The DALLAS international Film Festival Star Award honors individuals who have made important contributions to modern cinema and the advancement of the art of film.
2011 Star Award Recipients:
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 was presented with the award on the Opening Night of the festival. The world premiere of her latest film, LUCKY, took place the following night, Friday April 1st.
Academy Award nominee Steve James is the first documentary filmmaker in the festival’s history to receive the DALLAS Star Award.
In a year where many filmmaking alumni returned to DALLAS IFF, Steve James was honored with the DALLAS Star Award courtesy of Neiman Marcus at the DALLAS Film Society Honors on April 8. DALLAS IFF celebrated the remarkable achievements that James has made in his career as a Producer, Director, Director of Photography and Editor of documentaries. DALLAS IFF featured AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR and NO CROSSOVER: THE TRIAL OF ALLEN IVERSON in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In 2011 the Festival showcased James’ most recent work, THE INTERRUPTERS: an investigation into the stubborn persistence of violence in American cities. This will mark the first year that a documentary filmmaker has received the Festival’s prestigious award.
Writer/director/producer Scott Z. Burns grew up in Minnesota, where he dreamed of being a rock star. Those dreams were crushed when his parents gave him a trombone instead of a guitar for his seventh birthday.
Burns wrote CONTAGION, a virus thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh which is scheduled for release on October 21st. The Warner Bros. film stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne and Marion Cotillard.
Burns also collaborated with Soderbergh on THE INFORMANT! which starred Damon as well. He co-wrote the Academy Award-winning BOURNE ULTIMATUM, starring Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass and was a producer on AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, the Academy Award-winning documentary, for which he received the Humanitas Prize and the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America. He also wrote and directed HBO Films’ critically acclaimed PU-239, which was produced by Soderbergh and George Clooney.
Burns is adapting Jules Verne’s classic 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA for Disney. It is slated to go into production in December with David Fincher directing. He is also writing a feature script based on the 1960′s TV series MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. for Soderbergh and Warner Bros. which is slated for a January 2012 start. He is casting SIDE EFFECTS, a psychological thriller which he wrote and is attached to direct for MRC. He also wrote THE LIBRARY, a stage play based on the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School with Kennedy/Marshall producing.
Burns began his career in advertising, after graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota. He was part of the creative team responsible for the original “Got Milk?” campaign and his advertising work has been recognized by the Clio Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival.
Scott has written for GQ Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and the Huffington Post.
He did receive a guitar for his 13th birthday, which he still plays.
Horton Foote. One of America’s preeminent dramatists and screenwriters, Horton Foote was born in Wharton, Texas.
He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Young Man From Atlanta, a play that brought the characters from his masterpiece cycle of plays, The Orphan’s Home, back to the stage.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded his screenplays for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1963) and TENDER MERCIES (1983) with Oscars for Best Screenwriting, and his A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL was likewise nominated in 1985.
Many of Foote’s scripts were based on his plays, including 1918, COURTSHIP and ON VALENTINE’S DAY. He also adapted William Faulkner’s work for the screen, including OF MICE AND MEN (1992) and OLD MAN, which earned him an Emmy in 1997. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000.
TEX AVERY AWARD
Born into an artistic household in Colorado, Chris Sanders (Writer / Director) grew up drawing and penning short stories. Although Sanders drew throughout school and served as the cartoonist for the Arvada High School newspaper, he hadn’t considered art as something he could do for a living. But when his grandmother found a random article about the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in the Denver Post, everything changed. Sanders applied for and was accepted to CalArts’ Animation Program, and went on to work for Marvel Productions, and then Disney Studios. He worked as a story artist on RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN and THE LION KING before he was made head of story on MULAN.
It was towards the end of production on MULAN when then-Head of Disney Feature Animation Tom Schumacher asked Sanders if there was anything he wanted to develop. Sanders recalled a story from 18 years before that he had tried to write as a children’s book, but had given up on because he couldn’t compress it into a short-story format. Over a sushi dinner with Schumacher at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort, he pitched the story—a tale of a strange forest creature, shunned by all, and unaware of his own origins. Schumacher liked it, and when he suggested that Sanders relocate the tale of the lonely little monster into the human world, LILO & STITCH was born.
Sanders wrote, boarded and directed LILO with Dean DeBlois. In 2006, he left Disney Studios to join the filmmaking team at DreamWorks Animation.
Canadian-born Dean DeBlois (Writer / Director) is a film director, screenwriter and animator who is equally at home in the worlds of live-action and animation filmmaking. Although already an accomplished animator and writer at the time the film became a worldwide hit, DeBlois is perhaps best known for co-writing and co-directing Walt Disney Animation Studios’ LILO & STITCH. He later stepped behind the live-action camera to direct the indie critical darling HEIMA, which documents alternative/post-rock band Sigur Rós’ series of free, unannounced concerts performed in their home country of Iceland. He also previously served as head of story on the Disney hit MULAN.
He is set to write, produce and direct the live-action comedy THE BANSHEE AND FIN MAGEE for Walt Disney Pictures. In addition, he has several live-action projects in development at Universal Studios and The Walt Disney Studio, on which he is serving as writer, director and producer.
DeBlois started his career at Hinton Animation Studios and worked as animator on the television series The Raccoons. He next joined Don Bluth’s Sullivan Bluth Studios in Ireland and worked on the animated features “THUMBELLINA” and “A TROLL IN CENTRAL PARK.”
2010 Star Award Recipients:
John Lee Hancock
Pedro Infante (posthumously)