The 11th annual Lone Star Film Festival runs Wednesday-Sunday in downtown Fort Worth.
This year’s big names? Actress Cybill Shepherd, who will receive the Bill Paxton Achievement in Film Acting Award at the annual ball, which kicks off the festival at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bass Hall. Another big name: musician Terry Allen, who will honored with the Stephen Bruton Award. Allen will perform with Lloyd Maines and Joe Ely.
The film screenings begin Thursday at the AMC Palace Theater and Four Day Weekend Theater. Individual screening tickets, which are sold in advance and at the door, are $10. An all-access badge, which does not include entry to the festival ball, is $300.
For more details, including a full schedule of Lone Star film fest screenings, activities and panels, visit http://www.lonestarfilmfestival.com.
Here are five films to consider adding to your must-see list:
1. “I Hate the Man in My Basement”: This movie’s synopsis (“After his wife's death, Claude struggles to appear normal while living with a secret”) sounds pretty genre-standard. But then you realize it comes from Dustin Cook, who likens his writing-directing style to Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and you begin to expect the unexpected. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, AMC Palace
2. “Martini Ranch: Reach”: Sure, you should check out “Traveller,” one of Paxton’s most-respected movies, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Four Day Weekend Theater.
Get there on time, though, because it will preceded by the music video for “Reach” by Martini Ranch, Paxton’s late-’80s new-wave band. Directed by frequent Paxton collaborator James Cameron, the seven-minute-plus short looks like what might have happened if spaghetti-Western master Sergio Leone directed a video for a Devo-influenced band.
It has loads of cameos: Look quick for Adrian Pasdar, Judge Reinhold, Paul Reiser, Bud Cort and Lance Henriksen and for Cameron’s then-wife, director Kathryn Bigelow (who directed Paxton in “Near Dark”) as the posse leader. (Other Paxton fest films include “Frailty’ and “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” both of which he directed; “Tattoo,” a 2011 Paxton-directed short featuring Powers Boothe, another Texas-born actor who died this year; and “Tombstone,” the 1993 hit about the events leading up to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral).
3. “Every Night’s a Saturday Night”: Born in Lubbock, sax player Bobby Keys is probably best-known for his work with the Rolling Stones — that’s his sax solo on “Brown Sugar,” and that just scratches the surface of his decades-long work with the band — but he worked with lots of others, including Buddy Holly and Fort Worth’s King Curtis. He was also a well-known partier, as you might imagine about anyone Keith Richards called one of his best friends. The documentary includes a raft of notables: Richards, of course, and fellow Stones Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, as well as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, former Stone Mick Taylor, Texas musician Joe Ely and more. 8:15 p.m. Saturday, AMC Palace.
4. “An American in Texas”: More Paxton — but this time it’s Bill’s son, James, who is one of the stars of this fact-based story about lifelong friends and punk-rockers trying to escape from small-town Texas and get to Los Angeles in the early ’90s as much of the rest of the country is focused on Operation Desert Storm. Director Anthony Pedone, writer Stephen Floyd and James Paxton will be in attendance. 10:30 p.m. Friday, AMC Palace
5. “Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town”: If nothing else, the closing-night film has a memorable title, and a Hollywood Reporter review from its Los Angeles Film Festival screening makes it sound like a cross between Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours” and Richard Linklater’s “Slacker” filtered through the L.A. punk-rock world and some hyperactive direction. Why is Izzy trying to get the … heck across town? To crash her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party. But she has many misadventures along the way. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Four Day Weekend Theater