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Traditionally, the Dallas Film Society’s ART OF FILM event takes place in the Fall of any given year. However, this year, the event served as a precursor to the 11th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival with a tie-in to the Opening Night Gala 50th Anniversary screening of BONNIE AND CLYDE. Three-time Academy Award winner Robert Benton was the guest of honor with one of the film’s iconic stars, Faye Dunaway (due to be feted the very next night) in attendance to celebrate with Benton as he received the Dallas Star Award and discussed his incredible writing and filmmaking career.

Lee Papert (President and CEO, Dallas Film Society) and Sarah Papert (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Lee Papert (President and CEO, Dallas Film Society) and Sarah Papert (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Gary Cogill and Haley Cogill, Art of Film Host Committee. Gary also served as the moderator of the discussion with Robert Benton, with his usual aplomb. (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Gary Cogill and Haley Cogill, Art of Film Host Committee. Gary also served as the moderator of the discussion with Robert Benton, with his usual aplomb. (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Scott Eustace (DFS Board Member) and Michelle Castro (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Scott Eustace (DFS Board Member) and Michelle Castro (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Ann Beyer (ALONE AT THE POOL) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Ann Beyer (ALONE AT THE POOL) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Justina Walford (Artistic Director of the Women Texas Film Festival) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Justina Walford (Artistic Director of the Women Texas Film Festival) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Sheri Deterling (Art of Film Host Committee) and Edwin Harris (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Sheri Deterling (Art of Film Host Committee) and Edwin Harris (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Paul Coggins and Regina Montoya, Event chairs (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Paul Coggins and Regina Montoya, Event chairs (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Don Stokes and Deborah Stokes, Art of Film Host Committee (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Don Stokes and Deborah Stokes, Art of Film Host Committee (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Justin D. Hilliard (Dallas Film Commission) and Arianne Martin (DRIVE ANGRY)

Justin D. Hilliard (Dallas Film Commission) and Arianne Martin (DRIVE ANGRY)

 

Janis Burklund, Dallas Film Commissioner, Art of Film Host Committee (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Janis Burklund, Dallas Film Commissioner, Art of Film Host Committee (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Arianne Martin (DRIVE ANGRY) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Arianne Martin (DRIVE ANGRY) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Judy Coats and Sam Coats, Art of Film Host Committee (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Judy Coats and Sam Coats, Art of Film Host Committee (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Barry Phillips, Producer of Wishbone on PBS (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Barry Phillips, Art Director of Wishbone on PBS (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Dallas Comedy House's Amanda Austin and Maggie Rieith Austin (Executive Producer, Dallas Comedy Festival) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Dallas Comedy House’s Amanda Austin and Maggie Rieith Austin (Executive Producer, Dallas Comedy Festival) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Dan McGowan and Rebecca Flores (Art of Film Host Committee) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Dan McGowan and Rebecca Flores (Art of Film Host Committee) (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Mary Hatcher and Bradley Hatcher, Art of Film Host Committee (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Mary Hatcher and Bradley Hatcher, Art of Film Host Committee (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Faye Dunaway (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Faye Dunaway (Photo by Steve Duffy)

 

Robert Benton (Photo by Steve Duffy)

Robert Benton (Photo by Steve Duffy)