The Austin Film Society’s 15th Annual Texas Film Awards will honor a group of Texas filmmakers who’ve put their home state on the cinematic map.
The gala will celebrate “Boyhood,” an Oscar nominee for Best Picture that won Patricia Arquette a Supporting Actress statuette, with the Variety Creative Impact in Cinema Award presented by Variety’s Steve Gaydos. This award will mark the film’s return to its hometown of Texas, where it was shot and edited over the course of 12 years by Houston-born Richard Linklater. He founded the Austin Film Society in 1985 with longtime collaborator and “Boyhood” co-cinematographer Lee Daniel.
Last year, the indie-friendly Austin Film Society joined Sundance’s expanding Artist Services program built to benefit filmmakers seeking exclusive options for digital distribution, marketing and financing for their projects.
On Thursday, March 12th at Austin Studios, Texas Film Awards will also go to these five Texans:
Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones, who in 2014 directed and starred in the overlooked, deconstructed Western “The Homesman,” starring Best Actress hopeful Hilary Swank as a spinster frontierswoman and Jones as the claim-jumper who helps her escort three mentally insane women across the country.
Producer Bonnie Curtis who got her start in the film business in 1990 as Steven Spielberg’s assistant before producing “Saving Private Ryan,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Minority Report” and more years later. Her latest production, Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days in the Desert,” premieres at Sundance this month.
Director Guillermo Del Toro, whose gothic horror “Crimson Peak” hits theaters this October and stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska. He also co-created and co-exec produced FX series “The Strain.”
Dallas native Luke Wilson, who will soon be seen in director/executive producer Cameron Crowe’s pilot “Roadies,” and recently shined in HBO’s “Enlightened” opposite Laura Dern.
Filmmaker/journalist L.M. Kit Carson, who died in October, will be celebrated for his directing (“The American Dreamer”), acting (“David Holzman’s Diary”) and screenwriting credits (“Paris, Texas”). Director Jim McBride’s vérité mockumentary “David Holzman’s Diary,” starring Carson, will screen on the night before the awards.
Previous honorees include Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Terrence Malick, Woody Harrelson, Renee Zellweger, Robin Wright and Amber Heard. Austin Film Society grant recipients have included the Zellner brothers (“Kumiko the Treasure Hunter”), Andrew Bujalski (“Results”), Jeff Nichols (“Mud”) and David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”).
Ryan Lattanzio is a staff writer for TOH at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter @ryanlattanzio.