Texas musicians, actors, writers and filmmakers will come together next weekend to show the best the Lone Star State has to offer at the Crossroads Film and Music Festival.
The three-day event, which runs from Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28 at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park at 400 South Grand Avenue, serves as a tribute not just to the films produced in Waxahachie, but to the best Texas has to offer in musicians and filmmakers.
Local talent agent Linda Mcalister stated that the festival is a fun event that celebrates the success of Texas productions from both the past and present.
"Crossroads of Texas Film Festival embraces and promotes the rich history of Texas films and projects and celebrates our amazingly talented industry professionals, whether on-camera or behind the camera,” Mcalister stated. “Waxahachie and Ellis County is a big part of this history."
The festival opens at 3 p.m. Thursday with the showing of the 2014 Oscar-winning film "Boyhood," which shows a boy’s life as he grows from childhood into adulthood. Houston filmmaker Richard Linklater filmed the project over a period of 12 years and cast his own daughter, Lorelei, in a supporting role. She will be speaking in a Q&A upon the film’s conclusion, and Dallas soul artist Bobby Patterson will kick off the festival’s first concert at 8 p.m.
The show starts back up again at 11 a.m. Friday with the screening of 2007 Best Picture-winner “No Country For Old Men,” a cat-and-mouse crime thriller between a hitman, a Vietnam war veteran and a sheriff. Lamesa-born actor Barry Corbin stars as a retired lawman in the movie and will speak in a Q&A after the film's showing.
Also playing is the 2018 biographical drama “Blaze,” which stars Ben Dickey as Austin country singer Blaze Foley. The film was written, directed and produced by Austin actor Ethan Hawke and co-written by Foley’s partner, Sybil Rosen.
An “Art of Storytelling” panel will be hosted at 2 p.m. and features screenwriters Robert Knott and Anne Rapp. Knott wrote the 2008 western film "Appaloosa," while Rapp wrote the 1999 comedy film "Cookie’s Fortune." Actress Jo Harvey Allen, who’s acted in movies including "The Homesman," "In the Valley of Elah," "Second Hand Lions" and "Fried Green Tomatoes," is also speaking on the panel.
Friday’s program concludes with a performance by Dallas musician Ray Wylie Hubbard at 8:30 p.m.
Walk of Fame Dedications will begin 10 a.m. Saturday at 100 South College Street, which is when the organizers will dedicate a headstone to an entertainer that has ties to Waxahachie or Ellis County in the downtown Walk of Fame. Previous honorees include “Kramer V.S. Kramer” and “Places In The Heart” writer-director Robert Benton, “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Tender Mercies” screenwriter Horton Foote, and Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips.
The anthology comedy “True Stories” and the Academy Award-winning drama “Places In The Heart” are among the festival’s final screenings at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively, with musical guests Terri Hendrix and Terry Allen being the final performers at 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. A sendoff brunch is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday at the Webb Art Gallery at 208 West Franklin Street.
Tickets prices are $10 for the movie screenings and $20 for the musical performances. To purchase your tickets, go online at www.crossroadsoftxff.com.