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The Dallas Film Society to Honor Isabella Rossellini at The Art of Film

DALLAS (TBD, 2015) – The Dallas Film Society is thrilled to honor Isabella Rossellini at the 6th annual The Art of Film gala on Friday, November 20, 2015. In an effort to celebrate talent within the film community, the prominent Dallas fundraising event has recognized some of the biggest names in film including Robert Duvall, John Lithgow, Val Kilmer, Lee Daniels, and Marisa Tomei. Proceeds from the evening are directed to the year-round programming of the Dallas Film Society, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and more specifically the 10th annual Dallas International Film Festival and the 2016 DFS Summer Film Camp in 2015, presented by SMU – Division of Film & Media Arts.

The Art of Film offers an opportunity for film lovers to gather for an elegant dinner and enjoy a moderated conversation with the very talented Isabella Rossellini who has left her mark in film, television, theater, writing, and directing. The event will be hosted at The Space on Oak Lawn in Dallas. An exciting addition to this year’s event will be a display of at least 20 works of art by Andy Warhol, courtesy of Christie’s in partnership with The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Andy Warhol worked across a wide range of media, including film, which makes The Art of Film an ideal occasion to also recognize his many talents. Ms. Rossellini has in fact even been a subject of Mr. Warhol’s talents. 

Rossellini made an unforgettable impression on Hollywood with her leading role in BLUE VELVET for which she received an Independent Spirit Award® for Best Female Lead. Rossellini also received a Golden Globe® nomination for her performance in the television film CRIME OF THE CENTURY, and an Emmy Award® nomination for her guest appearance in the television series CHICAGO HOPE. Her additional film credits include WILD AT HEART; DEATH BECOMES HER; BIG NIGHT; INFAMOUS; TWO LOVERS; and ENEMY.

Since 2009, Rossellini has written, directed, and starred in a series of 40 short films about animals titled GREEN PORNO which airs on the Sundance Channel. Following a positive reception and worldwide popularity, Rossellini embarked on an international tour of her hilarious one-woman show which she continues to perform around the world. Rossellini’s latest project is the theatrical performance of TRIBUTE TO INGRID BERGMAN. The show premiered in London on September 6, 2015 and has since been seen in New York, Paris, and Rome. The performance celebrates the centenary of Rossellini’s mother, Ingrid Bergman, and integrates her autobiography and correspondence. Rossellini can also be seen on the silver screen in David O. Russell’s JOY, set for release on December 25, 2015. Rossellini will appear opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper.

“Isabella Rossellini has established a remarkable acting career in Hollywood and on television and we look forward to celebrating her many accomplishments,” said James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas Film Society. “Ms. Rossellini will certainly provide guests with an entertaining evening and will do the Dallas Film Society a great honor when she accepts the Dallas Star Award.”

Emmy Award® winning journalist Gary Cogill will serve as guest moderator for the evening. Cogill is a highly sought after speaker in Texas and his extensive interviewing experience ensures the conversation will be filled with enjoyable and compelling dialogue.

The Art of Film is supported by Stacy Girard and Jerry Rasansky, on board as Event Chairs. “The Dallas Film Society has shown unwavering passion for the film and arts scene in Dallas,” said Stacy Girard, Executive Editor of D Home and D Weddings Magazines. “We have long admired the work of this organization and we’re thrilled to be a part of an event which attracts incredible talent such as Isabella Rossellini,” continued Jerry Rasansky, Dallas attorney and businessman. “We look forward to celebrating Isabella and her incredible career.”

This year’s Honorary Chairs are widely recognized Film Industry leaders Barbara and Stan Levenson. Their careers as Public Relations and Advertising trailblazers in Dallas span more than 45 years, many of which have been dedicated to the arts, community service, and support for education. Barbara and Stan’s passion for advancing the love film all over the southwest was evident in the promotion of thousands of films through their Agency, Levenson & Hill, partnering with studios from Hollywood to Dallas.

Individual tickets from $500 are available for purchase, and underwriting opportunities are available from $5,000. The Art of Film begins with red carpet arrivals at 6:30PM, the reception at 7:00PM, the conversation at 8:00PM and the seated dinner at 9:00PM. Additional information regarding The Art of Film can be found on Dallas Film Society’s website, Contact the Dallas film society at or call 214.720.0555 for more information.