The inaugural Women Texas Film Festival will open Friday, Aug. 19, at the Texas Theatre. Red-carpet arrivals are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Women Texas Film Festival founder and artistic director Justina Walford said she created the festival to "shine a light and promote the edgier, more hard-core projects of female producers, writers and directors." Films had to have women in at least one creative role. More than 30 films will be screened through Aug. 21.
Rosemary Myers' Girl Asleep (Australia, 2015, 77 mins.) is the opening film. Wallflower Greta Driscoll, 15, has the limelight (and magical realism) thrust upon her when her parents throw a birthday party for her and invite the whole school.
Short film The Letter E (14 mins.), about a girl who loves the letter E, will screen before Girl.
Every opening night deserves a properly themed party. This one is "Disco and Donuts," two themes taken from Girl Asleep. The party will be at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
The theater is next door at 213 W. Jefferson Blvd. Festival passes and tickets are on sale for $11-$125. Look for the full schedule, including virtual reality demonstrations, panel discussions, parties and a game room, at WomenTxFF.org.