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Inspire Film Festival returns with focus on ‘game changers’

February 12, 2019

More than 25 inspirational tales and stories that uplift viewers are on tap this week at The third annual Inspire Film Festival, including the feature length film “Dome” about the world-renowned Astrodome as well as “The Interpreters” which documents the difficult process to bring foreign military interpreters to the United States.

The 2019 Inspire Film Festival, a five-day cinematic experience dedicated to entertaining and inspiring audiences with films, speakers and events that celebrate the human spirit begins on Thursday and continues for five days with screenings, question and answer sessions, presentations and seminars featuring film producers and stars.

Jane Minarovic, founder and executive director of the festival, said she is extremely excited the third annual event is finally happening after months and months of planning to bring films, actors and others to The Woodlands.

“It is very exciting…I don’t really rest until Monday. The films are very inspiring and people are going to love them,” Minarovic said. “They are all super inspiring films in different ways. There is no way you can leave after the week and not be changed.”

The film festival is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 18. More than 25 feature-length and short films highlighting local and international “game changers,” people who inspire their communities and the world, will be showcased in venues along Waterway Square in The Woodlands.

Movies are shown at the Wells Fargo “pop-up” Theater, the Cinemark Market Street and the Cinemark Tinseltown theaters. The Wells Fargo Theater is a special “pop up” theater that seats 300 people and is located inside The Woodlands Township Events Center at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online, Minarovic said. There are numerous options for tickets, including a weekend pass for $100 that gives movie-goers full access to every event and film shown during the festival. There are also discounted rates for senior citizens, educators and students.

“We do have some tickets left and they are for sale online or at the box office in Market Street,” Minarovic explained. The festival box office is located inside the old Luke’s Locker space in Market Street.

Among the films being shown this year are “Becoming Bulletproof,” a documentary that explores the joy, hardships and empowerment discovered by a group of actors with various disabilities who starred in a pioneering Western film short, and “The Interpreters,” a documentary about foreign military intepreters in Iraq and Afghanistan and their quest to relocate to the United States after helping American soldiers in combat situations.

The festival shows both feature-length films — 13 are tabbed this year — as well as 18 “short” films, which are generally less than 20 to 30 minutes in duration. Feature length films are shown as a stand-alone movie, while short films are packaged into a group of several films so viewers can see multiple in one sitting.

The event begins at 6:15 p.m., Thursday, with the short film kickoff event, followed by three days of movies, seminars, classes and meet and greet fun. Officials with the Howard Hughes Corp. will award the best film of the week at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Wells Fargo Theater.

Minarovic said the festival is something special and described the atmosphere inside the theaters as “electric” at times.

“I want to get those people to come who may see the price and think it is too much. You can see all these great films all weekend for only $100,” Minarovic said. “It is so electric (in theaters). It is very different to experience the different types of movies being shown.”

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