Movie screening benefits Austin man who died in house fire

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on January 1, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 2 at 2:01 PM

AUSTIN -- More than a hundred people gathered at the Alamo Ritz movie theater downtown to watch a special screening.

Filmmakers showed "Austin High" a film that is a tribute to keeping Austin weird. Andrew Dallas worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the project and played the part of a bully in the movie.

"He (Dallas) completely embodied the spirit of Austin film-making in its entirety and willingness to go as far as he needs to go," said fellow actor Brently Heilbron. "He was amazing to have around."

"For him to actually play a character, I am so excited to see that, because he was a character in real life," said Andrew's uncle Bob Dallas. 

Dallas, 27, lost his life December 20 in a house fire on Kellies Farm Lane near Parmer and Mopac in North Austin.

Three other people inside the house made it out safely.

Austin fire investigators said they don't know the cause of the fire. Neighbors said they heard loud explosions inside the home at the time.

Dallas' grieving family said the film community and even neighbors have helped them in their grief.

All of the proceeds from Tuesday's screening of "Austin High" will help his family pay for his memorial.

"It's been really, really wonderful seeing the outpouring of love and support," said Andrew's aunt Mary Dallas. 

The family will hold a memorial for Dallas Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hickory Street restaurant on Congress Avenue downtown.

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