Directors Jeff Nichols and Hector Galan are headed to the Texas Film Hall of Fame, the Austin Film Society (AFS) announced today.
Young actor Tye Sheridan was named Rising Star.
The honors will be presented at the 2017 Texas Film Awards on March 9, 2017, at Austin Studios.
The event serves as the unofficial kick-off for the South By Southwest Film Festival and Conference.
Nichols, who hails from Arkansas but makes Austin home, recently released the critically-acclaimed “Loving,” which will expand to a total of approximately 100 screens on Nov. 18. Nichols has lived in Texas for 12 years, during the making of all five of his feature films, including “Take Shelter,” “Mud” and “Midnight Special.”
Galan will be the first ever documentarian inducted into the Hall of Fame. A San Angelo native, Galan, an incredibly prolific filmmaker, has made 11 episodes for PBS’s “Frontline, contributed to the PBS series “The American Experience,” and made the groundbreaking PBS mini-series “Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement,” among many other films chronicling the Latino experience in all its forms. Hispanic Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential Hispanics and the Smithsonian Institute has screened a retrospective of his work in Washington, D.C.
Sheridan joins previous Rising Star winners such as Ethan Hawke, Owen Wilson and Robert Rodriguez. Sheridan made his film début at the age of 15 in Terrence Malick’s Palme D’Or winning “The Tree of Life.” He was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Actors To Watch. Sheridan can next be seen as the lead in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Austinite Ernie Cline’s best-selling dystopian science fiction adventure, “Ready Player One,” which is set to release in 2017. Most recently, Sheridan was seen as Cyclops in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
The Texas Film Awards raises funds for the Austin Film Society’s year-round, a 501(c)3 organization, for its artistic and educational programs.