The USA Film Festival is a 41-year-old Dallas-based non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts. Year-round events include KidFilm; Dallas ™ only official Oscar Night America program; monthly screenings; special programs and premieres; and the USA Film Festival, held each spring. Throughout the year, the Festival presents a variety of membership, exhibition, educational, and cultural programs designed to bring together film enthusiasts and filmmakers for a live cinema experience.
She Is Dallas info: The USA Film Festival will take place April 27 – May 1, 2011 at the Angelika Film Centers, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. Tickets for all programs $10. Advance tickets will be available through Ticketmaster beginning April 15 by calling 214-631-2787. Tickets are available by TELEPHONE ONLY at Ticketmaster. For more information, please call 214-821-6300 or visit the USA Film Festival website.
The USA Film Festival announces the April 27th Opening Night programs for the 41st Annual USA Film Festival.
REMEMBERING CARY GRANT AN EVENING WITH JENNIFER GRANT – Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00pm
On-stage conversation with Jennifer Grant, book-signing and 55th Anniversary screening of TO CATCH A THIEF (1956)
How the sweeping vistas of the Riviera pale next to the sight of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly falling in love in this sprightly heist movie. Grant stars as reformed cat-burglar John Robie, who comes out of retirement when a new jewel thief goes to work using his signature style of thievery. Kelly plays Frances, a proper debutante who discovers that larceny is an aphrodisiac “ a theme Hitchcock would pursue more explicitly in Marnie “ and tests Robie's resolve by throwing herself, and her priceless jewels, at him. With glorious costume design by Edith Head, a hilarious supporting turn by Jessie Royce Landis as Kelly's mother (she would play Grant's mother in Hitchcock's North by Northwest four years later) and unforgettable fireworks (both literal and figurative), To Catch a Thief remains one of the most charming and exciting films from the
Master of Suspense. 106 mins. The program will be hosted by historian and author Foster Hirsch.
Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant – Good Stuff is an enchanting portrait of the profound and loving relationship between a daughter and her
father, who just happens to be one of America's most iconic male movie stars. Jennifer Grant was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in history. Her first acting role was in Aaron Spelling's Beverly Hills, 90210, and she later appeared in Friends, Super Dave, and CSI, as well as several feature films. She lives with her son, Cary Benjamin, in Beverly Hills. Complimentary copies of Jennifer Grant’s book, Good Stuff, will be distributed (limited supply).
THE PERFECT HOST – Opening Night, Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30pm
Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce) is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30pm. John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) is a career criminal. He's just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick's doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who's been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we discover just how deceiving appearances can be. Co-writer/director Nick Tomnay's dark-hearted comedy/drama is full of outrageous moments and suspenseful twists. Audiences may never look at David Hyde Pierce the same way again after seeing this slippery psychological thriller that reveals just how far we're willing to go to satisfy our needs. Also featuring Nathaniel Parker, Helen Reddy, Megahn Perry, Joseph Will and Tyrees Allen. 93 mins. David Hyde Pierce in attendance.
DAVID HYDE PIERCE
Emmy and Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce made his professional and Broadway debut in 1982 as the waiter in Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy. He went on to create roles in the off-Broadway productions of Mark O ™Donnell's That's it Folks!, Richard Greenberg's The Author's Voice and The Maderati, Harry Kondoleon's Zero Positive and Jules Feiffer's Elliot Loves before returning to Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles. In 2005 he originated the role of Sir Robin in the Broadway production of Monty Python's Spamalot for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. In 2007 he won the Tony Award and earned another Drama Desk Award nomination for his role as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in the musical comedy Curtains, before going on to appear in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival of the 1930's comedy Accent on Youth, and most recently, in the acclaimed London and Broadway production of David Hirson's La Bete. In addition to his work in new plays, Mr. Pierce has also appeared in numerous repertory theater across the country. Mr. Pierce's film credits include Bright Lights, Big City, Crossing Delancey, Little Man Tate, Sleepless in Seattle, Wolf, Nixon, Isn't She Great, Wet, Hot, American Summer, Full Frontal, Down With Love, A Bug's Life, Osmosis Jones, Treasure Planet and The Perfect Host. His television credits include Norman Lear's political satire The Powers That Be and Frasier, for which he earned four Emmy Awards and the American Comedy, Television Critics, Viewers for Quality Television and Screen Actors Guild Awards.