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Movies Houstonians Love
 
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This unique annual film series invites notable Houstonians from different walks of life to present a favorite film. An initiative of the MFAH film committee, Movies Houstonians Love has two primary goals: to provide speakers with the opportunity to show another side of themselves, and to introduce new audiences to the year-round film programming offered in the museum’s state-of-the-art Brown Auditorium Theater.

Over the years, presenters have included Houston mayors Annise Parker and Bill White, former Houston Ballet star Lauren Anderson, rapper Bun B, former First Lady Barbara Bush, chef Bryan Caswell, pioneering heart surgeon Denton Cooley, former Houston Comets superstar Cynthia Cooper, fashion designer Chloe Dao, former Houston Astros pitcher and manager Larry Dierker, NPR's John H. Lienhard, and filmmaker Richard Linklater.

 
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Presenters

2014
• FotoFest's Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin with Bagdad Café
Houston Chronicle’s Kyrie O’Connor with Rushmore

2013
• Rice University’s Anne Chao with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
• MFAH Film Committee Founder Lynn Wyatt with Laura
• The Honorable Ed Djerejian with Citizen Kane
• Maestro Hans Graf with Orpheus
• MFAH former associate director, investment and finance, Gwen Goffe with Fitzcarraldo
• MFAH Film Committee member and Ultimate Film Buff Mark Wawro with Muscle Shoals
• CAMH director Bill Arning with Lola Montès

2012

• Basketball star Clyde Drexler with Braveheart
• Houston Astros' Jeff Luhnow and Bo Porter with Moneyball
• Rice University's Ping Sun with Aftershock
• The Menil Collection's Josef Helfenstein with Live and Become

2011
• Rice University's Justin Cronin with The Lives of Others
• KUHT's Ernie Manouse with Mildred Pierce
• Project Row Houses' Rick Lowe with Nothing but a Man
• Civic leader Ellen Cohen with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
• MFAH trustee and gallery owner Meredith Long with Kind Hearts and Coronets
• Fashion designer Alexandra Knight with Bill Cunningham New York
• Southwest Alternate Media Project's Mary Lampe with Wings of Desire

2010
• Restaurateur Anita Jaisinghani with Mostly Martha
Restaurateur Scott Tycer with La grande bouffe
Restaurant owner Robert Del Grande with Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
Restaurateur Armando Palacios with Super Size Me
• Restaurauteur Charles Clark with Babette's Feast
• Restaurauteur Monica Pope with Food, Inc.
• Mayor Annise Parker with The Wizard of Oz
• Restaurauteur Bryan Caswell with The Big Lebowski

2009
• University of Houston president Renu Khator with Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
Anadarko Petroleum CEO Jim Hackett with Kingdom of Heaven
Houston Grand Opera's Anthony Freud with A Man for All Seasons
• Amazing Race
winners Joyce and Uchenna Agu with The Sound of Music
• Former Mayor Bob Lanier with For Whom the Bell Tolls
Restaurauteur Marcus Davis with Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
• Restaurauteur Irma Galvan with Tortilla Soup
Restaurauteur Michael Kramer with Big Night

2008
• Fashion designer Chloe Dao with Dead Poets Society
• Houston Chronicle
columnist Leon Hale with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Activist and socialite Joanne King Herring with Tea with Mussolini
Politician Sissy Farenthold with Reds
Art gallery owner Fredericka Hunter with Andrei Roublev

2006–2007
• Baseball star Larry Dierker with Casablanca
Former First Lady Barbara Bush with Life Is Beautiful
Rapper Bun B with Style Wars
Filmmaker Richard Linklater with Some Came Running
Educator Mike Feinberg with Gattaca
Houston Ballet’s Lauren Anderson with Singin’ in the Rain
• Engines of Our Ingenuity
’s John Lienhard with No Highway in the Sky

2005–2006
• Basketball star Cynthia Cooper with The Shawshank Redemption
Mayor Bill White with The Last Picture Show
Heart surgeon Denton Cooley with Catch-22
• Actress Annalee Jefferies with Barbarella