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Made-in-Texas Oscar favorite takes center stage at film awards kick-off party

Made-in-Texas Oscar fave takes center stage at film awards kick-off

Matt Lankes at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Photographer Matt Lankes signs copies of his book, Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Jennifer Nelson, from left, Matt Johns, Neil Hamil and Lauren Parsons at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Jennifer Nelson, from left, Matt Johns, Neil Hamil and Lauren Parsons. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Rachel Price and Hugh Brasher at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Rachel Price and Hugh Brasher. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Jason Raschen, from left, Trish Rigdon and Joe Wilson at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Jason Raschen, from left, Trish Rigdon and Joe Wilson. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Jana Phillips and Woody Woodruff at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Jana Phillips and Woody Woodruff. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Frank Douglas, from left, Jo Furr, Judy Douglas and Sarah Ann Mockbee at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Frank Douglas, from left, Jo Furr, Judy Douglas and Sarah Ann Mockbee. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Guests peruse Boyhood at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Guests peruse Boyhood. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Dr. Christine Le, left, and Tamera Washington at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Dr. Christine Le, left, and Tamera Washington. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Courtney Perna and Vincent Drabik at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Courtney Perna and Vincent Drabik. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Holly Herrick and Matt Lankes at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Holly Herrick and Matt Lankes. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Beverly Newsom, from left, Brenda Payne, Gary Payne, Barbra Krings and Garry Newsom at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Beverly Newsom, from left, Brenda Payne, Gary Payne, Barbra Krings and Garry Newsom. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Cindy Mora, from left, Mark Sullivan and Gigi Huang at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Cindy Mora, from left, Mark Sullivan and Gigi Huang. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Charlotte Hill, left, and Stephanie Summerall at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Charlotte Hill, left, and Stephanie Summerall. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Matt Lankes and Jennifer Nelson at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Matt Lankes and Jennifer Nelson. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Signage outside the venue at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Signage outside the venue. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Matt Lankes at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Jennifer Nelson, from left, Matt Johns, Neil Hamil and Lauren Parsons at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Rachel Price and Hugh Brasher at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Jason Raschen, from left, Trish Rigdon and Joe Wilson at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Jana Phillips and Woody Woodruff at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Frank Douglas, from left, Jo Furr, Judy Douglas and Sarah Ann Mockbee at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Guests peruse Boyhood at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Dr. Christine Le, left, and Tamera Washington at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Courtney Perna and Vincent Drabik at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Holly Herrick and Matt Lankes at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Beverly Newsom, from left, Brenda Payne, Gary Payne, Barbra Krings and Garry Newsom at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Cindy Mora, from left, Mark Sullivan and Gigi Huang at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Charlotte Hill, left, and Stephanie Summerall at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Matt Lankes and Jennifer Nelson at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015
Signage outside the venue at the Texas Film Awards Event February 2015

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.

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