Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards Kicks Off Biggest SXSW To Date
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Rick Kern and Gary Miller
THE SCENE: The Austin Film Studios and the Austin Film Society recently played host to The Texas Hall of Fame Awards, which has long been known as the kickoff of the annual South by Southwest conference, a worldwide destination that draws hundreds of thousands of music, film and technology experts and fans to Austin. This year’s gala honored the best in Texas film including the Richard Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino film, From Dusk Till Dawn, which had several cast members on hand to receive the Star of Texas Award, along with Mac Davis who was presented with the Soundtrack Award by Priscilla Presley. Austin-bred Amber Heard, the fiancée of Johnny Depp, was on hand to receive the Rising Star Award.
THE VIBE: From the moment of the cocktail party commencing, the exuberant crowd was on hand ready to have a good time as members of Hollywood elite mixed seamlessly with Austin’s Sociables. In fact, it was hard to walk even a couple of feet without running into many familiar and friendly faces. Film star Luke Wilson, the evening’s emcee, presided over the awards program and kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening as guests felt the gratitude of the honorees in what has become known as one of Austin’s biggest nights.
THE CAUSE: Bobbi and Mort Topfer served as honorary chairs of this year’s event that raised over $680,000 for programs that promote film culture and support filmmakers to build a world- renowned film community.