This year marks the fourth annual Lone Star International Film Festival, a five-day event held in Fort Worth, Texas. Thousands of film enthusiasts are treated to screenings of feature films, short films, animated films, foreign films and documentaries. While big name celebrities were plentiful at the debut of the festival, they’ve gotten harder to come by in subsequent years. Bone Burnett and Jeff Bridges made a stop at this year’s event. His film, Crazy Horse, was one of the features. Others involved in filmmaking were also a part of the discussion events, such as directors Dan Rush and Scott Cooper.
While documentaries have always been a strong suit of the festival, this year had many prime spots given to the documentary. The opening piece was Marwencol, a documentary about a man coping with tragedy by building a scale model of a WWII Belgian town. This is a film that has won many awards at virtually every festival shown. Other documentaries looked at the different elements of filmmaking. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, by Craig McCall was a feature on the opening night and was part of a mini-theme of documentaries focusing on the varied elements of filmmaking.
A number of selected shorts such as Delmer Builds a Machine, Successful Alcoholics, Photograph of Jesus and Mi Amigo Invisible were screened in blocks. These films ranged from funny to serious to frightening. Animated children’s films were also highlighted. Parties, award ceremonies and comedy performances helped to fill in the event. Music performances are also a part of the festival. The final performance featured Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.
Overall, around 10,000 people enjoyed the camaraderie of other film enthusiasts. Films of all different genres received accolades and found followers. There was an excited vibe as visitors had opportunities to have their questions answered at discussion panels and see their favorite films receive awards. It seems the fourth annual Lone Star Film Festival was a success.