FORT WORTH Texas singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, whose blend of country, rock, and Western swing has made him one of the Lone Star state's most iconic musical exports, will receive the Stephen Bruton Award at this year's Lone Star Film Festival.
Lovett is expected to attend the festival which runs Nov. 6-10. Previous recipients of the honor reserved for Texas musicians include T Bone Burnett, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Kris Kristofferson. The award is named for the late Fort Worth guitarist Stephen Bruton who collaborated with Burnett on the Crazy Heart soundtrack.
"As a musician with a highly original sound, Lyle Lovett has long had a relationship with cinema," says Lone Star's director Alec Jhangiani in an e-mail. "His songs have been included in 30 films and he has appeared as an actor in eight, including most recently as Griffin in Tim McCanlies Christmas story Angels Sing, which premiered at this year's SXSW Film Festival. We're absolutely thrilled to have him as the 5th recipient of the Stephen Bruton Award."
Meanwhile, Moviemaker Magazine, a publication covering independent film, has named Lone Star Film Festival and the Oak Cliff Film Festival as two of the top 25 film fests "worth the entry fee" worldwide. They are ranked right along with Austin's Fantastic Fest, the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Houston's under-the-radar Worldfest is grouped in the runner-up 25-50 bunch while The Dallas International Film Festival is nowhere to be found.
The Lone Star Film Festival takes place at the AMC Palace theater in Sundance Square.