The 10th-anniversary edition of the Lone Star Film Festival, the city’s largest event devoted to movies, kicked off Thursday night in a slightly different manner from previous years. Instead of highlighting a major film on its opening night, the emphasis was on the annual Lone Star Film Festival Ball at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, a fundraising event and awards ceremony. In previous years, it took place later in the festival’s run.
British actress Jane Seymour, whose latest film, Bereave, is showing at the festival on Friday night, received the Achievement in Film Acting Award, presented by her Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman co-star Joe Lando. “I’m only 65. I feel like I’m just hitting my stride,” Seymour said of receiving a lifetime-achievement honor. “[Bereave co-star] Malcolm McDowell told me about this. [He said] ‘You won’t believe how wonderful Fort Worth is.’ ”
Seymour went on to say that “acting is my favorite thing to do. I like to pour myself into a character and take the journey the character takes.”
The recipient of this year’s Stephen Bruton Award, an honor bestowed on a musician with Texas ties, is country singer Clint Black, who was given the honor by Don Henley. Taking the stage to the strains of the Henley song Dirty Laundry, the former Eagle said of Black that “I admire this man for his dedication to his art and to his craft” as well as his charitable works and dedication to his family.
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For his part, Black said Henley “had been such a huge influence on me” and that the song Desperado in particular had “great lyrics, great melody” and was also “instructive” with regard to life and love.
Before launching into what was billed as “a special musical performance,” Black joked that he was about to do something he hadn’t done in around 25 years: “sing to a small group of drunk people.”
Johnny Langdon, chairman of the Lone Star Film Society, the organization that runs the festival, and wife Anne Livet Langdon received the Visionary Award.
The Lone Star Film Festival continues through Sunday at venues in Sundance Square including the Four-Day Weekend Theater and the AMC Palace. For more information, go to www.lonestarfilmfestival.com.