What: A kick-off bash for the Texas Film Awards gala set for March 12 in Austin.
Where: Hotel Derek.
The 411: Representatives of the Austin Film Society buzzed through town promoting the big event with a dog and pony show that included photographer Matt Lankes, who answered questions and signed his book BOYHOOD: Twelve Years on Film, which documents the making of the Oscar nominee for Best Picture.
Guests partied under the stars in the hotel's splash pool area while images of previous Texas Film Awards honorees were projected on the Derek's Texas-sized movie wall. Ensuring that all went smoothly was Derek sales and marketing director Stephanie Summerall and chef Shannen Tune, who whipped up a wealth of party foods.
Who: Houston Cinema Arts Society executive director Trish Rigdon, Judy and Frank Douglas, Jo Furr, Neal Hamil, Gigi Huang, Matt Johns, Cindy Mora, Brenda and Gary Payne, Rachel Price and Hugh Brasher and Stuart Rosenberg.