2nd Annual Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival Launches With The Goal To Celebrate All
New Independent Film Initiative Brings Hollywood to Waco and Will Present 65 Films Around the World
"With the backdrop of Covid-19, this year we are presenting an extremely responsible and socially distance festival that we hope will be a fun event for everyone of all ages. It is also our team's attempt to leverage the power of storytelling to open hearts and minds, while bringing the Waco community together and ultimately, doing our part to positively impact the film industry by presenting more diverse voices," states Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, Founder and Lead Producer of the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival.
According to Variety.com, there are 200 million consumers within the family and faith-based community in the U.S. This consumer market is valued at $2.1 trillion. Moreover, since the beginning of this genre, faith-based movies have amassed over $2 billion dollars. At the close of the submissions phase last year, the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival received film entries from such countries as the United Kingdom, Italy, India, France, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Brazil. The 2021 Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival will showcase the voices of 70 cinematic storytellers from around the globe, with a large majority of them being women.
"Storytelling and imagery through movies truly matter in our society, especially when it comes to positively changing the attitudes and behaviors of how we all view each other as fellow human beings on this planet," states Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, Founder and Lead Producer of the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival.
The 2021 Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival will also continue recognizing its "Champions Award" recipients. This honor is dedicated to recognizing individuals and organizations who are exemplars of innovation as well as disruption in the film, performing arts, and entertainment industry. The 2021 "Champions Awards" recipients will be Malcolm Goodwin, Victor Hawks, Courtney Parker, and Eric Shepard.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival will present An Adam Experiment: A one-man play on the life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. at the Waco Civic Theatre on Thursday, February 4, 2021 through Sunday, February 7, 2021 as a part of the newly launched Waco Family & Faith Theater Festival. Written by and starring New York based actor, Michael Chenevert, An Adam Experiment explores the day in the life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., a pioneering crusader for justice and equality during the Civil Rights movement.
The sponsors for the 2021 Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival include the festival's Founding Partner, TFNB Bank Your Bank for Life. The Awards Sponsor is the Magnolia Foundation. The 1st Annual Celebrity Golf Classic sponsor is Greg May Honda. The Tennis Mixer sponsor is Jeff Hunter Toyota. The Gold Sponsors are Creative Waco and Z's at the Curry. The Silver Sponsors are Pruit Memorial Symposium at Baylor University and Hat Creek Burger Co. The Bronze Star sponsors are Extraco Banks, Brazos Masonry, AARP Texas, Tru Jamaica, Marie's, and the Hilton Waco. The Media Partners are M&M Broadcasters, LTD. and KWTX-TV Ch10, CW12, and Telemundo.
Sponsors for the Waco Family & Faith Theater Festival include TFNB Your Bank for Life and Creative Waco by way of their AMP Grant. The Waco Family & Faith Theater Festival is also being presented in collaboration with Waco Civic Theatre.
For more information and the full festival schedule for the 2021 Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.wacofilmfest.org.