As a Lifestylist®, there is nothing I enjoy more than hanging out with creative people and spending hours talking about a great film or an amazing experience. Every year the USA Film Festival allows me to meet amazing actors, artists, and people who appreciate great art, and it's an event I make sure that I'm always in Dallas for. Even when I was living in Tucson I made a point of coming back to Dallas every year to attend so I could emerse myself in the experience that makes this festival so special.
One of the reasons I love The USA Film Festival so much is because they seem to know what I'll like to watch even before I do. It's a wonderful blend of everything from student films to classics, and they have honored such amazing guests as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Martin Sheen, Ray Liotta, Gary Oldman, Robert Altman, Oliver Stone, Jody Foster, Glen Close... the list is so long I don't even know where to start. Plus being a member has given me the opportunity to have life changing conversations with filmmakers like Tim Hetherington about his film Restrepo. I'll never have this opportunity again because he was killed shortly after that.
Favorite memories? Getting to pick up Arthur Novell, the publicist for Henson Productions at the airport. He was easy to find - he had a leather jack on with Kermit embroidered on the back. Racing go carts with Gary Oldman and beating him! He was a great sport and I think he really enjoyed it. Having an in-depth conversation with Anthony Hopkins about factory built housing (did I mention that I'm also a Trailer Diva?) and I'd also have to say spending time with Octavia Spencer and Tate Taylor discussing The Help. Oh - and did I mention getting a huge hug from Tony Curtis? THAT is a memory I will never forget!
I have a feeling this will be another year of great memories - when I received the schedule there truly wasn't one film that I didn't want to see. As a Lifestylist® who does a lot of home design, "The Queen of Versailles" on opening night looks fascinating and is at the top of my list. Peter Ford: A Little Prince looks amazing, and the tributes to Elliott Gould and Rob Reiner will be unforgettable.