The Houston Film Critics Society has selected its initial slate of nominees for the first ever Texas Independent Film Award.
As part of the Society’s mission statement to encourage and highlight the achievements of the local film community, HFCS members voted early in 2011 to add the Texas Independent Film Award to its slate of awards for the groups annual presentation of awards honoring the best in film of the year.
Unlike any other film honored by the HFCS for 2011, the Texas Independent Film Award was designed specifically to highlight Texas film. Only films majorly financed and filmed in Texas are eligible.
This year’s inaugural slate includes a wide array of genres and styles, from documentary to horror to variety comedy. After combing through a variety of nominees, the HFCS is pleased to announce its initial nominees for the Texas Independent Film Award.
• Deadbeat TV Vol. 2, Invisible Studios – Steven W. Katz, director & producer
• The Great American Moon Rock Caper, Tick Tick Bang Productions – Travis Ammons, director; Travis Ammons, Richard Boyd, Wes Linnenbank, Michael Muscal, Marlene Sarres, producers
• Jacob, Odyssee Pictures – Larry Wade Carrell, director; Larry Wade Carell, Stacy Davidson, producers
• Puncture, Millennium Entertainment – Adam & Mark Kassen, directors & producers
• Stick ‘Em Up, Shoot. Edit. Sleep. – Alex Luster, director; Mario Figueroa, Tony Reyes, producers
The award, to be announced live at the 5th Annual HFCS Awards Show at the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Brown Auditorium on January 7, 2012 is the first time a Texas critics group has honored a locally financed and produced film. The announcement will come as part of the HFCS’ annual event honoring the best in film for the year as well as a special Lifetime Achievement Award for Jeff Bridges and a Humanitarian Award for Joanne King Herring.
Founded in 2007, the Houston Film Critics Society is a not-for-profit organization of 26 print, broadcast and Internet film critics based in the Greater Metropolitan Houston area. Its membership includes critics not only from all of the major Houston-area outlets but also from national publications and websites and respected Hollywood trade publications.