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Billy Bob Thornton Project Jayne Mansfield's Car to Open 2012 Lone Star Film Festival
Billy Bob Thornton Project Jayne Mansfield's Car to Open 2012 Lone Star Film Festival    | Jayne Mansfield's Car, Billy Bob Thornton, Bibbly Bob, Sundance Square,

Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon in Jayne Mansfield's Car.

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—The Lone Star Film Society announced Jayne Mansfield’s Car, written, directed and starring Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton, as the opening night film for the 2012 Lone Star Film Festival, Nov. 7 -11 in Sundance Square, Fort Worth.

Set in 1969 Alabama, Jayne Mansfield’s Car is a family drama that touches on intergenerational conflict, mortality and the culture clash between two families – one American and one British – brought together by the death of a loved one.

In addition to Thornton, the film’s cast includes fellow Oscar winners Robert Duvall and John Hurt, Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Frances O’Connor and Ray Stevenson.

“This film is Mr. Thornton’s first as a director in 10 years, which makes it a perfect opening night selection for the Lone Star Film Festival, where he will also be honored for his storied career as an actor,” said Alec Jhangiani, director of the Lone Star Film Society, in a prepared statement. “It gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate the multiple facets of his talent. That it is a Southern family drama with an outstanding ensemble cast makes it even more fitting for our festival and sure-fire fan favorite.”

While in Fort Worth to support his film at the festival, Thornton also will accept the Lone StarFilm Society’s highest honor, the Achievement in Film Award.

He will join fellow LSFS Achievement in Film honoree Albert S. Ruddy, Academy Award-winning producer of The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby, and music legend Billy Joe Shaver, recipient of the Stephen Bruton Award, at the Lone Star Film Festival Ball on Thursday, November 8 at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom.

Past recipients of the LSFS Achievement in Film Award include Jeff Bridges, Sidney Lumet, Martin Sheen, Bill Paxton and Gregory Peck. The Stephen Bruton Award, which celebrates exceptional artists whose careers, though anchored in music, include artistic expression in film, has been bestowed upon Kris Kristofferson, T Bone Burnett and Willie Nelson.