opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper.
ABOUT THE ART OF FILM
Proceeds from the Art of Film are directed toward the year-round programming of the Dallas Film Society, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and specifically to the 10th Annual Dallas International Film Festival, and the 2016 Dallas Film Society Summer Film Camp — presented by Southern Methodist University’s Division of Film & Media Arts.
The Art of Film is supported by Stacy Girard and Jerry Rasansky, on board as Event Chairs. This year’s Honorary Chairs are widely recognized Film Industry leaders Barbara and Stan Levenson.
THE ART OF FILM 2014
The Dallas Film Society was thrilled to honor Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (MY COUSIN VINNY) at The Art of Film on Friday, November 21, 2014.
On the silver screen, Marisa has tackled a diverse range of roles including Alice Simmons in 20th Century Fox’s PARENTAL GUIDANCE WITH Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, Kate Taffety in Warner Bros.’ CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE, alongside Steve Carell and Julianne Moore, Ida Horowicz in Columbia Pictures’ IDES OF MARCH with George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ryan Gosling, and Maggie McPherson, opposite Matthew McConaughey, in Lionsgate’s THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Other notable film credits include CYRUS, Sidney Lumet’s BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, WHAT WOMEN WANT, HAPPY ACCIDENTS, ANGER MANAGEMENT, SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, UNHOOK THE STARS, FOUR ROOMS, THE PAPER and CHAPLIN, among many others.
Proceeds from the evening are directed to the year-round programming of the Dallas Film Society, the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival—presented by AutoNation and the 2015 DFS Summer Film Camp—presented by SMU – Division of Film & Media Arts.
THE ART OF FILM 2013
On November 8, 2013 The Dallas Film Society honored the achievements of acclaimed filmmaker Lee Daniels at its annual fall fundraising event, The Art of Film.
The Film Society’s guests gathered at the Hall of State building in Fair Park for a glamorous Red Carpet and cocktail reception followed by an hourlong conversation with Daniels led by nationally know film critic Elvis Mitchell. Afterward, patrons enjoyed an elegant gourmet dinner in the Great Hall.
From founding a health care agency to being one of the most prolific filmmakers of our time, Lee Daniels’ career has had an impact on all of our lives and touched on many emotions.
The first film from Lee’s production company, MONSTER’S BALL, put him on the radar as the sole African-American producer of an Oscar-winning and -nominated film. This was followed by THE WOODSMAN, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2006 Lee made a natural transition into directing with his debut film, SHADOWBOXER. Following the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Daniels was nominated for the New Directors Award at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival. Daniels also produced the film TENNESSEE, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
After his directorial debut, Lee began a special project, PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE which became one of his most notable films. PRECIOUS won two Academy Awards in 2010 and Daniels was nominated as Best Director; making him the second African-American director to be nominated for an Oscar.
Following up the success of PRECIOUS, Daniels next directed THE PAPERBOY starring Nicole Kidman. Daniels’ latest project, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, follows the life of a White House butler who served under eight different U.S. Presidents over three decades, the film stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr. among others.
THE ART OF FILM 2012
On Friday, November 16, The Dallas Film Society presented its annual fundraising event, The Art of Film with celebrated actor, producer and director Val Kilmer. This historic event was held at the newly renovated Hall of State building in Fair Park. The cocktail attire event featured an elegant gathering for 350 patrons for a conversation with the honoree in The Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall followed by a seated dinner in the Great Hall.
On Saturday, November 17, we presented two of our Art of Film honoree’s most-loved films.
11:30 a.m. THE DOORS
R, 1991, 140 min.
Director: Oliver Stone
Screenwriter: Oliver Stone and Randall Jahnsson
Cast: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan
2:30 p.m. BATMAN FOREVER
PG-13, 1995, 121 min.
Director: Joel Schumacher
Screenwriter: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler and Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman
Ranked as one of the “Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time,” Val Kilmer burst onto the Hollywood scene at age 24 as rock star Nick Rivers in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker spy spoof, TOP SECRET. He starred in the cult classic REAL GENIUS, then rocketed to international stardom playing the “Iceman” in TOP GUN opposite Tom Cruise; rock legend Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s THE DOORS; and Doc Holliday in TOMBSTONE.
Other iconic roles include the title role in BATMAN FOREVER and Simon Templar in THE SAINT. He headlined Michael Mann’s classic crime drama HEAT with legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, channeled Elvis Presley in Tony Scott’s TRUE ROMANCE and costarred with Marlon Brando in THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.
Actor, Producer and Editor
Ruth O’Donnell Mutch
Jennifer Houser, Kate Rose Marquez & Mersina Stubbs
DFS Chairman of the Board
DFS President & CEO
THE ART OF FILM 2011
Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation
On Friday, November 18, 2011 the Dallas Film Society hosted its annual fall event – The Art of Film presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation. This historic event was held at the newly renovated Hall of State building in Fair Park and celebrated the incredible work of John Lithgow.
The evening began with a Red Carpet and cocktails with Mr. Litghgow and special guest Peter Weller. The elegant gathering for 400 patrons then headed to The Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall for a conversation with Mr. Lithgow moderated by national film critic Elvis Mitchell. Afterward, a seated dinner in the Great Hall capped off a fantastic evening.
The following day, the DFS presented screenings of two of John Lithgow’s most recognized works, THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI IN THE 8TH DIMENSION and TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. Robert Wilonski of The Dallas Observer moderated a Q&A with Lithgow’s BANZAI co-star Peter Weller.
John LithgowHonorary Chairman
Faye BriggsEvent Chairmen
Ann Swisher & Michael McGehee
Lynn McBeeDFS President & CEO
Tanya FosterDFS Artistic Director
2011 Art of Film Sponsors
THE ART OF FILM 2010
The inaugural Art of Film celebration was an amazing success as it raised over $150,000 for Dallas Film Society education and community outreach programs – both key components to the mission of the Dallas Film Society. The 2011 event will be an even greater success.
Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation
Honoree: Mr. Robert Duvall
Event Chairmen: Lynn and Allan McBee
DFS President & CEO: Tanya Foster
DFS Chairman of the Board: Michael Cain
A leading man since the 1960s, Robert Duvall has specialized in taciturn cowboys, fierce leaders and driven characters of all types. Respected by his peers and adored by audiences worldwide, he has earned numerous Oscar nominations for his performances in THE GODFATHER, APOCALYPSE NOW, THE GREAT SANTINI and THE APOSTLE. Duvall won the Academy Award as Best Actor for his role in TENDER MERCIES, and has earned Golden Globes for his performances in APOCALYPSE NOW, TENDER MERCIES, LONESOME DOVE and STALIN. More recently, Duvall was honored with an Emmy Award for his iconic portrayal of “Print Ritter” in AMC’s BROKEN TRAIL.
Duvall made his big screen debut in 1962, as the creepy “Boo Radley” in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. He has gone on to star in such classics as BULLITT, TRUE GRIT, M*A*S*H, THE CONVERSATION, NETWORK, THE NATURAL COLORS, DAYS OF THUNDER, A HANDMAID’S TALE, RAMBLING ROSE, WRESTLING ERNEST HEMINGWAY, PHENOMENON, A CIVIL ACTION, OPEN RANGE, and THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, among many others.
As a director and producer, Duvall got behind the camera for his labor of love project THE APOSTLE in which he also starred. The film went on to earn many accolades, including being named on over seventy-five film critics Top 10 Films for 1997‘ lists, including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He also wrote, produced and starred in ASSASSINATION TANGO.
Duvall was most recently seen as Felix Bush in Sony Pictures Classics, “Get Low.”
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