Texas Film Awards Draw Star-Studded Cast to Austin’s Red Carpet
As the unofficial kick-off to SXSW, the Texas Film Awards always draws a cool mix of filmmakers, actors, social stalwarts and community leaders. Benefiting the Austin Film Society, the awards honor Texans who have made an impact on the world of film…and films that have made an impact on Texas.
Last Thursday, the red carpet saw industry A-lister’s like Johnny Depp (escorting girlfriend and honoree Amber Heard), Priscilla Presley, Danny McBride, director David Gordon Green and singer Mac Davis. They were joined by Dallas native and the night’s emcee, Luke Wilson, who did a great job moving the evening along. The event raised more than $580,000 to fund the Austin Film Society’s artistic and educational programming such as the Austin Film Society Grant (formerly the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund) that funds Texas filmmakers.
No doubt the big tally was due in part to the support of local film biz heavy-hitters like Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez . Also spotted in the star-studded crowd were Bobbi and Mort Topfer, 2015 Texas Film Awards Co-Chair Armando Zambrano, Carla and Jack McDonald, Michael Barnes and Kip Keller, Eloise and John Paul DeJoria, and Jennifer Carnes. -KS
The Three-Part TRIBEZA Music Series Kicks-Off SXSW at Billy Reid
TRIBEZA launched their first music series this SXSW with a Southern Social featuring Chris Denny and Dan Dyer in the secret side room of Billy Reid. Part dreamy living room space, part speakeasy (the entrance to the concert space is around back of the store), the party locale is the perfect place for intimate performances. If you missed the Southern Social, TRIBEZA will host two more music-centric parties over the next two weeks.
This Thursday indulge yourself at the hottest, new Austin bar Garage. Live at the Garage includes dinner drink and the sultry sounds of Tameca Jones with special accompaniment from trumpet player Ephraim Owens of Mumford and Sons.
On March 20th, third and final party – The Getdown – also serves as TRIBEZA’s 13th birthday party with music by Dale Watson hosted at the Getaway Motor Club. -LVJ
Willie Nelson Drops in at the Supermensch Film After Party
A few steps away from the madness of SXSW, the vibe at Threadgills was authentic Austin for the after party of film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. The documentary featured talent manager Shep Gordon and was actor Mike Myers’ directorial debut.
Ray Benson and Lukas Nelson were the scheduled performers for the night, but the rumor was that Willie Nelson would join in on the fun. For anyone looking for confirmation, Willie’s famed guitar Trigger sat perfectly on stage as the party began. Once he appeared the crowd rushed the stage with a sea of cameras and phones. The musician seemed a little taken aback by all the technology in front of him.
The rest of the party was more relaxed, with home-style bites for the restaurant, drinks coined with names like the “Red Headed Stranger” and crowds sitting around the fire pit listening to country tunes.
We kept an eye out for director Mike Myers. Other guests spotted in the crowd included the film’s star Shep Gordon, Olga Campos and Kevin Benz, Ross and Erin Bennett, Andy Langer, and Kristen Chin. -LVJ