To mark the 4th anniversary of the Fort Worth Film Commission, Visit Fort Worth announced results from its film and music initiatives, designed to help market the city while growing the local creative class. The governor’s Texas Film Commission and Texas Music Office participated in the announcement November 13 at Backlot Studio and Workspace.
Fort Worth Film Commission
The Fort Worth Film Commission was recognized by the Texas Film Commission, Office of the Governor, with a proclamation for the impact of its first four years as a regional film commission, generating an economic impact of $47 million and supporting 4,000 jobs.
- The Film Commission has had a hand in five films that have debuted at major international film festivals. Its biggest catch: landing production of the feature film 12 Mighty Orphans, the story of a Fort Worth football team filming in Fort Worth. The film stars Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall.
- Commercials for Kia, Ford, Nissan and more
- TV shows including Flip or Flop Fort Worth, One of a Kind on HGTV and DIY Network’s Texas Flip and Move
- Feature films A Ghost Story, Old Man & The Gun, The Last Whistle (Netflix), Never Goin' Back (Amazon Prime), Miss Juneteenth (2020 release)
- Solange Knowles’ music video, The Bridge (M2G) and much more
The Fort Worth Film Commission is launching a grant program to help Fort Worth filmmakers enter festivals, covering up to $1,000 for entry fees and travel expenses. To apply, visit FilmFortWorth.com. Details will be available online December 1.
A new advertising campaign will feature unique filming locations around the city to attract more productions from around Texas, Los Angeles and NYC. The campaign was filmed by 12 Midnight, which produced Abraham Alexander’s popular music video Stay. Click here to watch the videos.
Hear Fort Worth
25 Years of the Toadies Rubberneck Album
24 Travel Grants
4 Niles City Sound Studio Session Musicians
Fort Worth-based musicians the Toadies were recognized with two proclamations for their achievements in the past two decades. Mayor Betsy Price declared December 30th as official Toadies Day in Fort Worth and Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor by Steven Ray presented a proclamation to recognize the 25th anniversary of the album Rubberneck.
Over the past year, Hear Fort Worth awarded 24 travel grants to musicians to spread Fort Worth sounds to Nashville, Chicago, London, New York, Germany and many more. The travel grant program will be back for 2020 to continue to get Fort Worth musicians on the road.
Last year Hear Fort Worth partnered with Niles City Sound to create Niles City Sound Studio Sessions - an opportunity for four, emerging local musicians to record a single. The four musicians chosen are: Ronnie Heart, Summer Dean, Nice Major, and Jakob Robertson.