The In-Between is part of the 2019 Women Texas Film Festival.

The In-Between is part of the 2019 Women Texas Film Festival.

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This year's Women Texas Film Festival, which opens Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 18, will feature a kissing booth. Yes, a kissing booth — but not just any kissing booth. In keeping with the focus of the festival, this is a feminist kissing booth.

"It will be a kissing booth, but ... ," says festival official John Wildman, "the women that are there, and of course, there will be males [in the booth] as well, it will be their choice about who they kiss ... or who they don't."

In other words, if you're in line to be kissed, you could, well, be rejected.

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But that won't prevent you from seeing some truly engaging films, one of which, Wildman says, is Make Out Party, whose screening will feature the kissing booth. Wildman describes this one, whose filmmaker is Emily Esperanza, as an outlandish,  throw-everything-at-the-wall comedy that follows three characters who sashay through the city en route to a pin-up queen's make-out party.

That's just one entry in the fourth edition of a festival whose subtitle reads: "Leaders. Radicals. Storytellers."

The Women Texas Film Festival will showcase 17 feature-length films and 29 short films, the most ever screened in its showcase of films, each of which sports at least one of these distinctions — a female director, producer, writer, composer, editor or "DP" (director of photography).

"Even if the woman is in the producer position, it has to be a creative producer," Wildman says. "Like it can't be a thing where a woman's name is simply on it and then the rest of the team are males. The film has to have been generated from a distinctly female point of view."

A Perfect 14 is part of the 2019 Women Texas Film Festival.

A Perfect 14 is part of the 2019 Women Texas Film Festival.

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Also under the heading of something new is the courting of a major sponsor, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, which will also screen some of the films. The Alamo Drafthouse in the Cedars is being used as another venue, but the vast majority of screenings will take place at the festival's home, the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, which opened in 1931. 

And there's more. The 2019 edition leans in yet another interesting direction. 

A scene from CRSHD, which is part of the 2019 Women Texas Film Festival.

A scene from CRSHD, which is part of the 2019 Women Texas Film Festival.

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"We're doing a series of films that have either medical or psychological issues, such as bipolar disorder. And we're screening them at the Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Dallas," Wildman says. 

"The Q-and-A's afterward will team up the filmmaker with a medical professional to talk about that aspect of the film as well."

Wildman is bullish on the fact that founder and artistic director Justina Walford chooses "to populate the festival, not with Norah Ephron romantic comedies, but with films that are eccentric, exciting ... even the documentaries are hard-hitting subjects that show that women are fantastic directors, even of these kinds of films."

For more information, including a full list of films, plus times, places and dates, visit womentxff.org.

Ever After is part of the 2019 Women Texas Film Festival.

Ever After is part of the 2019 Women Texas Film Festival.

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