Past Festivals


The 2014 inaugural festival was a tremendous success! Thanks to everyone who sponsored, attended, promoted, or supported in any way.


Thursday, October 9:

12 PM - Luncheon at the Waxahachie Civic Center with panel discussion featuring industry professionals on “The Ten Best Texas-Made Films” 

Panelists: Gary Cogill (Moderator), Joe Dishner, Tom Copeland, Dr. Marion Castleberry


4 PM - HOPE FLOATS (Free - Rogers Hotel Cotton Gin Ballroom)This fun screening will be in conjunction with the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association Ladies Night Out, fun and refreshments provided.

Prior to HOPE FLOATS, festival short film selection "8" will run. "8" is directed by DFW-based Julie Gould, who will be in attendance. 

Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Starring: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr.; Filming Location: Smithville


7 PM - BERNIE (Showbiz Cinemas)

Guests: Texas Monthly Writer Skip Hollandsworth. Hollandsworth wrote the story that introduced the world, including Director Richard Linklater, to Bernie Tiede. Linklater and Hollandsworth co-wrote the screenplay for the film. Cast members Kay Epperson and Larry Jack Dotson, and Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson will also be in attendance. Brief Q&A following.

Short film pairing for the BERNIE screening is "Dig". Written and Directed by Toby Halbrooks, a young girl watches her father dig a hole in their backyard. Mystified about his purpose, the neighborhood comes to watch.

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. Starring: Jack Black, Shirley Maclaine, Matthew McConaughey; Filming Location: Carthage, Bastrop


Friday, October 10:

4 PM –FROM ABOVE (Showbiz Cinemas)

Short film "Love Bug", Written and Directed by Kat Candler, will run prior to FROM ABOVE. 

William Ward (Danny Glover) recalls the love story of his life with Venus. Their love is a difficult scenario to play: in a very Greek-Shakespearean tragedy manner, as both of them belong to different cultures and backgrounds. Starring: Danny Glover; Filming Location: Waxahachie, Gibbons Farm (same location as PLACES IN THE HEART)


7 PM - JOE (Showbiz Cinema) Starring Nicolas Cage, this intense Texas-made film has received rave reviews from other festivals across the country and beyond. Cast members Ronnie Blevins and Kay Epperson will be in attendance, Q&A following. 

Short film "Spark", Written and Directed by Annie Silverstien, will run prior to JOE.

 An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Blevins; Filming Location: Austin


9 PM - VIP Reception Following JOE at Tuscan Slice (must purchase VIP pass to attend, no exceptions)


Saturday, October 11:

1 PM - APPALOOSA (Showbiz Cinemas) 

Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow. Starring: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger


4 PM - BONNIE AND CLYDE (Showbiz Cinemas) 

Director Robert Benton’s 1967 classic. Won two Academy Awards. Starring: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman; Filming Locations: Waxahachie, Midlothian, Red Oak, Maypearl, Venus, Dallas, Pilot Point


4 PM - Dedication of Robert Benton’s and Frederic Forrest's stars on the new Waxahachie Walk of Fame on Main St. in front of Texas Theater; public is welcome to attend, no ticket needed


5 PM - VIP Happy Hour/Reception at Doves Nest prior to PLACES (must purchase VIP pass to attend, no exceptions)


7 PM - PLACES IN THE HEART (Free - Downtown Waxahachie)

Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this Academy Award winning Waxahachie-made film. Screening will take place under the stars in beautiful Downtown Waxahachie, where several of the film's scenes were shot. Bring lawn chairs and blankets! Q&A following with Director and Waxahachie Native Robert Benton, and select cast members. 

Special guests include Director Robert Benton, Yankton Hatten, Gennie James, Ray Baker

In 1930's Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends. Starring: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Danny Glover, John Malkovich, Yankton Hatten, Gennie James, Ray Baker. Filming Location: Waxahachie and Ellis County 


Sunday, October 12:

11 AM - Gospel Jam featuring music from PLACES IN THE HEART by Texas’ own PURPLE HULLS at the SAGU Hagee Communications Center.