The locally produced Texas Independent film - “Beyond the Farthest Star” starring Renee O’Connor, Barry Corbin and Todd Terry is HELD OVER IN THEATERS!
On Friday night October 18th, the film debuted with the stars Renee O’Connor, Todd Terry, Barry Corbin, Cherami Leigh along with Writer/Director Andrew Librizzi and Executive Producer Benjamin Dane in attendance. With the overwhelming response of opening night and the weekend ticket sales, the film is held over in the Dallas Area!
The film continues to play in the Cinemark West Plano and the Greenville Majestic Theaters!
More than a decade after her iconic role on ‘Xena,’ Texan Renee O’Connor plays in a contemporary story about family that hits home
If you were a lesbian in the 1990s, it’s virtually certain that you remember actress Renee O’Connor. She played Gabrielle, the ass-kicker with a heart of gold and trusty sidekick of Xena (Lucy Lawless), the title character in the cult television show Xena: Warrior Princess. Since then, she’s started her own production company (ROC), played various roles in movies and plays, been divorced, re-married and had two children. She’s also written and directed films.
But, of course, for our purposes, let’s begin with what’s important: She’s a Texan.
You might not know that from Xena. Born in Houston and raised in Katy, O’Connor moved to New Zealand, where Xena was filmed, in the mid-‘90s, and she notes the experience distilled both the good and bad of growing up in the Lone Star State.
“The expansiveness of the country … I remember growing up and everyone said Texas is its own country,” she says. “I never quite saw the irony of that statement until much, much later, especially when I lived overseas for such a long time, during a very pivotal time, the 1990s. To be brutally honest, there were times I lived overseas that I was kind of unwilling to say I was from Texas.”
She got over it (more on that in a bit), and it’s a good thing, too, as O’Connor returned home to take on a primary role in the indie film Beyond the Farthest Star, a feature filmed entirely in Texas. The faith-based movie’s plot revolves around a preacher who must choose between his family and fame as a TV evangelist. O’Connor plays Maureen, the preacher’s wife.
Dallas-area residents will have a chance to be the first to preview a faith-based film shot locally and starring big names from the Lone Star State Friday night, as Cinemark West Plano will show a preliminary screening of "Beyond the Farthest Star," a film confronting the hardships of growing up and raising a family. The locally written, produced and filmed movie will be showing at the theater, located at 3800 Dallas Parkway. Showings are also available at theaters in Southlake and Greenville. Written and directed by Andrew Librizzi, "Star" is rated PG-13 and features Renee O'Connor ("Xena," "Ark," Boogeyman 2), Todd Terry ("Breaking Bad," "Arlington Road") and Barry Corbin ("No Country for Old Men," "Anger Management").
Local Film Opens At Three Dallas Area Cinemas This Weekend
The Texas independent feature, “Beyond The Farthest Star” opens at the West Plano Cinemark, Southlake Harkins and the Greenville Majestic this Friday, Oct. 18th. Stars will be attending three showings with a kick-off red carpet opening at the West Plano Cinemark at 7:45P. The film has inspired critical praise, a novel and a painting by late “Painter of Light,” Thomas Kinkade. Attending the showings are Renee O’Connor, Todd Terry, Barry Corbin, Cherami Leigh, Writer/Director Andrew Librizzi and Producer Benjamin Dane.
Dallas, Texas – October 16, 2013– www.BeyondTheFarthestStar.com -Pathlight Entertainment’s feature film, “Beyond The Farthest Star” announces its Dallas opening in cinemas with a red carpet showing and cast. Produced locally in Fannin, Hunt and Dallas counties, the film used an innovative online reservation system in securing the three theaters. The ambitious film has also collected impressive reviews from critics, published a novel with Zondervan/HarperCollins and inspired one of the last paintings by the late Thomas Kinkade.
"This has been a three-year effort and a lot of hard work. It is a compelling film and now we are opening in our hometown next to blockbuster films like “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips”, says executive producer Benjamin Dane
Friday night October 18th, media is welcome to attend the red carpet event for coverage with star and filmmaker interview access; starting at 6:45P. The event will be held at the West Plano Cinemark prior to the 7:45P showing. Stars Renee O’Connor, Todd Terry, Cherami Leigh along with Writer/Director Andrew Librizzi and Executive Producer Benjamin Dane will be in attendance. Barry Corbin will be attending the 9:20P Friday showing at the Southlake Harkins Theater.
The “Beyond The Farthest Star” cast includes international star Renee O’Connor ("Xena", "Ark", "Boogeyman 2"), Todd Terry (“Breaking Bad”, “Arlington Road”, “Fissure”), Barry Corbin (“No Country for Old Men”, “Anger Management”, “War Games”), William McNamara (“Copycat”, “Chasers”, “The Legend of Hell’s Gate”), Andrew Prine (“The Miracle Worker”, “Gettysburg”, “The Dukes of Hazzard”) and Cherami Leigh (“Temple Grandlin”, “Fast Food Nation”).
Dallas represents the premier opening of the film. If the opening is successful this weekend, the film may open across the country in 2014.
“Star” is helmed by writer/director, Andrew Librizzi ("Holding On", "Still Born"), executive produced by Benjamin Dane ("The Significant Other", "Still Born") and produced by Sally Helppie ("Exit Speed", "The Beacon").
Richard Propes, The Independent Critic says, "Beyond The Farthest Star is that rare film with the courage to speak a harsh and authentic truth while never losing sight of its grander truth." Although Pastor Adam Wells is revered as "the Next Billy Graham" of the sleepy Texas town, circumstances are forcing him to choose between church superstardom and his fractured family.
This is a new video and it clears up some confusion that was out there as to exactly which of the 9 theaters showing BTFS Renee will be appearing this coming weekend. It's a confirmation now that they know which theaters will be showing the film.
If the film does well at those 9 theaters on opening weekend, it will increase the chances of it expanding to other cities so in the video Renee is also encouraging people to buy tickets for all of the other showings as well as the ones she will be appearing..
According to the official Facebook page, the deadline to reserve tickets on seatzy.com for the film's opening weekend, including the Grapeville/Southlake cinema late Friday evening showing where Renee will be appearing with the other stars of the film has been extended until Thursday, October 10.
There is an article in the Herald Banner about Beyond the Farthest Star and the upcoming showing of it in Greenville, TX and other local areas near Dallas, TX.
GREENVILLE — Hunt and Fannin County residents will get a chance this October to see their cities like they never have before: on the silver screen.
“Beyond the Farthest Star,” a movie written and directed by Andrew Librizzi and starring Cherami Leigh, Renee O’Connor and Todd Terry, was shot in Dallas, Hunt and Fannin counties.
Through Seatzy.com, “Beyond the Farthest Star” has a chance to be show at Majestic 12 in Greenville. According to producer Ben Robinson, individuals can register to purchase tickets online at Seatzy.com/Star, and once 500 tickets have been registered, the film will be shown at Majestic 12.
Here is an article with another new photo from the October edition of San Pedro Today magazine.
About Renee it says...
The workload lightened a bit this year for Mrkich when she brought Renee O’Connor on board.
The duo says the goal of this year’s festival is to “provide a service to the community by attracting new visitors to San Pedro, and exposing them to films they may otherwise not see.”
O’Connor, a director, producer and actress best known for her role as Gabrielle in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, is facilitating the filmmakers for various panels. She says the panels will include information on producing small and large budget independent films.
“I am passionate about helping fellow filmmakers,” she says. “These panels will allow for future filmmakers to be in the same room as current filmmakers — it’s oftentimes hard to get into the industry, and this will provide an opportunity for people to share their experience of how they did it.”
The San Pedro International Film Festival is featuring screenings at the historic Warner Grand Theatre, as well as new outdoor screenings, pop-up screenings and a special screening aboard the newest addition to San Pedro, the historic Navy battleship, the U.S.S. Iowa.