The Wittliff Collections announces its first-ever festival in January of 2021.

The Wittliff Collections will host its festival debut on January 9, 2021, in Austin, Texas, with a one-day event celebrating the unbridled imagination of Texas, Mexico, and the Southwest.

The Wittliff Collections Festival will feature a full day of panels at the W Austin Hotel with writers, photographers, filmmakers, and singer/songwriters followed by a star-studded gala at ACL Live at the Moody Theater (310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701) showcasing intimate performances by musical legend Ray Benson. All proceeds from the festival will be used to acquire important collections that preserve the culture of the Southwest. For more information on The Wittliff Collections Festival, see here, as well as this video. For ticketing info, see here or call 512-245-5154.

The festival will honor legendary screenwriter, filmmaker, photographer and writer Bill Wittliff, who passed away on June 9, 2019, by celebrating his vision and creative spirit.

“The Wittliff Collections Festival next January will be a time for us to celebrate Bill and Sally Wittliff’s incredible vision and their guardianship of the creative heartbeat of Texas, Mexico, and the Southwest,” said Wittliff Collections Director Dr. David L. Coleman. “The festival will also honor the writers, photographers, filmmakers, and singer/songwriters whose voices breathe life into what we call the Southwest’s ‘Spirit of Place.’ Plus – it’ll be one heck of a good time.”

Panels for The Wittliff Collections Festival include “The Writer’s Voice” with moderator John Spong, featuring renowned novelists Lawrence Wright, Stephen Harrigan, Sarah Bird, and Elizabeth Crook; “The Photographer’s Voice” with moderator David L. Coleman, featuring internationally acclaimed Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide as well as Kate Breakey, Keith Carter and Connie Todd; “The Filmmaker’s Voice: Behind the Scenes with Lonesome Dove,” featuring Emmy®-winning costume designer Van Broughton Ramsey, Emmy®-nominated set designer Cary White, and property master Eric A. Williams, all of whom played a central role in the authenticity of the Lonesome Dove miniseries, as well as actor Barry Tubb, who portrayed Jasper Fant in Lonesome Dove; and “The Singer/Songwriter’s Voice” with moderator Joe Nick Patoski, featuring artists Terri Hendrix, Flaco Jimenez, Barbara Lynn, and Max Baca.

The Wittliff Collections Festival gala will treat attendees to an intimate acoustic performance by musical legend, Ray Benson. The gala will also include a live and silent auction with rare treasures from the Lonesome Dove miniseries.

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