Music and Film Icons Top 2012 LSFF Growing List of Honorees
The 2012 Lone Star Film Festival, Nov. 7-11, Sundance Square, Fort Worth
Legendary producer Albert S. Ruddy and musician Billy Joe Shaver will be honored at the 2012 Lone Star Film Festival in Sundance Square (Nov. 7-11). Ruddy will receive the LSFF Achievement in Film Producing Award and Shaver will receive the Stephen Bruton Award at the 2012 LSFF Ball on Thursday, November 8. The ball will be in the ballroom at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Both honorees will also present films from their career. Shaver will give a musical performance and Ruddy will discuss his career in a one-on-one conversation. We are thrilled to have two icons from the film and music worlds, both of whose careers represent a fierce loyalty to their unique visions. Please see below for more information on these two remarkable individuals. Additional honorees and guests will be announced soon.
For more information about tickets and tables purchases at the 2012 LSFF Ball, please call or email Liz Gilchrist at (212) 868-8450 or [email protected]. Details about additional screenings and appearances will be announced soon. Stay tuned to lonestarfilmsociety.com for further announcements.
BILLY JOE SHAVER
Billy Joe Shaver has never been a household name, but his songs became country standards during the 1970s and his reputation among musicians and critics has remained legendary throughout the ensuing decades. All Music Guide lists 23 albums, from 1973’s “Old Five & Dimers Like Me” through 2007’s “Everybody’s Brother.” Among his many classic songs are “I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day),” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Live Forever,” “Tramp on Your Street,” and “Try and Try Again.”
In 1999, Shaver was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. In 2005, Billy Joe Shaver performed on CMT Outlaws. In 2006, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He recently served as spiritual advisor to Texas independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman and his 2007 album “Everybody’s Brother” was nominated for a GRAMMY. For his efforts, the Americana Music Association awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting.
Shaver is truly one of the most respected living figures in American music. Elvis, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and many others have cut his songs. Bob Dylan, who rarely covers other writers, often plays Billy Joe‘s “Old Five And Dimers Like Me” in concert and Johnny Cash called him “my favorite songwriter.” The Washington Post noted, “When the country outlaws were collecting their holy writings, Billy Joe Shaver was carving out Exodus.”
ALBERT S. RUDDY
Ruddy got his start in 1965 by pitching an original, yet offbeat, television idea about a POW camp. CBS loved the idea and HOGAN’S HEROES was created. The show’s 240 segments ran for eight seasons. After succeeding in television, Ruddy decided to try his luck at movies. He cast an unknown Robert Redford in LITTLE FAUSS AND BIG HALSY, which led to his involvement in THE GODFATHER. In1972, Clint Eastwood presented Albert S. Ruddy with the best picture Oscar for THE GODFATHER, putting Ruddy on the map as an icon in independent movie making.
He followed up the success of THE GODFATHER with writing and producing THE LONGEST YARD, a cult classic, launching Burt Reynolds into leading man status and creating a friendship between the two that lasts to this day. It is one of the highest grossing films of its time. THE LONGEST YARD earned Ruddy his second Golden Globe and continued respect in the industry.
In 2004, 32 years after Clint Eastwood handed Ruddy his first Oscar, they had a full circle moment by winning another best picture Oscar together for MILLION DOLLAR BABY. This movie also earned Morgan Freeman his first Academy Awardâ and Hilary Swank’s second. Ruddy continues to produce film and recently finished CAMILLE: A LOVE STORY, starring Sienna Miller and James Franco.
New Russian Cinema Festival
The Lone Star Film Society, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the city of Fort Worth will present a series of New Russian Cinema from August 21-26 in New York and Fort Worth, Texas.
The following films will be featured at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth from August 24-26. Tickets are $8.50, $6.50 for Modern Members and Lone Star Film Society members. Festival passes are $25. Individual tickets go on sale at the Modern two hours prior to show time. Beginning July 18, advance purchase of Festival Passes or purchase of individual tickets for Reel People and LSFS members will be available by calling 817.738.9215.
The following films will be featured:
MY FATHER IS BARYSHNIKOV
Friday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
CHAPITEAU-SHOW (in 2 parts):
Part 1 – Saturday, August 25, 2 p.m.
Part 2 – Saturday, August 25, 5 p.m.