The Art of Film
THE ART OF FILM 2014
The Dallas Film Society is thrilled to honor Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning actress Toni Collette at The Art of Film on Friday, November 21, 2014.
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We invite you to join us for this elegant fall evening that kicks off under the glamorous lights of the red carpet. You’ll mingle with cinematic-minded friends during our cocktail reception before enjoying an intimate, hourlong discussion with our honored guest. Afterward, we’ll sit down to a lavish banquet and raise our glasses to celebrate the filmmaker’s craft.
Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Toni Collette made an indelible impression on Hollywood with her beautiful portrayal as the hopeless and desperate ‘Muriel Heslop’ in P.J. Hogan’s 1994 film, MURIEL’S WEDDING. Proving her amazing ability to transform into the characters in which she plays, Collette has since starred in a variety of intriguingly diverse roles both in television and feature films throughout the last two decades, including “The United States of Tara,” for which she won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award, and her well-regarded roles in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and THE SIXTH SENSE, which earned her an Oscar Nomination in 2000.
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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The 9th annual Dallas International Film Festival is scheduled for April 9-19, 2015. Festival Passes and Gala tickets will be available late in 2014. We will update the site with information on Festival venues and screenings in March 2015.
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