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Join Joe Leydon, professor and columnist as he moderates a conversation with three of our award winning film directors during WorldFest’s 52nd edition during opening weekend.

Kevin Sorbo, director, “Miracle in East Texas”, inspired by a true story of 2 con men, ‘Doc’ Boyd (Kevin Sorbo) and ‘Dad’ (John Ratzenberger) who work their way through Texas in the 1930’s evoking wildcatter days of Spindletop and beyond.

Richard Krevolin, directed World premier film ‘Attachments’ a story of an IT Nerd and a widowed grandmother (the inimitable Katherine Ross) who close several age gaps as they learn life lessons and computer protocol from each other.

Steve De Jarnatt, directed the film “Miracle Mile” a retrospective which was Joe Leydon’s Critic’s Choice for WorldFest’s 1992 Offical Selection Program. This benchmark film that took a tough unflinching look at what nuclear destruction truly meant to the common man. The film deals with the last 70 minutes of a young man’s life as he goes looking for his new love just as nuclear war is about to breakout.

The conversations will take place in the Water Fall “024” Lounge at The Westin Memorial City Hotel, 945 Gessner, Rd., Houston, TX 77024, April 6, 2:00 p.m. The films will be screened at Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial Way, Houston TX 77024, check here for show times.

The opening film is WILLIAM directed by Tim Disney who will attend. WILLIAM is the story of 2 brilliant scientists who bring a Neanderthal baby named WILLIAM into the world and must deal with the consequences. Please check the schedule page for ticketing, trailers and times.


Come and see what the heart of the film industry is all about with this set of innovative and exciting topics such as Casting for Indie Films, SAG/AFTRA, noted Film Critic Nick Nicholson's take on the world of Independent film, Drones for Indie Filmmaking, NASA insiders tips for amazing footage for filmmakers, to our traditional Indie Directors’ Forum, Scriptwriters Hollywood Protocol plus much more. $300 for the Master Class Pass, included in the VIP Gold and VIP Platinum Passes.

WHEN: April 11th, 12th, and 13th at 10AM, 1PM & 3PM
WHERE: The WorldFest HQ Hotel – The Westin Houston, Memorial City, 945 Gessner Road Houston, Texas 77024


This year there will also be special High School Breakout Sessions!

"A Career in Filmmaking 101" with Erik Calderon, FLMC Films
Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 AM

"Living and Working as a Filmmaker" with Jenny Waldo, filmmaker and instructor at Houston Community College
Friday, April 12, at 9:00 AM

Nick Nicholson
So You Want to Make a Movie? Nick Nicholson Thursday, April 11th at 10:00 AM

Nick Nicholson national film critic will reveal the pitfalls that doom filmmakers to the Razzie list. In addition, the discussion will also cover what will make critics praise your projects instead. Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, News 92, CNN Radio.

Nick Nicholson
Cut to the Dog Shawn Welling Thursday, April 11th at 1:00 PM

Multi-award winner director, Shawn Welling shares exciting innovations for your next feature or short. Options on how to keep audiences engaged yet not distracted by using animals, macro shots, drones and clever perspectives to enhance a big budget without the cost. Don’t miss the live animal and innovative equipment.

Nick Nicholson
The Dos, The Don'ts and the Better Nots of Scriptwriting Norman Ray Fitts Thursday, April 11th at 3:00 PM

Norman Ray Fitts 25 year veteran with 6 published novels and more than 60 screenplay. He will discuss components of a screenplay; what they are, their nomenclature and how and when they're used. You will leave this session knowing exactly how to write an industry standard screenplay.

Nick Nicholson
It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint… Leigh Murray Friday, April 12th at 10:00 AM

So go after a story that can get made. Leigh Murray, executive producer of feature and TV films, as well as an established writing consultant and actress, will discuss and show how committing to a goal and seeing the project's progress is the only way to realize your dream of getting your story or script up on the screen. You will come away with a renewed plan on new angles and strategies.

Nick Nicholson
Producing in the Trenches ~Tips and Tricks for Indie Film Producers Jon Scheide Friday, April 12th at 1:00 PM

Producer, Writer, and Director with 20+ years in the entertainment industry, Jon is based in Los Angeles, but has shot in 17 states including Texas and 11 countries. His career includes work in both feature film and TV, scripted, non-scripted plus digital content. Jon has personally overseen numerous projects from conception and development, through inancing into production, post and distribution.

Nick Nicholson
How to Create a Successful and Award Winning Film Festival Strategy Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith Friday, April 12th at 3:00 PM

Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith of The Film Festival Doctor in the UK guides you step by step on the importance of film festivals and how to create a carefully planned festival strategy for your film in order to achieve the results and awards that you want.

Nick Nicholson
Conversation with Hal Hartley Moderated by Joe Leydon Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 AM

American Indie film director, screenwriter, producer and composer best known for his films Trust, Amateur, and Henry Fool, which are notable for deadpan humor and offbeat characters, provided a career launch for a number of actors, including Adrienne Shelly, Edie Falco, and Martin Donovan. Hartley frequently scores his own films using his pseudonym Ned Rifle, and his soundtracks regularly feature music by indie rock acts Yo La Tengo and PJ Harvey.

Nick Nicholson
Conversation with NASA Houston Cinematographer John Streeter John Streeter Saturday, April 13th at 1:00 PM

On Archival and historical footage ranging from the years of early Saturn missile program into the current International Space Station program and how to obtain NASA footage for use in your productions.

Nick Nicholson
WorldFest indie Filmmakers Forum Moderated by Multi-Award WorldFest Remi winner, Jon Scheide Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 PM

Ten feature film directors from the 2019 WorldFest Official Selection program will share their experiences on how they completed their award-winning film.