Strike a pose

Red carpet dazzle: Stars and celebs kick off Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Red carpet dazzle: Stars & celebs kick off Houston Cinema Arts Fest

Ernie Manouse, from left, Trish Rigdon,  Sharon Adams and Tracy Letts at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Ernie Manouse, from left, Trish Rigdon, Sharon Adams and Tracy Letts at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Angela and Owen Daniels at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Angela and Owen Daniels at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Duane and Devon Brown at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Duane and Devon Brown at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Ushio and Noriko Shinohara at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Ushio and Noriko Shinohara at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Y. Ping Sun, from left, Sima Ladjevardian and Rania Daniel at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Y. Ping Sun, from left, Sima Ladjevardian and Rania Daniel at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Michelle Phillips and David Peck at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Michelle Phillips and David Peck at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mark Sullivan and Sharon Adams at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Mark Sullivan and Sharon Adams at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jack McWilliams and Lauren Pray at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Jack McWilliams and Lauren Pray at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoya Tommy and Guus Kemp at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Zoya Tommy and Guus Kemp at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Brandon Weinbrenner, left, and Todd Waite at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Brandon Weinbrenner, left, and Todd Waite at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Pamela Powers and Dan Russ at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Pamela Powers and Dan Russ at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Michael Zilkha and Emily Church at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Michael Zilkha and Emily Church at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
John Cheesmond and Celina Hellmund at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
John Cheesmond and Celina Hellmund at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Gracie and Jim Cavnar at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Gracie and Bob Cavnar at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Tracy Letts at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Tracy Letts at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Mario Kazaz, from left, Tere Garcia and Laura De Leon at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Mario Kazaz, from left, Tere Garcia and Laura De Leon at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
The Grateful Geezers Credit at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
The Grateful Geezers at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Ernie Manouse, from left, Trish Rigdon,  Sharon Adams and Tracy Letts at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Angela and Owen Daniels at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Duane and Devon Brown at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Ushio and Noriko Shinohara at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Y. Ping Sun, from left, Sima Ladjevardian and Rania Daniel at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Michelle Phillips and David Peck at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Mark Sullivan and Sharon Adams at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Jack McWilliams and Lauren Pray at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Zoya Tommy and Guus Kemp at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Brandon Weinbrenner, left, and Todd Waite at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Pamela Powers and Dan Russ at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Michael Zilkha and Emily Church at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
John Cheesmond and Celina Hellmund at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Gracie and Jim Cavnar at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Tracy Letts at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
Mario Kazaz, from left, Tere Garcia and Laura De Leon at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013
The Grateful Geezers Credit at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night party November 2013

Strut, pose, strut, pose . . . there's a je ne sais quois about red carpet welcomes that spark the inner celeb in everyone, particularly when a row of paparazzi await for the perfect attitude to capture a memorable image.

Inside, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston played host to the opening celebration of the fifth Houston Cinema Arts Festival on Wednesday, an event that greeted a coterie of film luminaries, notable artists, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, sports VIPs and actors of repute.

Following an exclusive reception for select guests that included festival board chair Franci Crane and hubby Jim, Phoebe Tudor, Bob and Gracie Cavnar and Houston Texans Owen Daniels and wife Angela and Duane Brown and wife Devon, the stage was set for the Houston premiere of Cutie and the Boxer, a moving documentary about the perseverance of the human spirit.

In the house with film director, Houston-born and St. John's School graduate Zachary Heinzerling were film subjects, artists ​Noriko and Ushio Shinohara, whose candid wit and unapologetic honesty charmed the standing-room throng. Despite personal and professional strife, the Shinoharas unfaltering love for one another was evident in the many humorous unscripted moments during a question-and-answer session.

Smooth jazz courtesy of the Grateful Geezers, a spread of finger foods and an open bar morphed the museum into a classy dance party where avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas, director Barbara Hammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Homeland star Tracy Letts, musician/animator Jeremy Rourke and Colombian photographer Juan Manuel Echavarría — and the list goes on and on — mingled with movie buffs.

Chinese director Hao Jie with actors Feng Si, Yelan Jiang and Ge Xia traveled from across the world for the screening of The Love Songs of Tiedan, set for Saturday at the Asia Society Texas Center.

In the crowd with executive director Trish Rigdon were Bobbie Allen, Bridget Monthy, Jared Crane, Krystal and Garrett Thompson, Jake Rubin, Sharon Adams, Rick Ferguson, Alfred Cervantes, Pat Breen, Michael Zilkha and fashion designer David Peck with wife Michelle Phillips.

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