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Famous family joins Dallas cinephiles to kick off John Wayne Film Festival

Famous family joins Dallas cinephiles to kick off John Wayne Film Fest

Anne Stodghill, Melinda Wayne-Munoz, Steve Stodghill, Anita Swift, Ethan Wayne, Marisa Wayne, David Hale Smith
Anne Stodghill, Melinda Wayne-Munoz, Steve Stodghill, Anita Swift, Ethan Wayne, Marisa Wayne, David Hale Smith  Photo by Shana Anderson
Kathy Flaming, Jon Flaming, Marisa Wayne, john wayne film festival
Kathy Flaming, Jon Flaming, Marisa Wayne Photo by Shana Anderson
Scott Ginsburg, Gina Ginsburg, john wayne film festival kick off
Scott Ginsburg, Gina Ginsburg Photo by Shana Anderson
Gena Landry, Tom Landry Jr, john wayne film festival kickoff
Gena Landry, Tom Landry Jr. Photo by Shana Anderson
Debra Nelson, Leslie Ann Crozier, John Wayne Film Festival kick off party
Debra Nelson, Leslie Ann Crozier Photo by Shana Anderson
Kara Peterson, Randall Goss, John Wayne Film Festival Kick off
Kara Peterson, Randall Goss Photo by Shana Anderson
Hunter Sullivan, Maria Sullivan, John Wayne Film Festival Kick off
Hunter Sullivan, Maria Sullivan  Photo by Shana Anderson
Anne Stodghill, Melinda Wayne-Munoz, Steve Stodghill, Anita Swift, Ethan Wayne, Marisa Wayne, David Hale Smith
Kathy Flaming, Jon Flaming, Marisa Wayne, john wayne film festival
Scott Ginsburg, Gina Ginsburg, john wayne film festival kick off
Gena Landry, Tom Landry Jr, john wayne film festival kickoff
Debra Nelson, Leslie Ann Crozier, John Wayne Film Festival kick off party
Kara Peterson, Randall Goss, John Wayne Film Festival Kick off
Hunter Sullivan, Maria Sullivan, John Wayne Film Festival Kick off

The John Wayne Film Festival held its official kick-off party at Look Cinemas, and everyone in attendance was buzzing about this exciting opportunity that awaits Dallas in April.

Event chairs Anne and Steve Stodghill and David Hale Smith wasted no time thanking attendees, including a special shout out to members of the Wayne family — including Ethan Wayne, Marisa Wayne, Melinda Wayne-Munoz and Anita Swift — who made the trip to Dallas. 

Film-loving guests including Leslie Light, Sheri FowlerGena Landry, Tom Landry, and Maria and Hunter Sullivangot a peek at this year’s event lineup, along with an exclusive screening of The Shootist.

The four-day festival kicks off on Thursday, April 24, with an opening-night reception and screening at Look Cinemas, followed by a concert by Texas native Pat Green. On Friday, April 25, the festivities continue with four screenings followed by a Texas gala and auction.

On April 26, the final four screenings take place, followed by a closing-night party with Hunter Sullivan. Participants can look forward to question-and-answer sessions after the final screening on each day of the festival.

Films to be shown during festival include the following:

  • Big Jake
  • Hondo
  • In Harm's Way
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Alamo
  • The Comancheros
  • The Green Berets
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
  • The Quiet Man
  • The Searchers
  • True Grit

In addition, on Sunday, April 13, the Dallas Film Society presents the Dallas Star Award to the John Wayne Family during the Dallas International Film Festival. Attendees can chat with the Wayne Family during a Q&A session, which is followed by a screening of Stagecoach.

All proceeds from the John Wayne Film Festival benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Suggested attire for the festival is boots and jeans. Event information, including sponsorship, can be found on the foundation website