Four films shot in Glen Rose or produced by area filmmakers will be among the lineup of long and short documentaries and feature films from the United States and foreign countries when the city's first Neo-Relix Film Festival debuts Thursday.
The four-day event incudes screenings, parties and an awards ceremony. Special guest is veteran actor Barry Corbin, a co-star of the hit "Northern Exposure" series, the WB's "One Tree Hill" series and the "Lonesome Dove" mini-series. Corbin will receive a Texas Heritage Award.
The public is invited to attend all events.
The festival, a collaboration between creative director and filmmaker Ben Wilbanks and the Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber of Commerce, is expected to bring about 100 people from out-of-town, said Chamber Chairman Darrell Best.
"The festival will be a great way to introduce Glen Rose to filmmakers," Best said.
Twenty-six films, including some from Japan, India, Ireland, Spain and Canada, will be shown in venues around town. Downtown screenings will be at the Up Against the Wall theater on the side of the Chamber building, the Campbell Building and the old Rustic Rhinestone building. Faith-based films will be shown at First United Methodist Church.
Party and social venues are the Hollywood & Vine Restaurant, the Green Pickle, Up Against the Wall Theater's "green carpet" between the Chamber building and Talley building and Barnard's Mill Art Museum.
While in Glen Rose, filmmakers will take a walking tour of downtown and a special tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Films that have been shot in Glen Rose include "Carried Away," "Reach for the Sky" and the short "Crown Thy Good," which all will be shown at the festival.
Walnut Springs resident Carolyn Noonan's film "The Secret Camera," a rough-cut documentary about her late father-in-law, Terry Kirk, who built a secret camera from cardboard when he was a Japanese prisoner of war in China during World War II, also will be shown. Kirk convinced a Japanese-American at the prison camp to smuggle in film and he used the camera to document atrocities against American soldiers at the camp.
All films will run twice, once during the week and again on the weekend.
The awards ceremony will be held Saturday night at Barnard's Mill with live music by Coy Moore.
For a full listing and detailed descriptions of films, visit the festival's Web site at www.grnrff.org.
For those who want to only see the films and not attend the parties, a pass costs $25 for all three days of screenings and $15 for all films on any given day. For those who just want to attend the parties, the cost is $10. Passes may be purchased online or in person at the Chamber office.
The full schedule of festival events follows: