DCFIO, Texas Theatre to Host Events with Oscar-Winning Cinematographer

The Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office is offering A Weekend with Sir Roger Deakins in June. The two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer will be in Dallas June 8 – 11, for book signings, film screenings and Q&As, supported and hosted by the Texas Theatre.

The Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office will present a series of events in June featuring two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Sir Roger A. Deakins.

The DCFIO said that Deakins, along with his longtime collaborator and wife, James Deakins, will be in Dallas June 8 – 11, and will participate in public events including a book signing, film screenings and Q&A, supported and hosted by the Texas Theatre. There also will be private workshops with the Dallas chapter of Women in Film and Southern Methodist University’s film program.

“We’re thrilled to bring Roger and James Deakins to Dallas and have the opportunity to showcase the destination to one of the best cinematographers in the world,” DFCIO Commissioner Tony Armer said in a statement. “Their work has inspired countless filmmakers and film enthusiasts, and we’re excited to provide an opportunity for our community to learn from and engage with these two legends.”

‘The gold standard for cinematography’

Roger Deakins is regarded as one of the most talented and influential cinematographers of all time, DCFIO said.

Over the course of his career, Deakins has received numerous awards and nominations, including 16 Academy Award nominations and two wins. Deakins won the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography for Blade Runner 2049 in 2017 and followed that up with another win for the film 1917 in 2019.

A few of his other nominations include Sicario, Skyfall, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, and The Shawshank Redemption.

“The Texas Theatre is thrilled to support the DFCIO and be one of the host venues for this event. It will be an honor to have Roger and James as guests at our theater,” Texas Theatre Partner Ashton Campbell said in a statement. “We love bringing in filmmakers to support their work, but this one is on another level. Roger is the gold standard for cinematography, so this is still a bit surreal!”

Deakins’ book, Byways, includes previously unpublished black-and-white stills from his personal collection that reflect his life of telling stories through images, from 1971 to the present.

He captured some of these images while traveling with his wife, James, while others are things that caught his eye on a walk or catching the last of the light at the end of a day’s filming on projects like Sicario, Skyfall, and 1917.

A Weekend with Roger Deakins

DFCIO offers two events with Deakins (June 8 and 11), plus screenings of some of his top films, all at Texas Theatre, 231 Jefferson Blvd., Dallas:

  • June 8: a book signing at 3 p.m. followed by a Q&A with Roger & James Deakins, and, at 7:30 p.m. a screening of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). 
  • June 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Screening of Sicario (2015)
  • June 10 at 4 p.m.: Screening of No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • June 11 at 5 p.m.: Screening of Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and a Q&A with Roger & James Deakins

Tickets for June 8 are $70, which includes a copy of Byways and admission to the film screening and Q&A session. Books will also be available for sale onsite for $55 each. Tickets for the other screenings start at $13.

More information and tickets are available at Texas Theatre’s website.

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