The Art of Film
THE ART OF FILM 2012
We have several underwriting opportunities for this year’s event, but seats are limited. There are two ways to purchase seating.
1. Higher-level donors who wish to purchase tables and receive special benefits, please download this reservation form (PDF) and mail it in now to save your tables at Art of Film 2012.
2. We also have seating opportunities at the $2,500 to $500 levels available for purchase online.
Thank you for supporting the Dallas Film Society.
On Friday, November 16, The Dallas Film Society will present its annual fundraising event, The Art of Film with celebrated actor, producer and director Val Kilmer. This historic event will be held at the newly renovated Hall of State building in Fair Park. The cocktail attire event features 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. Underwriting opportunities are available.
On Saturday, November 17, we will present two of our Art of Film honoree’s most-loved films. Tickets will be available at the Angelika Film Center–Dallas box office on the day of the screenings. $5 for DFS Members; $10 for the public.
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
2 Tables for 10, $40,000 SOLD
Producer: 2 Tables for 10, $25,000
Director: Table for 10, $10,000
Writer: Table for 10, $5,000
Actor: 2 Tickets, $2,500
Patron: 1 Ticket, $1,000
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
Ann Swisher & Michael McGehee
Lynn McBeeDFS President & CEO
DFS 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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