Waco movie fans won’t have to travel to out-of-town film festivals to see the locally made “Blur Circle” and “The Tenor.” They’ll just have to wait until February.

The two films were among the features and short films chosen for the Deep In The Heart Film Festival that makes its debut at the Waco Hippodrome Feb. 16 to 19, 2017. The festival, headed by filmmakers Louis Hunter and Samuel Thomas, recently released the short films — 72 of them — and features selected for screening during the four-day movie festival.

The festival will screen six feature films and 10 programs of short films plus hold workshops on storytelling in virtual reality, educating future filmmakers and the filmmaker as artist/entrepreneur.

“Blur Circle,” directed by Chris Hansen, the chairman of Baylor’s Film and Digital Media department, and written/produced by Baylor film professor Brian Elliott will open the festival. It’s the story of a single mom mourning the disappearance of her son two years earlier and whose life is affected when she meets a man with a secret in his past.. “Blur Circle” was shown last October at the Dallas VideoFest.

“The Tenor,” directed/produced by Waco filmmaker/video producer Damon Crump and written/produced by Baylor film professor Brian Elliott, is a comic short about an egotistical singer involved in a military test of voice power. It comes to the Deep in the Heart festival after a year dotted with honors, ranging from the Grand Jury Prize at the Texas Independent Film Fest last spring to the Best Texas Short in the recent Big As Texas Short Film Festival.

The list of DITHFF short film entries also has “What About Waco: A Mighty Wind,” part of a proposed four-part series on Waco history, and “Shotgun,” the short film that Baylor graduate Maverick Moore took to the Cannes International Film Festival two years ago.

Tickets are already on sale at There’s a $100 VIP pass to everything and a $32 “six-pack” that features six admission tickets for the price of four; individual tickets at $8 each will be offered later.

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