Some big names will grace Houston for the 2010 Cinema Arts Festival.
International film star and one of the world's most beautiful women, Isabella Rossellini, will be hosting "An Evening with Isabella Rossellini" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Nov. 12, where she'll present highlights from her Sundance Channel series Green Porno and Seduce Me. The series have won Webby awards for their irreverent and humorous look at mating patterns among animals.
Rossellini will also be receiving the first-ever Levantine Cinema Arts Award, which honors industry artists who've stretched the boundaries of cinematic expression throughout their careers.
While she's in town, Rossellini will also help launch the 40th anniversary tribute to the Rice Media Center, which her father, Italian director Roberto Rossellini, helped found in its early years along with John and Dominique de Menil. There, she'll screen her father's Journey to Italy, which also stars mom Ingrid Bergman, and a tribute to her dad called My Father is 100 Years Old.
We also hear that Shirley MacLaine is in negotiations to make an appearance at the festival, which would bring the female film legend count to an incredible two.
The Cinema Arts Festival will be held Nov. 10-14 at Houston Visitors Center, Discovery Green, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rice Media Center and Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24. The event is the only festival in the United States devoted solely to films by and about visual, performing and literary artists.