Stars Align at the 2015 DIFF Opening Night
The 11-day 2015 Dallas International Film Festival kicked off with an Opening Night celebration presented by U.S. Risk with support from Downtown Dallas Inc. and Mary Kay. The festivities began with the first red carpet event at the historical Majestic Theatre in Downtown Dallas, followed by the screening of I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, a candid yet heartfelt drama about an aging married couple directed by Brett Haley.
Haley attended the festivities along with the film’s star Blythe Danner and producers Rebecca Green, Laura Smith and Mary Crosland. Danner and the filmmakers all participated in a Q&A moderated by Bobbie Wygant immediately following the screening before heading over the the Opening Night After Party. Other special guests and DIFF VIPs were also in attendance.
Before the screening, Blythe Danner was presented with her 2015 Dallas Star Award, and both she and the filmmakers participated in a Q&A moderated by Bobbie Wygant immediately following the screening.
Danner plays the part of Carol Petersen, a retired school teacher and widow who lives a quiet, routine life until a series of unexpected events and chance encounters turn her world upside down and a new Carol emerges. She tries speed dating, befriends the 30-something pool cleaner (Martin Starr), reignites a love for singing and begins dating a handsome gravely voiced retiree named Bill (Sam Elliot), who might just be the coolest man on the planet.
“I love the understatement of the film,” said Danner. “We were stripped of everything that was non essential”.
“I am inspired by films of the 70s and films by John Cassavetes and how he said we don’t have to play by the rules. I strive for honesty and truthfulness,” Haley said when asked about what influenced the story he co-wrote with Marc Basch, and described as “a film about ups and downs.”
I’ll See You In My Dreams will open in theaters on May 15th, but you can catch another screening of it Friday, April 10 at 4:30pm during the Festival.
Until then, here’s a look at the film’s trailer:
DALLAS STAR AWARDS
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).
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.
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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