Dallas, TX – On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, the Dallas Film Society honored Studio Movie Grill Founder/CEO Brian Schultz with The Stodghill Award, which celebrates an individual and their long-term efforts in supporting the art of film, at a casual and energetic DFS Spotlight Luncheon at the Four Corners Brewing Company.
Dallas Film Society CEO & President Johnathan Brownlee said, “I don’t think mid-week luncheons get much better than that. I think some people had to go take a nap after that one! The support from the community was truly overwhelming and helped the Dallas Film Society honor Brian with the first Stodghill Award, raising much needed funds for our school and Veterans Institute For Film & Media education programs.”
The first DFS Spotlight Luncheon and debut of The Stodghill Award (designed by Brad Oldham) was a quirky, casual event. Lunch was served at Four Corners Brewery by In-n-Out Burgers. Throughout the venue were specialty cocktail stations and samples from various food festivals and restaurants in Dallas and a green “football field” carpet, following the event’s theme: the Adam Sandler comedy, THE WATERBOY. The film holds a special significance for Schultz, as THE WATERBOY was the Studio Movie Grill’s first major success screening a first-run studio film at their theaters.
Much fun was had at the unveiling of the impressive looking award due to the idea of both Stodghill and Schultz possibly needing some help lifting them up, due to their substantial weight.
Schultz is the Founder/CEO of Studio Movie Grill (“SMG”), the original cinema-dining concept combining first-run movies with table service restaurants. Schultz is credited as the leader and innovator of this rapidly growing segment of the exhibition industry.
Schultz said, “I’m incredibly honored to receive the inaugural Stodghill Award from the Dallas Film Society. It was wonderful to see so many friends and associates who came out to this event at Four Corners Brewery on a cold and rainy day, knowing that the funds raised will go towards education and outreach programs, which are aligned with our mission at SMG to open hearts and minds, one story at a time. It was also personally moving to watch the tribute video shown at the event, created by DFS filmmakers and Charlie Uniform Tango, because it demonstrated to me just how far we have come in leaving a positive wake and fulfilling that mission.”
SMG attracts more than 11 million patrons annually and hosts thousands of corporate and special events. A leader among businesses in the arena of conscious business initiatives, and with a company-wide mission to open hearts and minds one story at a time, SMG works tirelessly with the communities surrounding their theaters to better the lives of their guests. This includes a number of varied charitable initiatives, its 15-year-old legacy special needs screening program, Chefs for Children, funding charitable projects, community building and outreach initiatives, and supporting additional fundraising events and film festivals.
All proceeds from the event went to support DFS’s year-round education and community outreach programs.