Today Dallas entertainment lawyer-movie producer Sally Helppie returns to the Lone Star State following an extremely successful trip to Cannes (followed by a short vacation to Italy). Helppie’s latest film, an award-winning supernatural thriller called "The Beacon" starring Teri Polo, screened twice at the Marche Du Film, the more industry-centric gathering that runs alongside its more high-profile sister, the Festival de Cannes. This year, Helppie was selected as a member of the Producers Network, “which meant I had access to special conferences and cocktail parties,” she reports via email from Italy. “Of course, there are paparazzi everywhere and security is tight. Being part of the Producers Network gave me a lot of access, though.” Helppie says another highlight of her 10 days in Cannes was the opportunity to screen a costume drama called “The Young Victoria,” starring Emily Blunt and produced in part by Martin Scorsese. That’s because Helppie had done a significant amount of legal work for the movie as the lawyer for its financiers. She says she was “thrilled to see how well it turned out.” Coming up on Helppie’s movie production plate are features in development now, she says: an inspirational movie based on a true story titled “Reaching Jordan” and an action flick called “Reprisal.” Click here to read Texas Lawyer’s recent cover story on Helppie and how she balances her movie production company with her busy law practice.
-- Jenny B. Davis