FILM & VIDEO
12th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards
March 8, 2012
Austin Film Society announces
Honorees, Presenting Sponsor and Special Musical Guests
for the 12th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards at the
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 West 2nd St, Austin, Texas
Celebrity guests and local favorites celebrate the best in Texas Film
Sponsors to date: Milton Verret, The Moody Foundation, Patron Spirits, South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals, FBA, Texas Monthly, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, CultureMap, Four Seasons Hotel Austin, The Austin Chronicle, Houndstooth, Kendra Scott and Brown Distributing
The Austin Film Society is pleased to announce that actor Barry Corbin, filmmaker Douglas McGrath and musician Meat Loaf will be honored at the 12th annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Between four and six honorees are inducted each year; additional honorees, celebrity award presenters and special guests to be announced soon.
Barry Corbin, an accomplished actor with a film and television career that spans decades, is best known for his standout film performances in No Country for Old Men, Urban Cowboy, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. His numerous television appearances include Lonesome Dove, The Thorn Birds, Dallas, and an Emmy-nominated turn on Northern Exposure. Equally at home in a Shakespearean doublet or a cowboy hat, the native Texan has a full plate of upcoming projects.
Marvin Lee Aday, better known to fans as Meat Loaf, was born and bred in Dallas. This rock n' roll legend sold more than 43 million copies of his noted album Bat Out of Hell and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance for “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That).” Meat Loaf's prolific career also includes over 50 movie and television roles, with unforgettable appearances in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club and most recently Celebrity Apprentice.
Born in Midland, filmmaker Douglas McGrath was nominated for both an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for his Bullets Over Broadway screenplay. He has been nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award twice - for Bullets Over Broadway in 1995 and Emma in 1997. McGrath also wrote and directed Austin Studios-based Infamous, Nicholas Nickleby and Company Man.
Two of Austin's emerging local musicians, Nakia and Suzanna Choffel, will be making special guest appearances during the Awards show. Known for his larger-than-life performances, Nakia rose to national prominence on NBC's The Voice, charming the judges and fans with his soulful vocals. Choffel has received critical acclaim for her albums, being called one of the best innovative songwriters in the Austin music scene today. They will be taking the stage with Grammy-winning Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, who will be serving as the house band for the evening.
Additionally, Milton Verret - Austin entrepreneur, philanthropist and avid music memorabilia collector - has signed on as the show's presenting sponsor. An advocate for children's charities across the US, Verret made headlines last year when he purchased the famed red jacket from Michael Jackson's Thriller video as a means to help raise money for children's causes.
This year, the 12th annual awards show will move from the Austin Film Society's east Austin Studios campus to ACL Live at The Moody Theater downtown—adding accessibility and the capacity for multiple ticket tiers. For the first time, it will be possible to offer $250 and $75 tickets making the event available to young professionals, aspiring filmmakers, actors, crew, and other creatives. The show will take place on March 8th, the evening before South by Southwest Film and Interactive festivals.
Past honorees have included Renée Zellweger, Robert Duvall, Willie Nelson, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Hopper, Forest Whitaker, Sissy Spacek, Terrence Malick, Cybill Shepherd, The Dixie Chicks, Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Fonda, Mike Judge, Ann-Margret, Lauren Bacall, Woody Harrelson, Bill Paxton, Dennis Quaid, and Ethan Hawke.
Table and single tickets are now on sale at www.austinfilm.org. Businesses can support this event & get unparalleled sponsorship benefits by contacting Ann Welch at 512/322.0145 x3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Austin Film Society
Austin Film Society promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative media production by screening rarely seen films, giving grants and other support to emerging filmmakers, and providing access and education about film to youth and the public. Through Austin Studios, which AFS opened in 2000 through a lease from the City of Austin, AFS helps attract film development and production to Austin and Texas. Gala film premieres and the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards raise funds as well as awareness of the impact of film on the economy and community. Austin Film Society is ranked among the top film centers in the country and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and Directors Guild of America. The Austin Film Society’s programs are funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. For more information on Austin Film Society, visit www.austinfilm.org
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