Origins: GRNRFF

In 2010 local businessman Darrel Best was sitting at a table with some members of the Chamber of Commerce while they discussed what sort of unique event or experience they could offer Glen Rose. Overhearing this conversation at a nearby table, Benjamin Wilbanks left his cheeseburger and went to pitch the idea of a film festival.

Matthew Avant answers questions after a screening of LUNOPOLIS

Matthew Avant answers questions after a screening of his independent sci-fi thriller, Lunopolis.

Darrel agreed and within a couple of weeks the theme “Neo·Relix” had been designed. Originally Neo·Relix meant New (Neo) and Old (Relix “Relics”) and set out to feature films that explored the passage of time, time-travel, changing of seasons or such. While the theme requirement has been abandoned, the name Neo·Relix has not.

Filmmaker Courtney Ware accepts a Rellie award for her short film Sunny In The Dark.

Filmmaker Courtney Ware accepts a Rellie award for her short film Sunny In The Dark.

The first Glen Rose Neo·Relix film festival was held on the historic courthouse square August 26, 2010 – August 28, 2010. Well attended, the fest has been held every year since. 2015 is the first year the Neo·Relix Film Festival will be held in June.

In 2014 The Glen Rose Neo·Relix Film Festival took up residence at the historic Oakdale Park. Having the festival in a camp-like setting allows for more informal conversations, discussions and movie watching. GRNRFF is a truly unique experience.

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