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The 2014 Dallas Film Society Honors

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Tonight, the Dallas Film Society will hold its 2014 DFS Honors at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation with Sheri Deterling and Geoff Hakwes, it’s a glamorous banquet designed to honor the winning filmmakers of the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival, with over $50,000 in prizes and grants to be awarded.

This year’s awards will include Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Awards for Documentary, Narrative and Shorts categories, the winner of this year’s Silver Heart Award, and several others. The Dallas Film Society will also honor its 2014 Dallas Star Award recipients: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, animator John Kricfalusi, and legendary actor John Wayne.

We invite you to join us for this very special night, complete with a cocktail reception and elegant dinner. Buy your tickets now and be one of the stars at the DFS Honors 2014.

ON THE RED CARPET TONIGHT

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The Dallas Film Society Honors will be held tonight at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Scheduled to appear on the red carpet:

Cheryl Boone Isaacs (President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, head of CBI Enterprises, Inc.)

John Kricfalusi (creator of Ren & Stimpy and winner of the 2014 Texas Avery Animation Award presented by Reel FX)

Arthur E. Benjamin, (DFS Honors Presenting Sponsor, Founder of American Dog Rescue and the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation)

And many more Festival guests.

ALSO ON THE CARPET:

THE SACRAMENT
Ti West (Director, Screenwriter)

THE FACE OF LOVE
Arie Posin (Director)
Bonnie Curtis (Producer)
Ruth Mutch (Producer)

DIFF 2014 JURY MEMBERS:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION JURY
Shari Frilot (Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival)
Jordan Vogt-Roberts (director of THE KINGS OF SUMMER, SUCCESSFUL ALCOHOLICS)
Doug Mankoff (producer and executive producer of NEBRASKA, AWAY FROM HER, TSOTSI)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION JURY
Josh Mandel (Senior Programmer at the Slamdance Film Festival)
Shaz Bennett (filmmaker, writer and member of IDA and Cinema Eye selection committee)

TEXAS COMPETITION JURY
Lindsey Ashley (Senior Production Consultant for the Texas Film Commission)
Bart Weiss (filmmaker, educator, director/founder of the Dallas VideoFestival)
Yen Tan (director of CIAO, PIT STOP)

SHORTS COMPETITION JURY
Clint Bowie (Program Director of the New Orleans Film Society)
Matthew Campbell (Head Programmer for Denver Film Society)
Kat Candler (lecturer and director of HELLION, BLACK METAL)

KUMIKO GOES WEST: ZELLNER BROS DREAM UP MODERN DAY TREASURE HUNT

1349Kumiko is a lonely woman yearning for adventure. She hates her job. She has no friends. Her mother calls often, nagging at her for still being single. After discovering an old VHS tape of the film FARGO, Kumiko (played by Academy Award winning actress Rinko Kikuchi), convinces herself that the briefcase of money Steve Buscemi’s character buries in North Dakota is actually real. And so, she sets out to America on a quest for mythical treasure.

Directors Nathan and David Zellner return to DIFF with KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER, a fantastic and dreamy film years in the making. “In 2001, an urban legend circulated online about a woman traveling from Japan to Minnesota looking for the mythical fortune from the film,” says director Nathan Zellner. “At the time there was no information, but we were so captivated by the idea: what would lead someone on this journey?” Click here to read more.

IN BREAK POINT, BROTHERS BOUNCE BACK

1355Jimmy Price (Jeremy Sisto) is a reckless man-child on the last leg of his career as a doubles tennis player. When his latest partner drops him, he realizes he’s officially burned all of his bridges on the pro circuit. He decides to make one last ditch effort to revive his career, reaching outside of the tennis world and convincing his childhood partner — his estranged brother Darren (David Walton), now an apathetic substitute teacher — to team up with him. When the mismatched pair make an unlikely run at a grand slam tournament, they are forced to re-discover their game and their brotherhood as well. Click here to read more.


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DALLAS STAR AWARDS

With 175 films and an Oscar to his credit, John Wayne is considered by many to be not only a great actor, but the American archetype.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the first African-American President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and only the third woman to hold the office.

John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy, is the recipient of the 2014 Texas Avery Animation Award presented by REEL FX.

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