2019 Lone Star Film Festival Gala Honors Tim Blake Nelson and Waylon Payne

Tim Blake Nelson

2019 Lone Star Film Festival Gala Honors Tim Blake Nelson and Waylon Payne

Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) has officially announced The 2019 Annual Gala honorees, featuring critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director Tim Blake Nelson as this year’s Bill Paxton Achievement in Film Award.

The award will be presented at the 13th Annual Lone Star Film Festival Gala on Nov. 14, 2019, and recognizes artists who have distinguished themselves over time by the quality of their work and continue to excite audiences with their risk-taking craft throughout their careers.

Lone Star Film Festival attendees will also have the unique opportunity to experience a special screening of Just Mercy, which will not be nationally released until Dec. 25, 2019, as well as the classic O Brother, Where Art Thou? Screening dates and times to be announced.

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Tim Blake Nelson has worked with legendary filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Terrence Malick, and the Coen Brothers, who cast Tim in his now-iconic, breakthrough role in 1997’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? Nelson’s performance in Just Mercy has been called “riveting” “shocking” “sterling” and “flawless” for his supporting role as Ralph Meyers, a convicted felon in an Alabama state prison who has a pivotal role in the heart-breaking and inspiring true story of activist Bryan Stevenson’s career.

“We are thrilled to honor Mr. Nelson at the 13th Annual Lone Star Film Festival Gala. Throughout his esteemed career, Nelson has continued to thrill audiences with his authentic and incredible performances. The Bill Paxton Achievement in Film Award is dedicated to celebrating filmmakers like Nelson and we look forward to presenting it to him in November,” LSFF Executive Director Chad Mathews said in a news release.

GRAMMY-nominated country music artist Waylon Payne will receive the Stephen Bruton Award, which celebrates exceptional artists whose careers, although anchored in music, includes artistic expression in film. Payne will be presented The Stephen Bruton Award by GRAMMY Award-winning musician Lee Ann Womack and Amy Nelson, the acclaimed singer-songwriter and daughter of famed Willie Nelson.

Payne is recognized for his artistic contribution in Golden Globe winner Walk the Line (2005) in which he played pioneer of rock n’ roll, Jerry Lee Lewis.

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This year will also include the presentation of the special Chairman Emeritus Recognition award honoring Steve Murrin, long-time friend of Fort Worth film advocate and Lone Star Film Society Co-Founder Johnny Langdon, founder of River Ranch Stockyards, and a co-owner of Billy Bob’s Texas, for his long time support and celebration of the Lone Star Film Society.

The Lone Star Film Festival runs Nov. 13-17, 2019.

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Event Details:

12th Annual Lone Star Festival Gala

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.

The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel – Grand Ballroom

200 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Lone Star Film Festival:

November 13-17, 2019

Screenings held at AMC Palace 9 + Events held at ALOFT Hotel Downtown Fort Worth and The Worthington Renaissance.

Purchase All-Access Badges: https://www.goelevent.com/LSFF/Pass/Sale

2019 Line-up: https://www.lonestarfilmfestival.com/2019-lsff-films