More star power — with an iconic local connection — has been added to the second annual Cinema Arts Festival Houston.
Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine will attend a screening of the 1983 tearjerker Terms of Endearment, 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. MacLaine will receive the 2010 Texas Film Award, which honors a performer who has made “significant contributions to film in the Lone Star State.” She will also have an onstage conversation with Houston-based film critic Joe Leydon.
Terms of Endearment features scenes shot throughout the River Oaks and Heights neighborhoods and inside Brennan’s restaurant. MacLaine earned the best actress award for her portrayal of Aurora Greenway, and the film also picked up Oscars for best picture and best direction.
MacLaine is currently in Texas again, filming Bernie with director Richard Linklater in Austin.
Other new additions to the lineup include:
This State I’m In: A 20th anniversary presentation of Robert Ziebell’s whimsical experiment, which includes appearances by several Texas notables, including Walter Hopps, the Menil’s founding director; MFAH Film Curator Marian Luntz and socialite Carolyn Farb. Ziebell will also participate in a panel discussion.
Texas Filmmakers Showcase: A series of short films and videos, each under 40 minutes.
Texas Film at the Visitors Center: A look at upcoming projects from Texas filmmakers at the Visitors Center inside City Hall. All programs are free to the public. Among the series is Stitched, a quirky look inside the world of competitive quilting, directed and co-produced by Houston Chronicle business writer Jenalia Moreno; and Alex Luster’s Stick 'Em Up, which explores the world of wheat pasting (a posterized form of street art).
Previously announced events include Thunder Soul, a tribute to Conrad “Prof” Johnson and the Kashmere High School Stage Band; and An Evening With Isabella Rosselini.
The Cinema Arts Festival Houston happens Nov. 10-14 all over the city. The complete program will be released and tickets will go on sale at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more, go to cinemartsociety.org.