The October 15th 2009 show featured our very own Gordon K. Smith and improv comedian Mark Fickert (ably filling in as a last minute stand-by), as they took us through more movie memories and trivia from films produced in the Dallas area throughout the years. Of course, the evening’s program consisted of rarely seen – and deservedly so – pieces of film and video folly from the worlds of feature films, commercials, industrials, cable access and even some locally produced television programming.
This year “Curse,” as we have come to call it, took a departure from previous shows by exhibiting examples of excellence, too – noteworthy productions made in and around Dallas, covering feature films, television programming, music videos, documentaries and/or corporate films. Over the years, we’ve gotten a lot of laughs poking fun at some of the “spectaculars” that have been made here, so it’s now time to also grant recognition of some of the first-rate productions that have come from this area, as well.
Actor Glenn Morshower (24, Transformers), a native of Dallas, was on hand to recall his first feature 1976’s “Drive-In” and introduced fellow cast members Gary Lee Cavagnaro and Lisa Lemole who were also in attendance.
Additionally, the DPA Film Pioneer Award was presented to two highly deserving individuals who put their personal stamps on the Dallas film industry over the years:“Brownie” Brownrigg (posthumously) and Howard Fisher, a founding member of the DPA. Previous awardees have included Joe Camp, Larry Buchanan, Bruce Jamieson, Bill Stokes, Johnny Beasley, Rod Keitz and Larry Herndon.
Another important feature of the show is the It Came From Dallas raffle, where each year, prizes representing thousands of dollars in value have been given away.Each year, the prizes and have gotten bigger and better and this year was no exception! Thanks to all teh businesses who donated prizes for the raffle.
Pre-show musical entertainment was provided by theraminist and sawyer Robert Froehner.
For those of you who have attended any or all of the first four shows, you know it’s a fun-filled evening and an opportunity to rub elbows with all sorts of folks from the industry. Of critical importance, however, the proceeds from donations and sponsorships also enable the Dallas Producers Association to continue to be a major contributor to the Texas Motion Picture Alliance (http://www.txmpa.org). The statewide organization recently capped off a second successful campaign during which the state legislature passed new legislation that enhances the incentives program already in place for the entire moving image industry. Of course, results like this would not have occurred without significant financial support from the industry, itself. And in the end, that’s what “It Came From Dallas!” is all about.
Here are links to PR for 2009’s It Came From Dallas event:
Bob Dauber – Chair & Executive Producer
Russ Jolly – Producer
Brandon Jones – Producer
Don Stokes – Producer
Gordon K. Smith – Film Historian/Show Editor
Martha Duncan – Event Coordinator
Niki Nicastro McCuistion – Prize Coordinator
Kelly J. Kitchens – Publicist
Josh Hurst – Graphic Design
Will Raymond – Sponsor Sales
Dutchie Reid – Sponsor Sales
Bill Looney/Liquid Logixx – Poster Art Design
Doc Strange Images – Event Photographer
DPA Pioneer Awards furnished by MPS Studios
Program & poster printing by Einstein Printing
Large Poster printing by Adventure Graphics
Meeting facilities provided by MediaTech