Tributes heavy in USA Film Festival


NEW YORK -- The 37th annual USA Film Festival announced its full 31-feature lineup, a 50th anniversary salute to Janus Films and tributes to such disparate filmmakers as William Friedkin, Charles Busch, Henry Jaglom, Irwin Winkler and Bill Plympton.

The USA fest, which runs April 19-26 in Dallas, opens with salutes to Plympton, cinematographer Bill Butler and musician Delbert McClinton. Jay Curlee's McClinton docu, "Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey," will be shown at the same time as film-clip tributes to Plympton and Butler, including two of their recent films.

Cheryl Hines will appear during the fest to remember slain actress-director Adrienne Shelly and screen her final film, "Waitress." Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" will be shown for the tribute to Janus Films.

The three closing-night features are Winkler's Iraq War drama "Home of the Brave," Jaglom's film industry satire "Hollywood Dreams" and Yves Simoneau's American Indian-themed "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," starring August Schellenberg. Winkler, Jaglom and Schellenberg will appear and be feted at the fest.

Director Donald E. Westlake will be honored at a screening of his thriller "The Stepfather." The other two special tributes are for Friedkin (who will screen his suspense film "Bug") and Busch (appearing out of drag in his new directorial effort, "A Very Serious Person").