DIFF 2015 Dallas Star Awards | 2015 Dallas International Film Festival—April 9-19

DIFF 2015 Dallas Star Awards

The Dallas Star Award honors individuals who have made important contributions to shaping the face of modern cinema and the advancement of the art of film.


John LandisWith more than 40 years of working in the industry, award-winning filmmaker John Landis has made a lasting impression on the film world. After working his way up from the mailroom at 20th Century Fox, Landis made his feature debut with the horror comedy SCHLOCK (1973), before directing his first box office hit, the critically acclaimed college comedy NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978). A master craftsman of the comedy genre, Landis went on to direct other quintessential cult comedies including THE BLUES BROTHERS (1978) and the horror comedy AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981), the latter of which helped to inspire Michael Jackson’s notorious Thriller music video, also directed by Landis.

Landis later branched out into television working as an executive producer and director on of the HBO comedy Dream On. More recently, he directed episodes of Psych, and the Emmy Award-winning series, Masters of Horror. In 2008, Landis received an Emmy for his documentary MR WARMTH: THE DON RICKLES PROJECT.

A special showing of the classic musical comedy THE BLUES BROTHERS will screen Saturday, April 18 at the Texas Theatre.

John Landis will accept his Dallas Star Award on April 17 at DFS Honors.

Emmy-winning and Golden Globe nominated actress Blythe Danner got her start as a theatre actress and won a Best Supporting Actress Tony for her Broadway debut role in Butterflies Are Free. She played Robert Duvall’s wife in THE GREAT SANTINI (1979) and starred in the film version of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (1986).

In recent years, Danner has received two Emmys for her role in the television drama Huff, and nominations for Will and Grace, and We Were the Mulvaneys. She starred opposite Robert De Niro in the hit comedy MEET THE PARENTS (2000), and its sequels MEET THE FOCKERS (2004) and LITTLE FOCKERS (2010). In 2012, Danner appeared in THE LUCKY ONE and HELLO I MUST BE GOING.

Blythe Danner will accept her Dallas Star Award on April 9 at the Opening Night Centerpiece Screening of her latest feature, I’ll SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS.

L. M. KIT CARSON (Posthumously)
L.M. Kit CarsonLone Star State legend and influential writer, actor and producer L.M. Kit Carson first gained recognition as the star of Jim McBride’s black-and-white parody film DAVID HOLZMAN’s DIARY (1968), one of the first mockumentaries ever made. Carson later co-wrote the screenplay for the remake of Jean-Luc Godard’s film BREATHLESS (1983), and co-wrote the Palme d’Or winning PARIS, TEXAS (1984).

As a tribute to the life and work of this true film frontiersman, The Dallas International Film Festival will screen BREATHLESS as a part of the Special Presentation program.

Carson’s son, actor Hunter Carson, will accept the Dallas Star Award for his father on April 17 at DFS Honors.




L.M. Kit Carson (Posthumously)
Lone Star State legend and influential writer, actor and producer Carson first gained recognition as creator of the mockumentary, DAVID HOLZMAN’s DIARY (1968), and co-wrote PARIS, TEXAS (1984).

Blythe Danner
Danner is well regarded for her roles in films such as MEET THE PARENTS and THE GREAT SANTINI. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress is alos know for her work on television shows such as Will & Grace and Huff.

John Landis
A director for more than 40 years, Landis' films include NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1980), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1978) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller
are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including, THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 & 22 JUMP STREET and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

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