WAXAHACHIE — Keep the popcorn close and a lawn chair handy because the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival is making its return to Waxahachie this weekend.

The four-day “Trailblazers and Outlaws” festival is upping the ante once again with a promising program for all film gurus and music lovers alike. The fourth annual event begins today, April 20.

“We are incredibly excited to celebrate the fourth-annual Crossroads of Texas Film Festival,” expressed Amy Hollywood, Director of Communications and Marketing. “This year brings big fun, celebrating the best in Texas films, music, television, and more. The event is growing. This year, we have more people coming in from out of town than I think we’ve ever had in the past."

One of the newer and most popular destinations for out-of-town visitors, the festival has a spectacular collaboration lined up throughout the weekend, including internationally known musicians and actors.

Such talent includes Ellis County Game Warden Jeff Powell from the Animal Planet series “Lone Star Law,” and internationally known musicians Shawn Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, and Augie Meyers will.

From the Downtown Classic Car Show to the Trailblazing Texas Women in Film panel and the dedication Walk of Fame Stones for Denver Pyle, Bill Ham, and John Borders — the festival offers enough for everyone.

“Each year we’ve folded more music into it, and this year we have the biggest concert we’ve ever had, which is the Texas Tornados,” Hollywood explained. “One of the movies we’re showing is a documentary on the 'Austin City Limits' television show, and the 40 years it’s been on the air."

Among the exciting talent, Hollywood also guarantees a great cinematic roster that includes films such as "Dirty Dancing," "The Newton Boys," "Crazy Heart," and much more.

“With some of the screenings, we have talent that will be there after the film for a brief ‘Q and A’ sessions with the audience where they can ask the actors questions and talk to them about different stories about the filming of these movies,” Hollywood described. “So it’s not your typical movie-going experience, it’s a whole lot more."

To see the full Crossroads Texas Film Festival program or to purchase tickets, visit crossroadsoftxff.com.


Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer