We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Tyrha M., can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Being the Founder and Lead Producer for the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival as well as for the additional film festivals that we produce across the globe, our cinematic celebrations work every day to live by our mission of being “dedicated to empowering the creative spirit, serving with heart, and celebrating all.” In addition, we leverage the power of storytelling in films and more to open hearts and minds. So, ultimately, with the transformational power of films, we work to make an impact to positively change attitudes and behaviors so we can all treat each other better, give each other the benefit of the doubt more, and love on each other a little better.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Producing film festivals are not easy. However, their impact can be wide and long lasting for a community. Having been producing international film festivals since 2013 across the U.S., I have witnessed the wonderful impact of storytelling on audiences as well as the impact film festivals have on the lives of upcoming filmmakers. For the former, audiences get introduced to new stories that can provoke thought and ignite conversations. For the latter, having a film in a film festival helps a young filmmaker build his/her resume and more.

Film festivals also can have a positive economic impact on the city that hosts the festival. In Waco, we have certainly witnessed this with the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival. After our first film festival in 2020, we impressed one of our festival winners in such a way that they moved all of their production from Los Angeles to Waco. Currently, they are in the process of building sound stages in Waco and will shoot three movies in Waco beginning In August 2021!

I am definitely most proud of this achievement. Yet, growing an event like a film festival is not easy. You have to overcome financial challenges and community challenges to get persons interested in supporting a film festival. Nevertheless, you have to have perseverance and passion to overcome all of the obstacles. Even during a global pandemic, we were able to produce a safe film festival event complete with drive-in movie screenings and online screenings.

At the end of the day, passion, purpose, and perseverance is what keeps me going with our film festival events. We are committed to doing our part to make this world a better place. This is at the heart of our brand story.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Waco, my favorite spots include relaxing along Lake Waco while eating brunch at Ridgewood County Club. Checking out Cameron Park Zoo, Then, lunch at Tru Jamaica Restaurant is always sooooo delicious. Afterwards, antique shopping along Austin Ave, LaSalle or Bosque is great and spending dinner at Milo’s All Day Cafe. On Fridays after a long work week, Z’s at the Curry is the best upscale lounge spot. Plus, when Baylor football is in season, there is nothing like a fun game at McClane Stadium. I could go on… there’s Magnolia’s new expansion and the new upscale wine bar that is coming to downtown Waco inside The Containery called, “Marie’s,” that I am super excited to visit!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Would love to first shoutout my husband, Sidney Warren, for his love and tremendous support of me and the film festival endeavors.

Next, a huge shoutout to the Founding Partner of the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival, which is TFNB Your Bank for Life. David Littlewood and Jason Lavender saw the vision of the festival from the beginning and have continued to support the effort.

Website: www.wacofilmfest.org

Instagram: @tyrhamlindsey

Linkedin: Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren

Twitter: @tyrhamarie

Facebook: Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival

Youtube: Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival

Other: We also have a new podcast on Spotify called, “Reel Values, Real News.”

Image Credits
Photos courtesy of L.A.I. Communications.

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