Deep in the Heart Film Festival announces 2020 program

The Deep in the Heart Film Festival announces its 2020 film program, including a selection of films, music videos, and screenplays coming to the Waco Hippodrome, Aug. 6-9. 
“With all that is going on in this world, it’s important for us to listen to each other’s stories — what better way than through film? We see Deep in the Heart as an opportunity to bring communities together,” says Samuel Thomas, artistic director. 
The fourth annual festival will attract artists and filmmakers from all over the world for four days packed with entertainment, learning, and the celebration of film as an art form.  
This year, with concerns over COVID-19, the festival will operate as a hybrid event, with live in-person screenings at the Waco Hippodrome, as well as an online streaming component.  
“We’re working with our venues and sponsors to host a safe and healthy event. We know our audience will make the best choices for themselves, and we are happy to be able to share these films with our Waco audience both in the theater and online.” says Thomas.  
Film highlights include: 
“Seven Short Films About (Our) Marriage” — Baylor University film professor Chris Hansen directs a tempestuous romantic drama in seven vignettes that chronicle an interracial marriage, telling a story of turmoil and tenderness as two people try to make their relationship last. This screening at the Deep in the Heart Film Festival will mark the first time local audiences will be able to see it on the big screen. It was filmed throughout Waco in 2018. Q&A with the director to follow. 
“Anna” — It’s the story of a single, middle-aged mother who lives in war-torn eastern Ukraine, raises her daughter, and desperately seeks change. “Anna” is a surprising short film with lots of heart and laughs. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the prestigious BAFTA award.
“Lockdown” — The threat of a shooting closes a middle school, but the true nature of the lockdown adds layers of depth and an exploration of self. This Sundance short film marks the return of alumni filmmakers Celine Held and Logan George, winners of last year’s Best Short Film, “Caroline.” 
“Dream With Me” — This feature-length Texas documentary follows Saba, one of more than 800,000 “Dreamers” who took advantage of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program) in 2012. Now, with the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA, her immigration status is once again in limbo, and Saba must face a new set of challenges.
Deep in the Heart celebrates excellence in independent film, both around the world and in Texas. Many of the films selected have played notable festivals, such as Cannes, Sundance, Austin, Clermont-Ferrand, and Cork.
We are proud to bring these quality films to Central Texas. Additionally, for the first time, Deep in the Heart will host live readings from its screenplay contest.
For a full list of films, videos, and screenplays, please visit our website,
About Deep in the Heart Film Festival
Set in Waco the Deep in the Heart Film Festival runs Aug. 6-9, 2020, and will feature engaging, independent short films, music videos, screenplays and features from Texas, the U.S., and the world. We want to inspire audiences, foster beneficial networking for filmmakers, and show all of our guests some authentic Texas hospitality.
For more information visit
About the Waco Hippodrome
The Waco Hippodrome Theatre is a 100-year-old theatre in the heart of downtown Waco. The theatre has survived many trials and tribulations including a fire and the devastating tornado of 1953. In 2012 the Hippodrome was bought and renovated after sitting vacant and dilapidated for several years. It reopened its doors in 2014 as a dine-in movie theatre, bar, restaurant, and entertainment venue featuring live music. The Hippodrome looks forward to serving its community for another 100 years. See what we have going on each day at and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @wacohippodrometheatre.
Samuel Z. P. Thomas 
Artistic Director 
Deep in the Heart Film Festival
712 Austin Ave
Waco, TX 76701

Extreme Pepper Experience June 25-July 31


The Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute is launching a new exciting experience for Dr Pepper super fans. The Extreme Pepper Experience is an exclusive tour of the entire Museum. Guests will hear the stories behind the legendary soft drink and see handpicked items pulled from the museum’s extensive collection.

Your Experience includes exclusive access to both historic museum buildings while an Expert Experience Guide gives you the inside scoop on your tour, including the best photo ops throughout the museum. You also get a glass bottle of Dr Pepper, a large Dr Pepper float, and your choice of four different Dr Pepper gear packs filled with awesome merchandise from the gift shop.

Plus, you get to flex your soda jerk skills and make your own Dr Pepper at our soda fountain. Each experience also includes hands-on time with historic collections items representing different aspects of the soft drink industry. 

WHEN – June 25 – July 31 before or after normal operating hours 

Thursday: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

WHERE – Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, 300 South 5th Street, Waco

COST – $125 per ticket (limit 6 per group) 

Tickets must be purchased online in advance. 

About the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute: Built in 1906, Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Co. was the first building dedicated to the manufacturing of Dr Pepper. Creating a Dr Pepper Museum was the vision of a few devoted enthusiasts of both Dr Pepper and its history. Artesian became the Dr Pepper Museum in 1989, then the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute in 1997. Today, it is the museum’s largest artifact and a tribute to the imagination and talent that fueled Dr Pepper’s success throughout the years. 

MCC prepares for safe start to fall semester


McLennan Community College is diligently preparing for the Fall 2020 semester as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

MCC is finalizing guidelines to ensure a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and all campus visitors. These guidelines will include smaller class sizes and proper cleaning techniques.

Due to everchanging and new restrictions set by federal, state, and local governments, MCC acknowledges a possibility that some or all fall classes may go fully online for a period of time. In preparation, the college has adjusted all face-to-face classes to blended/hybrid formats to allow for an easy transition, if necessary.

Students in blended/hybrid classes will experience instruction both in a traditional classroom setting and online formats, including through Zoom videoconferencing. These classes will be accessible to all students through MCC’s online platforms.

Campus computer labs will continue to support students with technology needs as most services will continue to be offered primarily in online formats.