Linklater & Hawke

Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater

to receive inaugural 
Larry McMurtry Award  

at the Lone Star Film Festival Gala 

The Lone Star Film Festival Gala will take place in-person on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  Hawke and Linklater will be honored with an award named after iconic Texas novelist and screenwriter, Larry McMurtry, who passed away in March.

“We are proud to announce that two of Texas’ most famous living filmmakers, Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke, will be feted for their contributions to American cinema at this year’s Lone Star Gala,” notes Lone Star Film Society Board Chair Red Sanders. 


Hawke, who was contacted by phone remarked, “When I first met Rick, I remember him saying, ‘I’m inviting you to be a filmmaker with me. My whole life I’ve gone to the movies and there’s espionage and shootouts and helicopters... But my own life feels pretty exciting to me and I’ve never been involved in a chase or a shootout… And what’s the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me? Connecting with another human being…If we can put that on screen I think people will care.’ That’s what Rick and I have always tried to do in the films we’ve made together. I’m excited to come to Fort Worth with him and talk about making movies!”


“Hawke and Linklater have collaborated on eight truly ground-breaking films over the past quarter-century (and for which they have been nominated for a total of seven Academy Awards,” said Lone Star Film Society Executive Director Chad Mathews.  “Their Texas roots and sensibility are an inspiration to the young aspiring filmmakers that we nurture each year in Fort Worth.  Incorporating Larry McMurty’s spirit into the evening’s conversation promises to be extraordinary.”


Past Lone Star Film Festival honorees include Billy Bob Thornton, Jeff Bridges, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell, Betty Buckley, Martin Sheen, Willie Nelson, Jeff Nichols, Cybil Shephard, and Paul Schrader.


Wolfgang Puck Catering, recognized for its inventive cuisine and refined service, will provide cocktails and dinner.  Individual seats list at $500 each, with 10-seat table options ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. 

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