The Austin Film Society announced today that filmmaker and animator Mike Judge (“King of the Hill,” “Office Space,” “Silicon Valley,” being awesome) will serve as the Master of Ceremonies at this year’s Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards.
Judge will also be presenting an award to the family of the late actor Christopher Evan Welch, who played the Asperger’s-ish venture capitalist Peter Gregory brilliantly on “Silicon Valley.” The character actor, who died of lung cancer in 2013 at the age of 48, was raised in Dallas and studied acting at the University of Dallas and elsewhere.
Additionally, Judge will present an award to friend, collaborator and honoree Luke Wilson, whom he directed in “Idiocracy.” The film also starred Dax Shepherd and Maya Rudolph, and was shot at the Austin Film Society’s Austin Studios.
Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will present an award to “Honorary Texan” Guillermo del Toro. Rodriguez and del Toro became friends during del Toro’s time in Austin in the late 90s and early 2000s. Rodriguez is the founder of Troublemaker Studios and the cable TV channel, El Rey Network.
Bill Wittliff, writer and executive producer of “Lonesome Dove,” and writer of “The Black Stallion, “The Perfect Storm” and “Legends of the Fall” will present the HEB Legend award to Tommy Lee Jones. The two worked together on Lonesome Dove.
Austin Chronicle editor and SXSW co-founder Louis Black will team up with del Toro to present the posthumous award to their late friend, writer, actor and producer L.M. Kit Carson. Carson was a fixture of the Texas film scene.
Actress Jess Weixler, co-star of the hit TV show “The Good Wife” will present to producer and Dallas native Bonnie Curtis. The two worked together recently on “The Face of Love” in which Weixler co-starred alongside Annette Bening and Ed Harris.
Grammy award winner Adrian Quesada (of bands Spanish Gold and Brownout) and his band of Texan all-stars – including award-winning composer and pianist Peter Stopchinski – will perform at the awards ceremony, with Adrian Ruiz on trumpet and Grupo Fantasma’s Greg Gonzalez, Mark Gonzalez and John Speice on bass, trombone and drums.
Elijah Wood and Zach Cowie’s “Paradise Garage” DJ group Wooden Wisdom and DJ Mahealani will DJ the official after-party.