If you have a long memory, you may remember that 304 Houston St used to house the AMC Sundance movie theater. If your memory goes even further back, you may recall that it once hosted the initial iterations of the now-defunct Fort Worth Film Festival. Supposedly the old place was haunted, but the scariest things we saw in there were bad movies. Now, while the theater marquee and outside architecture have been retained, the address has been taken over by Norris Conference Centers and spends its days hosting business meetings. However, this weekend the building reverts to its roots by being home to the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase.
You won’t find much in the way of star power in these films. The biggest name here is April Billingsley (from TV’s The Walking Dead), who’s headlining a dramedy called The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle, about a woman who escapes her boring life by imagining herself as adventurous women of various stripes. However, there’s also a softball movie in Rod Hermansen’s Coming Home and Rodrigo Moreno Fernandez’ surreal thriller The Whole and Donovan, Jason Bee’s autobiographical drama about bipolar disorder. In addition, there’ll be more short films than you know what to do with, including Steve Herold’s Death of an Umbrella Salesman. You’ll be bound to find something you like at this festival.
The Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase runs Fri-Sun at Norris Conference Center, 304 Houston St, FW. Tickets are $8-45.