Fort Worth Convention and visitors Bureau Blog

Buoyed by Facebook’s Fort Worth Data Center, an Amazon fulfillment center, Alliance Airport, Texas Motor Speedway and other economic drivers, the Alliance area in North Fort Worth is a major development and employer for Fort Worth. Alliance’s booming population has drawn trendy retail stores and a wide range of dining and entertainment options that serve locals and tourists. 
In mid-2009, Louie the Singer left a lucrative music tour to return home to Fort Worth to raise his then two-year-old son. The decision to leave Los Angeles is one that Louie said he doesn’t regret. Now a father of four, the songwriter, performer, and producer is preparing to co-headline Centro Popular at Wild Acre Live, the new music stage near Wild Acre Brewing Company. 
Ask residents of Fort Worth about Viola Pitts and you will likely hear about her tireless efforts to use voting to effect change. Ask people in west Fort Worth’s former resort community of Como who she was, and you will hear a more nuanced and personal description for the passionate activist known affectionately as “the unofficial mayor” of Como. 
This guide to “12 Mighty Orphans” filming locations is written by one of the film’s associate producers, guest blogger Anne Fleitas.  Fans of the film can enjoy touring the real-life locations in Fort Worth at their leisure.   This sports film, starring Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall, tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes--or even a football--to playing for the Texas State Championships. We always knew we wanted to shoot in Fort Worth, where the true story took place. Creating an authentic portrayal of Depression-era Fort Worth was no easy task, but with help from the Fort Worth Film Commission, we had access to some truly amazing and historical locations, which ultimately set the scene for the story director Ty Roberts wanted to tell.