DALLAS — The DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Cadillac announced today that award-winning actress Ann-Margret will be honored with the DALLAS Star Award at the upcoming festival (March 31 – April 10, 2011). This marks the first announcement of the prestigious DALLAS Star Award Honorees.
Poignant dramas BEAUTIFUL BOY and SOUL SURFER and the world premiere of OK BUCKAROOS will be featured in the coveted Centerpiece screening slots. Fourteen films will vie for the unrestricted $25,000 Target cash prize in both the Target Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature Competitions.
The selection of Ann-Margret as a recipient of the DALLAS Star Award follows a DALLAS IFF Honoree Hall of Fame that features esteemed greats such as Sydney Pollack, Lauren Bacall, Adrien Brody, Charlize Theron, Frank Darabont, Kathryn Bigelow, John Lee Hancock, Peter Bogdanovich, Marvin Hamlisch, and freshly minted Academy Award-winner Wally Pfister to name but a few. 2011 will mark Ann-Margret’s 50th year in the entertainment industry, a career that has taken her from her early starring roles in BYE BYE BIRDIE, STATE FAIR, as well as VIVA LAS VEGAS opposite Elvis Presley, to an illustrious recording, stage, television and film career that has seen her nominated for two Academy Awards (CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971), TOMMY (1975)) and a winner of five Golden Globes (“Most Promising Newcomer” (1962), CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, TOMMY, WHO WILL LOVE MY CHILDREN? (TV-1983), and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (TV-1984)).
Ann-Margret’s award-winning roles in TOMMY and CARNAL KNOWLEDGE pitched her against legends Roger Daltrey and Jack Nicholson with other countless memorable performances including THE TRAIN ROBBERS, Oliver Stone’s ANY GIVEN SUNDAY and GRUMPY OLD MEN starring John Wayne, Al Pacino, Walter Matthau, and Jack Lemmon respectively. Most recently, Ann-Margret won a 2010 Emmy Award for her performance in LAW & ORDER: SVU.
“Ann-Margret is a rare talent in that she has beautifully balanced live musical performances with incredible dramatic film roles throughout her career,” said the DALLAS Film Society President & CEO, Tanya Foster. “It is a real honor for us to publicly acknowledge the contribution she has made to the art of film.”
The DALLAS Star Award, designed by Steuben Crystal, is courtesy of Neiman Marcus. Ann-Margret will be presented with the award on the Opening Night of the festival. The world premiere of her latest film, LUCKY, will take place the following night on Friday April 1st.
DALLAS IFF’S Centerpiece screenings are works from acclaimed actors, directors and producers that hope to inspire conversation, spark imagination and encourage contemplation. In announcing BEAUTIFUL BOY, SOUL SURFER, and OK BUCKAROOS as the three Centerpieces, DALLAS IFF is staying true to finding films that do just this. Although very different works of art, both BEAUTIFUL BOY and SOUL SURFER focus on the emotional impact that tragedy has on the family unit, whilst OK BUCKAROOS is an insightful journey through the life of music legend, Jerry Jeff Walker.
BEAUTIFUL BOY (USA) - US PREMIERE
Director: Shawn Ku
In Shawn Ku’s hard-hitting poignant drama BEAUTIFUL BOY, starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello, a couple in the midst of a rocky marriage suddenly have to face the devastating news that their son has committed a mass shooting before taking his own life. The US Premiere of BEAUTIFUL BOY will take place at DALLAS IFF and it will bring the film home to Dallas for natives Lee Clay (producer) and cast members Meatloaf and Alan Tudyk. The cast also includes Moon Bloodgood, Kyle Gallner, Darren O’Hare, and Deidrie Henry.
SOUL SURFER (USA)
Director: Sean McNamara
Based on the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, Sean McNamara’s heart-wrenching yet inspirational SOUL SURFER sees a family, living an idyllic life in Hawaii, thrown into turmoil when their daughter/sister loses an arm, and nearly her life, in a vicious shark attack. The 2008 DALLAS Star Award recipient Helen Hunt joins Dennis Quaid as Bethany’s parents with rising star AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany. Carrie Underwood, Lorraine Nicolson, Ross Thomas, and Chris Brochu also star.
OK BUCKAROOS (USA) – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by: Patrick Tourville
Patrick Tourville’s OK BUCKAROOS is the story of a troubadour’s journey in the last years of the twentieth century. Jerry Jeff Walker was a street singer in the sixties. In the seventies he led a musical movement and in the eighties he walked away from the recording industry. Tourville’s film explores the 50-year journey of this Gypsy Song Man from Upstate New York to the beaches of Florida and the hustling sidewalks of New Orleans to Independence Day in 2009 and a hot summer’s night in Round Rock, Texas.
For the fifth consecutive year, Target is enhancing their mission of fostering the creative spirit of film by presenting the winners of the Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature competitions with the Target Filmmaker Award and an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for each category. Seven films in each competition will be judged by a jury of industry professionals and the winners will be announced at the DALLAS Film Society Honors on April 8.
“Target is thrilled to be supporting the DALLAS International Film Festival once again,” said Dustee Tucker, VP of Communications for Target and a member of the DALLAS Film Festival Advisory Board. “We believe in the importance of making art accessible to all and Target is very excited to present independent filmmakers with $25,000 and the Target Filmmaker Award in hopes of inspiring them and countless others to continue discovering their artistic vision in film." James Faust, Artistic Director of the DALLAS International Film Festival adds: “This year, we have fourteen incredible films lined up in competition, with two World Premieres and one US Premiere in the Documentary Narrative competition alone. I urge audiences to come see these films in competition – it is cutting edge, international cinema at its very best.”
Brothers and University of Texas alums, Jack and Yossy Zagha, bring their comedic ADIÓS MUNDO CRUEL (GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD) to Dallas, a film that was inspired by Jack’s own experience of being mugged in Mexico City. US Premiere PROSECUTOR explores the behind-the-scenes drama of the tumultuous year-in-the-life of the International Criminal Court’s first Chief Prosecutor, the controversial Argentine jurist, Luis Moerno Ocampo. Two world premieres in the documentary competition promise to engage audiences: THE GREATER GOOD will incite debate as it highlights families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccine choices and ZERO PERCENT follows the lives of men who experience the transformative power of education within the notorious Sing Sing Correctional Facility.
The DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Cadillac will run March 31 – April 10, 2011. Passes are currently on sale, tickets go on sale March 17. Passes and tickets will be made available via online (www.dallasfilm.org), and phone (214-720-0555).
source: DALLAS International Film Festival