2018 Special Guest, Mackenzie Astin
Mackenzie Astin has been appearing in television and film for more than 30 years. Remembered on occasion for a childhood role in the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life, he also lays claim to being what he calls, “A relative celebrity, meaning many of my relatives are celebrities.” The youngest son of actors John Astin and the late Patty Duke, and the younger brother of actor Sean Astin, Mackenzie considers himself grateful to have been afforded so many coat-tails on which to ride. Recent television credits include recurring roles on The Magicians, Scandal, Homeland, as well as guest appearances on Mad Men, Shameless, Castle, and Bones. A longtime proponent of and participant in independent film, Mackenzie has appeared in dozens of festival-circuit cinema, including but not limited to Dream for an Insomniac, The Zeros, Moments of Clarity, and Te Ata. Mackenzie is also an old friend of Durango’s own Shane “Shooter” Nelson, but really, really, hopes you won’t hold that agains him.
2017 Special Guest, Jim Belushi
The first thing you need to know about Jim Belushi is that he’s a performer. Not an actor, not a comedian, not a singer- but a performer. Which is pretty much all those things put together and multiplied by two or five or something.
The second thing you need to know- and this is in some ways more important than the first thing- is that he has absolutely no shame. None. Zip. Zero.
Add those two things together and you have a pretty good working definition of that most indescribable of qualities known as presence. And, as anyone who’s spent two minutes with the guy knows, Jim’s got it. Big time.
So here’s this guy, this presence, disregarding any and all warning signs and diving into life headfirst. From the live stages of Second City and “Saturday Night Live” to the soundstages of “About Last Night,” “K-9,” “Mr. Destiny,” “Return to Me,” and, most recently, starring in ABC TV’s breakout comedy series since 2002, “According to Jim,” he has taken everything life’s thrown at him and hit it out of the park. And, by the way, he’s been having a blast.
As our 2017 Special Guest, Jim will be appearing in concert at the Community Concert Hall on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with his band The Sacred Hearts. He will be interviewed by band mate, local John Rubano, following a special retrospective screening of his film About Last Night, also on Saturday, March 4th at the Animas City Theatre.
2016 Special Guest,
Photo by Spirit and Destiny/Robin Palmer
Everyone remembers Lindsay Wagner for her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the classic television series The Bionic Woman that earned her an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic series. But that is only one part of her illustrious and important career. Spanning five decades, Lindsay’s career began in feature films with Robert Wise’s Two People where she played a high fashioned model opposite Peter Fonda and then the beautiful daughter of Oscar winning hard-edged law professor John Houseman in the critically acclaimed legal film The Paper Chase.
Lindsay won a permanent place in the hearts of audiences all around the world and became one of the most popular actresses in international television and film. She has covered the landscape of television for decades.
Lindsay became known as the Queen of TV Movies, starring in over 40 films and tackling important subject matter including child molestation in Child’s Cry, Anti-Semitism in Evil In Clear River, domestic violence in Shattered Dreams, terrorism in The Taking of Flight 847, teen prostitution in Fighting for My Daughter, capital punishment in I Want to Live! and numerous other issues. At the same time, she still managed to partake in sensational ratings blockbuster miniseries like Scruples and To Be The Best among others. Lindsay’s feature film career found her starring opposite Anthony Quinn in High Risk, Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks, Denzel Washington in Ricochet and Richard Harris in Martin’s Day among others.
Lindsay is also a published author, having co-authored “The High Road to Health”, a best-selling vegetarian lifestyle cookbook and “Lindsay Wagner’s New Beauty: The Acupressure Facelift.”
Off screen Lindsay is passionate about the awakening of human potential. The study and sharing of holistic healing modalities, integrating mind, body and soul, is at the forefront of her mind. She has been the honorary Chair of ICAN (Inter Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect) for the last twenty-five years. She is also heavily involved in causes that are close to her heart, including animal welfare, domestic violence, the environment and the advancement of human potential.
What started out as a simple birthday present to her sister by guest starring on The Six Million Dollar Man turned into a career full of challenges and triumphs catapulting her to become one of the most recognizable and respected stars in the world.
Recent Special Guests
Durango Film has welcomed many special guests over the years including all of our wonderful independent filmmakers. Notable guests through the years include Judge Reinhold, Wes Studi, Gary Farmer, Charlie Dierkop, Chris Eyre, Lee Lew Lee, Alex Cox, Charles Matthau, Steven Michael Quezada, John Rubano, Devon Gummersall, Craig Semetko and Gary Fisher.