DALLAS IFF 2011 Opening Night.

1 04 2011

Last night opened the 2011 DALLAS IFF with a tremendous celebration.  Liener Temerlin, the Festival’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Legendary Screen star Ann Margret and guest such as Ross Perot took over the AT&T Preforming Arts Center and in particular Ol’ red, The Winspear Opera House.  A wonderful evening indeed.

Arthur E. Benjamin summed up the magnitude of the evening.

CEO of The DALLAS IFF, Michael Cain, introduced the Star Award recipients and up first was the legendary Mrs. Ann Margret.

Michael shared the 50 year filmography of Ann Margret.

Now The Legend Mrs. Ann Margret has some wonderful words about our State and wonderful City.

Michael would then poignantly talk about his mentor and friend, the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the DALLAS IFF Liener Temerlin.  He would also introduce a former presidential candidate and leading figure in our cities past, present and future.

Ross Perot mystified the Winspear audience with his tales of Liener Temerlin.

And then Ross got us rowdy for Liener Temerlin!!

Liener Temerlin compliments his friend Michael Cain to open his acceptance speech for the 2011 DIFF Star Award.

Liener Temerlin would then tell a funny story about his buddy Ross and he’d leave us all by thanking his wonderful family.

PSD’s buddy, The Festival Director of DIFF James Faust.

As you’ve heard last night’s opening night film is the incredible BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey.

Being Elmo tells the story of Kevin Clash, who’s love of puppets would lead him to work for his idol, mentor and friend Jim Henson and all the amazing folks that work with Sesame Street and the Muppets.  The amazing documentary showcases how Kevin’s never-ending desire to stick with his passion would lead to iconic status of a little red puppet named Elmo.  Its a powerful and moving documentary that easily is one of the best films of 2011.  Go see this utterly captivating film.

Check back later today for numerous videos from the DIFF 2011 Opening Night Red Carpet!!!!!

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