The 2013 Houston Cinema Arts Festival brought a touch of Hollywood to the Bayou City. Over the past week, actor Thomas Haden Church screened a sneak peek of his new movie, Lucky Them, director Richard Linklater received the Levantine Cinema Arts Award, actor Will Forte touted his new film Nebraska, and playwright/actor Tracy Letts talked about his new movie, August Osage County.
Here are snapshots of some highlights:
Comedy and Tragedy? A dour Thomas Haden Church posed with Richard Linklater.
One of the festival's highlights came at the screening of the 1918 German silent film, The Yellow Ticket, featuring an all-new score by world-class violinist Alicia Svigals, who performed it with jazz pianist virtuoso Marilyn Lerner.
At the opening night party, PBS' Ernie Manouse poses with HCAF executive director Trish Rigdon, board member Sharon Adams, and Tracy Letts.
Houston-born director Richard Linklater was honored with the Levantine Cinema Arts Award preceding the Houston Cinema Arts Festival screening of one of his most popular films, Dazed and Confused, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its release this year. Previous recipients include Robert Redford, Shirley MacLaine and Linklater's good friend and frequent collaborator, Ethan Hawke.
Richard Linklater, from left, Trish Rigdon and HCAF artistic director Richard Herskowitz.
Following the award presentation and the screening of Dazed and Confused, Ernie Manouse led an audience question-and-answer session with Linklater. Speaking about the film's casting, music acquisition and character development, Linklater provided the audience with insight into the creative process behind his 1993 film.
HCAF board chair Franci Crane poses with Haden Church. On Sunday, she hosted a private party at her home to celebrate the 2013 Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
At the Crain party, Sotheby's chairman Jamie Niven, a close friend of Franci Crain, regaled the audience with hilarious personal insider stories about his famous father David Niven. One highlight was the story of the streaker who ran across the stage at the 46th Annual Academy Awards in 1974, when David Niven was co-host. He was about to give the Best Actress Oscar to Elizabeth Taylor when a nude man ran across the stage. Niven very famously deadpanned to the audience, "Isn't it fascinating that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"
Jamie explained how the streaker had literally camped out in a box completely naked for four days without eating or drinking to pull it off.
Noriko and Ushio Shinohara, right, were the subjects of Zachary Heinzerling's documentary, Cutie and the Boxer, which opened the festival.
Herskowitz huddles with Texas Gallery owner Fredericka Hunter at the Crane party.
Also at the Crane party were Monique Ward and Rodney Brisco.