Hollywood in Cowtown
Yellowstone's Taylor Sheridan to receive Lone Star Film Festival's highest honor at 2022 gala
Yellowstone and 1883 may have gotten snubbed by the Emmys, but creator Taylor Sheridan will receive one of Fort Worth's biggest creative awards in his hometown this fall. Sheridan will be the 2022 Larry McMurtry Award recipient at the Lone Star Film Festival Gala, taking place November 11 at Hotel Drover.
The award, presented by the Lone Star Film Festival and the Fort Worth Film Commission, honors native Texans who have made great contributions to the film, television, and creative industries. It is, of course, named after the iconic Texas novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, who died last year. The 2021 honorees were Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater; past recipients have included Jane Seymour, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jeff Bridges.
"It's an honor to be getting the Larry McMurtry Award in my hometown,” Sheridan says in a release. “I was such a fan of his work and being recognized in this way is for sure a thrill. I feel lucky to be able to tell the stories I love while also giving back to the community that has meant so much to me."
Sheridan is the brains behind the TV sensationYellowstone and its acclaimed prequel 1883 (plus forthcoming spinoffs 6666, 1923, and 1883: The Bass Reeves Story). He's also creator of the hit series of Mayor of Kingstown and Oscar-nominated writer of the film Hell or High Water.
Paramount Plus' highly rated 1883 was filmed in and around Fort Worth last year. It was a sensible choice for Sheridan, who went to Fort Worth's Paschal High School and lives with his wife, Nicole (a board member of the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame), on a Bosque Ranch in Weatherford. A couple of 1883 episodes were set in Fort Worth.
Sheridan also owns and operates the legendary 6666 Ranch, headquartered in Guthrie, Texas, which he purchased last year. The 6666 — previously owned by Fort Worth rancher, art collector, arts patron, and philanthropist Anne Marion — was featured in the last season of Yellowstone several times. Sheridan reportedly is working on another spinoff with the working title 6666.
Powered by the success of 1883 and Yellowstone, Fort Worth recently shot onto a prestigious list of top filmmaking cities for first time; the city landed at No. 25 on Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, an annual list compiled by Los Angeles-based publication MovieMaker.
“Taylor is changing the landscape of television and his contributions to the film industry in Texas will only continue to grow," says Jessica Christopherson, vice president of marketing and film commissioner for the Visit Fort Worth and the FWFC, in the release. “1883 employed hundreds of locals and contributed greatly to the local economy; we are so excited to honor Taylor at this year’s gala.”
The 2022 LSFF gala and festival are presented by Visit Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Film Commission. Community leader and board chair of the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Kit Moncrief, serves as chair of this year's gala.
“I am grateful to be a part of the Lone Star Film Festival Gala this year, especially as my dear friend, Taylor Sheridan, is being awarded with the Larry McMurtry Award," she says. "The festival provides a great opportunity to celebrate films and filmmakers from around the world and showcase all that Fort Worth has to offer.”
Gala tickets ($750) are on sale now, and tables start at $10,000. Proceeds of all sales go to the Johnny Langdon Film Education Initiative, which provides film education programs in greater Fort Worth.