It’s year two for Women Texas Film Festival (WTxFF), and while that in itself is an accomplishment, it’s certainly no surprise. Coming off a well-received inaugural 2016, Founder and Artistic Director Justine Walford’s festival remains the only one in Texas dedicated solely to “women behind the camera” productions.
In a strong show of support for the mission, Studio Movie Grill (Northwest Highway location in Dallas) has stepped up as the venue sponsor, allowing all festival activities to occur in one location. This includes screenings, red carpet, Q&A’s, and the VR exhibit. Speaking as a frequent festival-goer, convenience is greatly appreciated!
2017 is already the year that director Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN proved a superhero blockbuster need not be helmed by a male to rule the box office. WTxFF takes this to another level as it provides a platform for both established and emerging filmmakers. To be eligible, a film must feature a woman in at least one creative role: Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor or Composer.
Many local organizations are co-sponsoring screenings, and the festival offers 8 feature films plus 5 blocks of shorts (loosely themed in groups categorized as Comedy, Strong Female Characters, etc). There are also 3 Virtual Reality projects being held in the theatre lobby, as well as a brilliant and fun SPEAKEASY opening night party at a secret location requiring a password (provided with RSVP).
Dallas Film Commission and Selig Polyscope Company return as second year festival sponsors, and while there are quite a few Texas-based films on the schedule, five countries outside the United States are also represented: Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Germany, and Australia. The Opening Night Selection is AND THEN THERE WAS EVE directed by Savannah Bloch, and the Closing Night Selection is QUALITY PROBLEMS co-directed by Brooke Purdy and Doug Purdy.
WTxFF runs August 16-20, and more information on festival passes and individual screening tickets can be found at http://womentxff.org/
Perhaps for this weekend, the Studio Movie Grill catchphrase should be amended to “EAT. DRINK. MOVIES. WOMEN.”