Deep in the Heart Film Festival announces 2020 program

The Deep in the Heart Film Festival announces its 2020 film program, including a selection of films, music videos, and screenplays coming to the Waco Hippodrome, Aug. 6-9. 
“With all that is going on in this world, it’s important for us to listen to each other’s stories — what better way than through film? We see Deep in the Heart as an opportunity to bring communities together,” says Samuel Thomas, artistic director. 
The fourth annual festival will attract artists and filmmakers from all over the world for four days packed with entertainment, learning, and the celebration of film as an art form.  
This year, with concerns over COVID-19, the festival will operate as a hybrid event, with live in-person screenings at the Waco Hippodrome, as well as an online streaming component.  
“We’re working with our venues and sponsors to host a safe and healthy event. We know our audience will make the best choices for themselves, and we are happy to be able to share these films with our Waco audience both in the theater and online.” says Thomas.  
Film highlights include: 
“Seven Short Films About (Our) Marriage” — Baylor University film professor Chris Hansen directs a tempestuous romantic drama in seven vignettes that chronicle an interracial marriage, telling a story of turmoil and tenderness as two people try to make their relationship last. This screening at the Deep in the Heart Film Festival will mark the first time local audiences will be able to see it on the big screen. It was filmed throughout Waco in 2018. Q&A with the director to follow. 
“Anna” — It’s the story of a single, middle-aged mother who lives in war-torn eastern Ukraine, raises her daughter, and desperately seeks change. “Anna” is a surprising short film with lots of heart and laughs. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the prestigious BAFTA award.
“Lockdown” — The threat of a shooting closes a middle school, but the true nature of the lockdown adds layers of depth and an exploration of self. This Sundance short film marks the return of alumni filmmakers Celine Held and Logan George, winners of last year’s Best Short Film, “Caroline.” 
“Dream With Me” — This feature-length Texas documentary follows Saba, one of more than 800,000 “Dreamers” who took advantage of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program) in 2012. Now, with the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA, her immigration status is once again in limbo, and Saba must face a new set of challenges.
Deep in the Heart celebrates excellence in independent film, both around the world and in Texas. Many of the films selected have played notable festivals, such as Cannes, Sundance, Austin, Clermont-Ferrand, and Cork.
We are proud to bring these quality films to Central Texas. Additionally, for the first time, Deep in the Heart will host live readings from its screenplay contest.
For a full list of films, videos, and screenplays, please visit our website,
About Deep in the Heart Film Festival
Set in Waco the Deep in the Heart Film Festival runs Aug. 6-9, 2020, and will feature engaging, independent short films, music videos, screenplays and features from Texas, the U.S., and the world. We want to inspire audiences, foster beneficial networking for filmmakers, and show all of our guests some authentic Texas hospitality.
For more information visit
About the Waco Hippodrome
The Waco Hippodrome Theatre is a 100-year-old theatre in the heart of downtown Waco. The theatre has survived many trials and tribulations including a fire and the devastating tornado of 1953. In 2012 the Hippodrome was bought and renovated after sitting vacant and dilapidated for several years. It reopened its doors in 2014 as a dine-in movie theatre, bar, restaurant, and entertainment venue featuring live music. The Hippodrome looks forward to serving its community for another 100 years. See what we have going on each day at and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @wacohippodrometheatre.
Samuel Z. P. Thomas 
Artistic Director 
Deep in the Heart Film Festival
712 Austin Ave
Waco, TX 76701
[email protected]
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