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Posted: 10:38 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Heard, Green head Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards 

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By Joe Gross

The Texas Film Hall of Fame announced Thursday that it will honor Amber Heard, David Gordon Green and Mac Davis and “From Dusk Till Dawn,” which will receive the Star of Texas award at the annual awards gala on March 6.

The event takes place Austin Studios, and proceeds benefit Austin Film Society grants and educational programs.

Austin native Amber Heard will receive this year’s Rising Star award.

Heard is perhaps best known for her roles in “Pineapple Express” and “Zombieland” and as Johnny Depp’s fiancé.

Her upcoming projects include the Secret Service thriller “Three Days to Kill” with Kevin Costner and the film adaptation of Martin Amis’ novel “London Fields” with Billy Bob Thornton.

Austin resident Green, who grew up in Richardson, is one of the most critically beloved directors of his generation and one who rarely does quite the same thing twice. He burst onto the scene in 2000 with the impressionistic “George Washington” and “All the Real Girls” in 2003. “Prince Avalanche” with Paul Rudd and “Joe,” starring Nicolas Cage, are his most recent feature films. But he is best known for the buddy stoner comedy “Pineapple Express.”

Green also co-produced the HBOP series "Eastbound and Down" and co-produced the animated FX series “Chozen,” both with longtime collaborator and North Carolina School for the Arts classmate Danny McBride, who will be presenting the award to Green

Country music singer-songwriter and Lubbock native Mac Davis is picking up the Soundtrack award. Davis penned such hits as “In the Ghetto” and the cultural staple “A Little Less Conversation” for Elvis Presley and had a strong solo career of his own. Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley will attend to present Davis with his award.

The Film Awards honors one of their own by giving Austin Film Society founding board member and Austin Chronicle, South by Southwest, and Film Awards co-founder Louis Black with a Lifetime Achievement award.

"Without Louis, there would be not be an AFS," Austin Film Society artistic director Holly Herrick said Thursday.

The Star of Texas award, presented each year to an iconic Texas film, will go to Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 horror/modern Western “From Dusk Till Dawn,” which starred George Clooney (when he was still doing that head-tilt thing), Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Salma Hayek as a totally excellent vampire. Rodriguez's El Rey network plans to debut a "From Dusk till Dawn" TV series in March.

Dallas native Luke Wilson is this year’s master of ceremonies.

The Film Society has disbursed more than $1.3 million  in grants. AFS director Rebecca Campbell noted that several directors who have films at Sundance this year have recieved AFS grants over the years, including "Hellion" director Kat Candler and the Zellner brothers, whose “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” is generating significant buzz.

The AFS will host an after-party, for which people not attending the awards can buy tickets. Gala tickets start at $500 and after-party tickets cost $50.

Joe Gross

About Joe Gross

Joe Gross writes about books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications.

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