Dia de los Muertos. Day of the Dead. The day after All Hallows Eve, which we know as Halloween.
This year the Red Wasp Film Festival starts on the day after Halloween, so the committee has chosen the appropriate theme of Dia de los Muertos. The Red Wasp Film Festival doesn't take itself too seriously—but it takes its films very seriously. The 11th Annual Red Wasp Film Festival runs Nov. 1-2, 2013, in Bryan, Texas, and the festival’s website lists this year’s film titles and schedule.
The theme of Dia de los Muertos evokes stories and people of the past. The RWFF focuses the theme by showcasing independent films that tell stories from the past, into the present, and looking to the future.
“Sharing stories has always been an important part of society and culture, and this theme reminds us how much stories connect us as a community—with each other, ourselves, and many points in time,” says Krista May, a member of the organizing committee. “I’m happy to say that word about the festival is getting out more every year. This year we had film entries from France, Finland, and Poland as well as our featured Texas films. We also received some Spanish-language films. I’m looking forward to the airing the selected films.”
The festival showcases films, shorts, and original screenplays for unproduced films, naming entry award winners including Best Screenplay. The respected indie film festival draws fans and professionals nationwide—and apparently this year, worldwide. As in previous years, the 2013 festival will feature enjoyable, educational, and provocative independent films in a light-hearted setting. When possible, audience Q&A sessions will give audiences a chance to ask questions and connect with the film’s process.
Initially, founders Carol and Craig Conlee held the festival at the 7F Lodge in Wellborn, Texas. The festival quickly outgrew its roots, and in recent years Stage Center Theater in Downtown Bryan has housed the festival. This season, as in the past, the small all-volunteer organization of Brazos Progressives serves as organizer and host for the event. The festival is growing so large and receiving so many submittals that it has outgrown its roots once again. The Brazos Progressives have arranged for the Arts Council of Brazos Valley to handle RWFF next year.
“The Arts Council has the capacity to help Red Wasp grow and develop into its next phase,” adds May. “With their help, we envision Red Wasp becoming longer and spreading into multiple venues. It’s an exciting time!”
This year RWFF continues at StageCenter Theater, which opens its doors for the festival at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, with shows starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: $25/both nights, $15/one night; student prices, $15/$10. The Red Wasp Film Festival is presented by the Brazos Progressives and Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, with numerous sponsors.