The Duke’s legacy continues to live on through the annual John Wayne Film Festival, which makes its Dallas debut April 24th-27th at LOOK Cinemas. The fest previously was held in the small town of Snyder, Texas, lying about halfway between Lubbock and Abilene. The festival’s organizer, writer/actor/director Barry Tubb, is moving the event to grow the festival, and raise more money for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Wayne died of stomach cancer in 1979.
There’s no word yet on what movies will be shown, but reports indicate there should be at least a dozen films. Wayne was a leading man from 1930 through 1976, so there’s no shortage of material from which to choose. The festival is also sure to include celebrities and special guests. Past participants who have attend this exciting week of classic cinema… author Larry McMurtry; Dean Smith, the legendary actor’s co-star in Rio Lobo; and Marisa Wayne, his youngest daughter.
Founded in 1985, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation was created in honor of Wayne after his family used his name to continue his fight against cancer. They fund innovative programs that save lives and improve cancer patient outcomes including research, education, awareness, and support. The John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) in Santa Monica, CA continues to provide annual funding that supports JWCI’s world class cancer research.
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) public charity based in Newport Beach, CA. It might be time to head to this year’s John Wayne Film Festival in 2014 to support this ideal cause.
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