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AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES SECOND ROUND OF  2017 TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME HONOREES, SHIRLEY MACLAINE AND PRODUCER SARAH GREEN

COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES FEBRUARY 1, 2017 | 11:00AM PT
COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES
FEBRUARY 1, 2017 | 11:00AM PT

The film TERMS OF ENDEARMENT to receive the Star of Texas Award Shirley MacLaine to receive Lifetime Achievement Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame

AUSTIN, TX (February 1, 2017) — The Austin Film Society (AFS) made its final announcement today of the full line-up of honorees for the 2017 Texas Film Hall of Fame, scheduled for March 9 at Austin Studios. Legendary American actress Shirley MacLaine, whose work spans some of the most beloved masterpieces of American film, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. She will also accept the Star of Texas Award for the Texas classic TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, for which she won an Academy Award® for Best Actress in 1983.  Academy Award®-nominated producer Sarah Green, whose celebrated Texas-made films include Terrence Malick’s SONG TO SONG and THE TREE OF LIFE, will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. MacLaine and Green will join the previously announced 2017 honorees, including directors Jeff Nichols and Hector Galán, and Rising Star honoree Tye Sheridan.

Richard Linklater, the Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society, commented: “Shirley MacLaine is one of the world’s most important living actors. It’s incredible to think that she’s given groundbreaking performances in seven different decades. Her embodiment of Larry McMurtry’s Aurora Greenway in both TERMS OF ENDEARMENT and THE EVENING STAR introduced the world to a fearless and determined Texas woman, a character with a spirit of independence and self-reliance that resonated richly with Texans. She has left her mark on our regional cinema, and we’re honored to celebrate this legacy at the Texas Film Awards.”

Austin Film Society CEO Rebecca Campbell spoke about the vast impact producer Sarah Green has had on the Texas film community, and commented: “Sarah Green’s work with Texas-based directors has fundamentally altered the Texas film landscape. The films she’s made here with Jeff Nichols and Terrence Malick are artistically ambitious and critically celebrated on the world’s stage.” Added Campbell, “Sarah has left her mark with the creation of these films, and in the eyes of AFS, her impact will build for generations thanks to her mentoring of dozens of emerging filmmakers who are becoming forces in the industry in their own right.”

Announcements about award presenters, and other special guests to appear at the event, are forthcoming.

Tickets to attend the 2017 Texas Film Awards, March 9, are on sale now and can be purchased by emailing texasfilmawards@austinfilm.org or by going online towww.austinfilm.org/texasfilmawards.  All proceeds from the event benefit the artistic and educational programs of the Austin Film Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Shirley MacLaine’s illustrious career comprises more than 50 feature films highlighted by an Academy Award® win and six nominations, six Emmy® Award nominations, seven Golden Globe® Awards—including the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement—and 10 international best-selling books. MacLaine was honored with the prestigious American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in June of 2012.  In the Fall of 2011, she received France’s most prestigious cultural award, the Legion of Honor, presented by France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Frederic Mitterrand, at the French Cinematheque.

MacLaine’s career encompasses legendary films by some of the world’s greatest filmmakers, including Vincente Minnelli’s SOME CAME RUNNING, Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT and IRMA LA DOUCE, Alfred Hitchcock’s THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, Mike Nichols’ POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and James L Brooks’ TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, which earned her the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress.

MacLaine’s recent credits include WILD OATS, co-starring Jessica Lange and Demi Moore and THE LAST WORD, co-starring Amanda Seyfried. She recently starred in ELSA & FRED (2014) alongside Christopher Plummer and BERNIE (2011) with Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, and appeared in Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). Her recent television appearances include season five of the Golden Globe Award-winning series Glee, where she played performer June Dolloway, and season three of the Primetime Emmy® Award-winning series from Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, starring Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern, and the Lifetime made-for-TV movie Coco Chanel, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe® and SAG Award®.

Producer Sarah Green works closely with Austin based writer/directors Jeff Nichols and Terrence Malick.  Currently in theaters is Nichols’ multiple award-winning LOVING, with Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga and Michael Shannon, which premiered in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.  She produced Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL with Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard, released in March 2016 by Warner Bros; and MUD, with Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. MUD was the highest-grossing independent release during the summer of 2013. Green was Executive Producer on Nichols’ award-winning TAKE SHELTER, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.

Malick’s SONG TO SONG premieres opening night at SXSW 2017 and in theatres one week later; it represents Sarah Green’s sixth collaboration with Terrence Malick.  Earlier pictures include THE NEW WORLD starring Colin Farrell and Christian Bale, the Best Picture Academy Award®-nominated THE TREE OF LIFE starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain (winner: Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or), TO THE WONDER with Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, KNIGHT OF CUPS with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, and VOYAGE OF TIME: The IMAX Experience.

Green produced the Academy Award®-winning FRIDA, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek, and DIRTY DANCING: HAVANA NIGHTS starring Diego Luna. She also produced GIRLFIGHT, which won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival, shared the Grand Jury Prize and won Best Director for Karyn Kusama at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as multiple awards for then-newcomer Michelle Rodriguez.

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT is a 1982 film, directed by James L. Brooks and adapted from a novel by Texas writer Larry McMurtry, about the turbulent lives and times of a single mother and her daughter, played by Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger. This story of two fiercely individualistic and self-reliant Texas women was ahead of its time, garnered five Academy Awards, and features unforgettable turns from Jack Nicholson, John Lithgow, Danny DeVito and Jeff Daniels. A true Texas classic, the film will be honored with the Star of Texas award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame at the 2017 Texas Film Awards.

The 2017 Texas Film Awards is chaired by Austinites Lesya Milam and Suzanne Court.

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