LSIFF: A Wonderful Experience!!!

16 11 2010

The 4-year-old film festival dominated the Fort Worth scene from Wednesday thru this past Sunday. PSD would like to share a few of the experiences along the way.

T-Bone Burnett, famed producer, and the chairman of the Lone Star Film Society, Johnny Langdon are just two of the people that made LSIFF such an amazing festival for 2010.  T-Bone was awarded the Stephen Bruton Award, while his close friend Jeff Bridges was giving a Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented by Director Peter Bogdanovich.

The gentlemen dazzled Cow-Town with a wonderful closed-Gala event on Friday night and a roaring concert/party on Saturday night at 8.O’s Bar.  Along with that tremendous trio, LSIFF and the Lone Star Film Society were able to bring directors, writers and actors from some of the films showcased.  Oscar winning screenwriter Callie Khouri, Scott Cooper, Director, Writer and Producer of the film Crazy Heart, Producer Rob Carliner of Crazy Heart, and Director John Lee Hancock of Blindside.

John Lee Hancock and Callie Khouri took part in a panel on screenplay writing that was moderated by our buddy Kelly Williams, the Austin Film Festival’s Film Program Director.  (we’ll have that greatness very soon!!).

Director Scott Cooper and Director Dan Rush also took place in a Q&A conversation with former WFAA film critic Gary Cogill (that we’ll also share that fun experience soon too).

The LSIFF brought out some fun guests too.

Iconic NBC 5 reporter/interviewer Bobbie Wygant made it to the Gala, and a few screenings like the Opening Night film MARWENCOL!

The LSIFF Artistic Director Alec Jhangiani and his team really did a wonderful job picking the films for this year’s festival.  A bold choice like the gripping documentary MARWENCOL to open the fest is just one correct move by the LSIFF group.  Great job to Senior Programmer Jed Silver, Community Relations Coordinator Kelley Loyd, Office Coordinator Stephanie Barron, communications manager Ramtin Nikzad and media manager Lynaia Lutes for doing a great job!!!

LSIFF Director Dennis Bishop and his wife Janis Jolcuvar were also key folks in making LSIFF shine brightly in 2010.

As a Dallas guy, I’ve been able to watch Michael Cain, James Faust and the DIFF (formally AFI Dallas) team make their own young festival (going into its 5th year in March/April of 2011) into one of the nations most well-respected festivals.  Its great to see that our sister city is also run so passionately and intelligently.  With Austin, Marfa, Lubbock, Abilene, Houston, and San Antonio (and more) the Texas landscape has turned into a film friendly one.  In other words congrats to the Lone Star State for stepping things up to new heights over the last decade or two.  To many people to shout out to to be honest.  Instead I’ll get back to the fun that was the Gala this past Friday night.

Did I mention Jeff Bridges and T-Bone Burnett were in Fort Worth this weekend?  How about Peter Bogdanovich?

Ok so i’ve got one more shout out to the Schaefers!!

Ken, member of the Board of Directors for the Lone Star Film Society, and Lori were so awesome and helpful.

Ken and Jeff Bridges.

Another cool shot of T-Bone Burnett.

Now its time to introduce you all to the newest PSD member, and the reason why we have all these awesome pictures!!!

All photos were taken by Qelsi Qualls.  Here for instance are two of my favorite from QQ.

WHAT YOU LOOKING AT PETER?!?!?!?!

Caught another glimpse from Peter just as the elevator doors were closing!!

Ok here are the real GEMS from Qelsi’s first PSD assignment.

Jeff Bridges and T-Bone Burnett playing “Falling and Flying” from the Crazy Heart Soundtrack!

And now for El Duderino solo rendition of Greg Brown’s “Brand New Angel.”!!

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16 11 2010
Ken Schaefer

Gadi – great seeing you at the festival. You guys did an awesome job keeping info flowing. This festival is really coming into its’ own – as soon as my inbox stops glaring at me, planning begins for the 5th Annual LSIFF!

21 09 2011
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[…] lil’ girl Nancy the ladies showcased there incredible singing range.  Its no wonder that our buddy T-Bone Burnett helped launch Laura and Lydia unto the world.  From their website this wonderful […]

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