Texas Film Awards for Young Guns, Old Lions
Here's the full list of inductees
By Richard Whittaker, 10:30AM, Thu. Jan. 23
There's no better way to warm up for SXSW Film than with the Texas Film Awards, and the Austin Film Society has just announced the lineup for their March 6 ceremony. With Luke Wilson as the master of ceremonies, here's the full list of inductees, from last girls to Presley pals and one of the Chronicle's own.
Native Austinite and Rising Star Award recipient Amber Heard is a local favorite through her genre roles in last year's Machete Kills and the long-delayed All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. Her international reputation looks likely to explode with the upcoming adaptation of Martin Amis' novel London Fields and Kevin Costner's thriller 3 Days to Kill.
She'll probably be sharing a table with the next big name: Her Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green, who reached early critical success with George Washington and won over larger audiences with last year's quirky buddy comedy set in the ashes of the Bastrop fire, Prince Avalanche (read our interview with Green about that film here). He'll be receiving his award from his old friend and co-founder of Rough House Pictures, Danny McBride. (Interesting coincidence: Both Heard and Green have worked with Nic Cage: Heard on the hell fire and turbo charged Drive Angry, and Green on the upcoming drama Joe.)
Speaking of celebrity inducters, none other than Priscilla Presley will be on hand to give the Soundtrack Award to Lubbock native and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mac Davis. Initially famous as a regular songwriter for Elvis Presley ("In the Ghetto," "A Little Less Conversation") and Dolly Parton ("White Limozeen"), Davis' own career as a singer/songwriter and composer has been mirrored by his career as an actor, including his iconic role as Seth Maxwell in North Dallas Forty and lending his vocal talents to King of the Hill.
The annual Star of Texas Award goes every year to an iconic Texas film, and this year's couldn't be more timely. With Robert Rodriguez prepping the TV adaptation of his 1996 supernatural crime classic, the award goes this year to From Dusk Till Dawn.
And, in a very proud moment for the Austin Chronicle, there's a lifetime achievement award for our editor-in-chief, Louis Black. For co-founding SXSW and the Texas Film Awards themselves, being a key player in the creation and development of the Austin Film Society and Austin Studios, executive producing independent documentaries about overlooked Texas innovators like Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah and The King Of Texas, and being a dedicated archivist of lost Lone Star State movies, such as Eagle Pennell's The Whole Shootin' Match and Tobe Hooper's Eggshells, Black's contribution to Texas cinema is being recognized.
As is now tradition, the ceremony will take place at Austin Studios (1901 E. 51st) on March 6. Tickets for the awards gala start at $500-$2,500 and run to $5,000-$25,000 for a table. If you feel like turning up later, tickets for the official afterparty are $50 and are available via www.austinfilm.org/texasparty. More details at www.austinfilm.org/TFA.