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 Fowler, Gena Landry, Tom Landry, and Maria and Hunter Sullivan — got 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
- 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.