On Thursday, March 12th—the eve of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival—at Austin Studios, Texas Film Awards will 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.
More announcements to come in January and February.