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2018

THURSDAY, April 19 (Opening Night):

6pm: APOLLO 13

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage, putting the lives of the astronauts on board in jeopardy.

FRIDAY, April 20:

10 am: LAST MAN CLUB

A WWII veteran destined for life in a retirement home escapes his difficult family situation and embarks on a cross-country adventure to find the last remaining members of his B-17 bomber crew with the help of a beautiful accomplice.

Q&A following with actor Barry Corbin.

12pm: THE GROVE, TEXAS (Documentary)

In 1972, Moody Anderson bought a ghost town and brought it back to life. Nearly four decades later, Moody faces the heart-wrenching task of dismantling and selling his collection of Americana artifacts used in hundreds of films, from LONESOME DOVE, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, to the remake of TRUE GRIT.

Q&A following with filmmakers Lori Najvar and Jeffrey Brown.

2pm: THE SHOOTIST

John Wayne’s final film, in which he plays a legendary dying gunfighter who spends his final days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.

Q&A Following with Anita LaCava Swift, John Wayne’s first grandchild.

4pm: MY ALL AMERICAN

Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading the Texas Longhorns to a championship season.

6:30pm: Dinner served in VIP Tent (VIP Passes Required)

8:30pm: RADNEY FOSTER Concert

SATURDAY, April 21:

10 am: Walk of Fame Dedications (Jim Bynum, Dale Evans, Mike O’Daniel)

Ceremony will begin at 114 W. Main in front of Happy’s Furniture for Mike O’Daniel’s star, then will move to 101 S. College for the dedications for Jim Bynum and Dale Evans.

Following the “Walk of Fame” dedications Saturday, “Cowboy Bob Todd” will be featured at the Ellis County Museum at 11:00 with his guitar and harmonica as he sings and recites his rendition of cowboy songs and poems. Also his CD, “Full Circle” will be on sale with all proceeds going to benefit the Ellis County Museum.

12pm: HONKY TONK HEAVEN (Documentary)

This documentary film tells the story of the legendary Broken Spoke, a dance hall located in Austin, Texas. Owners James and Anetta White have kept the Texas dance tradition alive for 50 years despite major changes taking place all around them. Seen through the eyes of the White family, musicians who perform there, and dance hall patrons, the film documents the day to day struggle to keep the Spoke alive.

Q&A following with filmmakers Brenda Green Mitchell, Jenny Holm, and Jeffrey Brown.

2pm: APPALOOSA

Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the film’s release.

Q&A following with screenwriter Robert Knott.

5pm: EVERY NIGHT’S A SATURDAY NIGHT (Documentary)

The life and times of Slaton, Texas native Bobby Keys, decades-long Sax player with The Rolling Stones, best friend to Keith Richards, and session player with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Dr. John, Joe Cocker, Harry Nilsson, Ian McLagan, Keith Moon, Etta James, Ronnie Wood, Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, Joe Ely, Warren Zevon, Billy Preston, Donovan, Marvin Gaye, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, John Hiatt, Yoko Ono and B.B. King.

Q&A following with filmmakers Jeffrey Brown, Scott Putnam, and Jeff Stacy.

6:30pm: Dinner served in VIP Tent (VIP Passes Required)

8:30pm: SPECIAL ACOUSTIC SONG SWAP WITH JOE ELY, JACK INGRAM AND WALT WILKINS

SUNDAY, April 22:

10am-1pm Sendoff Brunch (VIP Passes Required), Webb Gallery, 209 W. Franklin

All festival events will be held at the Chautauqua Auditorium, 400 S. Grand Avenue, unless otherwise specified.