John Wayne Film Festival announces lineup

Posted 5:59pm on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the John Wayne Film Festival’s moving to Dallas after three years in the West Texas town of Snyder. Now we have a lineup (although not a full schedule), announced Wednesday night during a kickoff party at LOOK Cinemas, where the festival will take place April 24-27.

The fest will feature nearly a dozen of the Duke’s movies, including The Searchers , The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance , The Quiet Man , Rio Bravo , True Grit , The Alamo , Big Jake , Hondo , In Harm’s Way , The Comancheros and The Green Berets.

Wayne family members Ethan Wayne, Marisa Wayne, Melinda Wayne-Munoz and Anita Swift were at the kickoff party, which featured a screening of The Shootist, John Wayne’s last movie, released in 1976. Film festival chairpeople Anne and Steve Stodghill, and Dave Hale Smith, hosted the kickoff party.

The film festival will begin April 24 with an opening night reception and screening, followed by a concert by Fort Worth’s Pat Green. Dallas’ Hunter Sullivan will perform on closing night.

Question-and-answer sessions will follow the final screening on each night of the festival; additional guests are TBA. Wayne died of cancer in 1979, and proceeds from the fest will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

On April 13, the Dallas Film Society will present the Dallas Star Award to the Wayne family during the Dallas International Film Festival. A Q&A and a screening of Stagecoach will follow.

Ticket sales and prices are TBA. For information, visit or follow John Wayne Cancer Foundation on Facebook.

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