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Attic Film Festival kicks off today

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com
Jess Weixler, left, stars in director Bradley Jackson's short film 'The Man Who Never Cried.'

The Attic Film Festival and Attic World Ministry Fair, an event organized to "spread Christ's message through film," begins today with a look back to 2011.

Winning films from last year's fest, including best screenplay winner "I Had Weekends in Paris, I Wore Sparkly Things" and best documentary winner, director Barry Simmons' "Sons of Lwala," the story of two Kenyan brothers who build a medical clinic in their village, screen this evening.

Multiple award winner in 2011, "The Butterfly Circus," a Depression-era story of a man whose life is changed after he meets an exploited carnival worker, ends the opening evening's slate of screenings at For the City Center.

This year's roster of two dozen films includes Austin director Bradley Jackson's short "The Man Who Never Cried," which won the Doorpost Film Project's short film contest and the accompanying $100,000 prize last year. The dramedy about a young man who, on the eve of his father's funeral, attempts to shed tears for the first time in his life, stars Keir O'Donnell ("Wedding Crashers"), Madison Burge ("Friday Night Lights") and Jess Weixler ("Teeth").

"Milltown Pride," director Ken Rogers' story of a man who tries to find his purpose in life in 1920s South Carolina; Chad Ahrendt's feature directorial debut, family drama "Reconciliation"; and comic caper "Rogue Saints" headline the festival's narrative feature offerings.

In addition to the screenings held in the main auditorium, the fest that highlights films that "explore, explain, or emulate the Gospel, the truths of the Gospel, or the themes of the Gospel" provides a family viewing room that offers a host of G-rated films. The Attic Film Fest concludes Saturday night with an awards ceremony.

The Attic Film Festival and Attic World Ministry Fair