The threat of rain only slightly altered plans for the first night of the ninth annual Lone Star Film Festival Thursday.
A free outdoor screening of family-friendly shorts, originally scheduled for Sundance Square Plaza at 5 p.m., before the official opening-night film, was moved to Sunday afternoon at the AMC Palace.
Other than this hitch, the program went off smoothly as about 200 patrons filled the Four-Day Weekend theater for a screening of When I Live My Life Over Again, a comedic drama about a jazz crooner attempting a comeback. The film stars Christopher Walken and Amber Heard.
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Although director/writer Robert Edwards includes a good-natured joke about Dallas and Fort Worth in When I Live My Life Over Again, he conceded he’s not that familiar with Fort Worth.
“I’m excited,” he said in the lobby before the film. “It’s my first time in Fort Worth, and I just came in from the airport.”
During a question-and-answer session after the screening, Edwards said the film was just picked up for distribution by Amplify for theatrical and Starz for video-on-demand. When the movie is released next spring, it will also have a new title: One More Time.
Another filmmaker in attendance, Jared Callahan of Atlanta, is also making his first visit to Fort Worth. Callahan’s movie Janey Makes a Play shows at 4:15 p.m. Friday.
“When you get into a festival like this, you show up,” he said. “This town is gorgeous.”
Veteran British actor Malcolm McDowell was scheduled to appear later Thursday night for a screening of A Clockwork Orange, the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film that made him into a star. He is also slated to speak on a “Career Conversations” panel with Bill Paxton and Joanna Kerns at noon Friday at Sundance Square Pavilion and receive an Achievement in Film Acting Award on Friday night as part of the gala at the Fort Worth Club.
The festival continues through Sunday at AMC Palace and Four-Day Weekend.
Lone Star Film Festival
AMC Palace and Four Day Weekend Theater
$10 single tickets, $8 for Lone Star film Society members; $150 all-access badge