DIFF 2013: Opening night carpet – Lee & Sarah Papert, Gracie Whitton, Kellan Lutz for JAVA HEAT, Sharni Vinson, and Conor & Rob Allyn

DIFF 2013: Opening night carpet – Lee & Sarah Papert, Gracie Whitton, Kellan Lutz for JAVA HEAT, Sharni Vinson, and Conor & Rob Allyn


The Dallas International Film Festival kicked things off on Thursday evening, April 4, at the new Look Cinemas location in Dallas, TX. The red carpet became the “pink carpet” thanks to sponsor Mary Kay, and actor Kellan Lutz showed up for the premiere of his new movie JAVA HEAT, directed by Conor Allyn and written by Rob Allyn (who were also in attendance). Dallas Film Society CEO Lee Papert and his wife Sarah were also on site, along with Kellan’s girlfriend Sharni Vinson (soon to be seen in Adam Wingard’s YOU’RE NEXT) and young Gracie Whitton (soon to be seen in SCARY MOVIE 5). The opening night extravaganza including showings of JAVA HEAT and KON-TIKI, and was heavily attended by enthusiastic Dallas film fans. Look Cinemas has created a fantastic spot in the DFW area for filmgoers to embrace their fandom. Check out our video from the red… I mean pink carpet, in which we talk to Lee and Sarah Papert, Gracie Whitton, Kellan Lutz, Sharni Vinson, and Conor and Rob Allyn. My thanks to Rachel Parker for shooting and editing this, and everyone at the Dallas Film Society for putting together another great event. The Dallas International Film Festival runs April 4-14, featuring over 175 films with filmmakers and stars in attendance.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.