The 4th Annual John Wayne Film Festival returns to Dallas for its second year with the charitable Kara and Randall Goss serving as this year’s festival chairs and Anne and Steve Stodghill serving as Honorary Chairs. Wayne family members Patrick Wayne, Melinda Wayne-Munoz, Ethan Wayne, Marisa Wayne, and Anita Swift will return to Dallas to join the festival chairs, host committee and guests for the four-day festival. The John Wayne Film Festival will be held at Highland Park Village Theatre and LOOK Cinemas from September 24th through September 27th and is a rare opportunity to see some of The Duke's most legendary films on the big screen.
“Randall and I are looking forward to engaging the Dallas community this year and raising much needed funds for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation,” says Kara Goss, John Wayne Film Festival event chair. “We are excited to build off the momentum Anne and Steve Stodghill created for the festival last year, and are especially proud to recognize Steve’s sister, who ultimately lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.”
The festival will be hosted at Highland Park Village and kicks off on Thursday, September 24th with a VIP screening at Highland Park Village Theatre, followed by a VIP dinner and live auction at Bistro 31. On Friday, September 25th, the festivities continue with two screenings in the evening at Highland Park Village Theatre and three overflow screenings at LOOK Cinemas. On Saturday, September 26th, Highland Park Village Theatre and LOOK Cinemas and will have five screenings total. Also on Saturday, the John Wayne Film Festival will host a public screening of The Searchers at Klyde Warren Park. Finally, the final film screening at Highland Park Village Theatre will be followed by a private closing night party. Question and answer sessions with the Wayne Family will take place during the festival.
Auction sponsor Heritage Auctions will manage the John Wayne Film Festival auction with many great items to bid on including a few John Wayne items. The auction will be live online from September 3rd to 23rd transitioning to a live auction on the evening of the VIP Dinner on Friday, September 24th. The online auction can be accessed visiting www.johnwayne.org. Auction items include an image of John Wayne in The Searchers from the John R. Hamilton Collection, a John Wayne .45 pistol and custom case by America Remembers, a John Wayne guitar and case by ASG, a painting of Grace Kelly by Russell Young, and many more one-of-a-kind items.
Films to be Shown During Festival
- Flying Leathernecks
- Fort Apache
- How the West Was Won
- In Harms Way
- True Grit
- Red River
- Rooster Cogburn
- She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
- The Barbarian and the Geisha
- The Cowboys
- The Shootist
- The Sea Chase
- The Searchers
In addition, on Thursday, September 24th, the John Wayne Family will participate in an Art Walk through Highland ParkVillage. The Art Walk is open to the public September 20th through 26th and features the recently uncovered ‘Lost Archive’ of rarely-seen and never-seen photographs from John R. Hamilton’s collection. John R. Hamilton has photographed the most iconic celebrities from the 1940’s to 1990’s, including John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Ann-Margret. To see more from the collection, or for upcoming events visit JohnHamiltonCollection.com.
This year’s festival sponsors include Highland Park Village, U.S. Risk, Kara and Randall Goss, Dan Hagood, Heritage Auctions, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Jeff Price, The Deason Foundation, Richard H. Collins, DUKE Spirits, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Modern Luxury Dallas, Bistro 31, John R. Hamilton Collection, Klyde Warren Park, Cherry Tart, Hilton Dallas/Park Cities and LOOK Cinemas.
All the proceeds from the John Wayne Film Festival will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Suggested attire for the Festival is boots and jeans. Event information including sponsorship and links to purchase tickets can be found by visiting www.johnwayne.org.