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Robert Duvall’s Charities Recognized By Washington West

Every year Washington West gives away 100% of its box office income for a noble and befitting non-profit organization and this year the 2015 Annual Box Office charitable project will go to Robert Duvall Children’s Fund (RDCF). A short documentary will brief the project that will be showcased in the next year’s festival. Speaking on this co-founder of RDCF Luciana Duvall said that it is rare that film festival donates 100% of their proceeds to a nonprofit organization. She continued that it showed the magnanimity of Washington West Film Festival. She continued that it is an honor that RDCF has been chosen for the cause. The festival provides a platform to showcase their story of resilience.

Speaking of the services rendered by RDCF, the founder and president of the Washington West Film Festival, Brad Russell said that the charity plays a pivotal role in transforming the lives of children and families of those in poverty, poor education and illness. The details of the project will be revealed during the Opening Night of the festival. Washington West Film Festival will be heading into its 5th year and will showcase more than 40 films from across the world at different venues that include the Wolf Trap Foundation for the performing arts, The National Press Club, George Mason University, Loudoun County, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, the Angelika Film Center and more. The tickets were on sale since September.

The note from Washington West explains that the proceeds for the 2015 event will go to RDCF except for a red carpet screening of Back to the Future that will be screened on October 25, 2015 evening. The proceeds from this film will go to Michael J Fox Foundation dedicated for Parkinson’s Research. Washington West takes a special interest in addressing issues related to poverty, education, displacement or disease.

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Lonesome Dove Opens To Full House

Lonesome Dove, popular miniseries that had Robert Duvall in the role of Captain Augustus had a great reunion on March 31 at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards River Ranch, and the event was to packed houses. The series talks about two Texas rangers who are on 2,500 miles cattle drive from the Rio Grande to Montana. It is based on a book by Larry McMurtry.

This event will mark the 25th anniversary of Lonesome Dove miniseries. Despite the event being announced less than a month, the response was awesome informed Romana Kelly, Wittliff Collections and Texas State University in San Marco. She is the development director. Within two week’s time of ticket sales 87 tables were sold, each table has ten seats. The ticket sales were so fast that there was a waiting list, and the possibility of shifting to a new venue was ruled out.

Moreover, the venue was committed, and no other place was suitable for the event. The reason for selecting the venue was its Western Motif. Kelly said that the event organizers were simply flowed by the location. The highlight of the event is that it will bring on the center stage cast and crew of the series that includes Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones among others. The event organizers have decided to share the benefits of the event with Wittliff Tomorrow Fund and Wittliff Collections that pioneers in educational, creative and archival apart from furthering the region’s cultural history through photographic and literary arts at the Texas state University.

The event includes museum exhibition, the screen of miniseries at the Sundance Square Plaza for two nights, discussion with the cast of the series and symposium. There is also an exhibition of costumes, photographs, props and properties used in the series that were loaned from the production house. These are permanently owned by Wittliff Collections.

The public can take part in the activities, but they have to purchase tickets for certain events. For some events, the tickets are free and will be sold at the venue of the event informs Kelly. There are events planned for the Cattle Raisers Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Fort Worth Library, Sid Richardson Museum, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and Texas Christian University.