Several hundred film lovers, directors, producers and others descended upon The Woodlands Events Center Thursday night, Feb. 13, for the opening VIP soiree of the fourth annual Inspire Film Festival. The festival began earlier Thursday night with a series of short films shown at an outdoor theater and concludes on Monday, Feb. 17, with a special showing of the documentary, “Enrie & Joe: Crisis Cops.”
Festival founder Jane Minarovic took to the stage along with festival board member Alex Bunch during Thursday’s event, discussing the impact of the 25 films at this year’s festival and explaining the theme of the 2020 event, “visionaries.” Both received racous applause from the crowd, which included stars of some of the films from this year and past festivals.
Food and beverages were catered by the popular local restaurant, The Grotto, and photographers were on hand to document the fun and good times with a special studio set up in a corner of the massive ballroom.
The highlight of the VIP party was the traditional fashion show that showcases films at the festival via homemade dresses. This year’s dresses were modeled by 12 local women, who carefully navigated the crowd in their elaborate gowns. One of the most stunning dresses was a homemade outfit depicting the documentary, “I want my MTV.” The dress was created by Minarovic, who began working on it in December, and included a working television embedded in the fabric.
Other notable dresses included: Model Sarah McWilliams flaunted the dress with the most gadgets, which represented the documentary film, “Mission Control” about the Apollo space program. Other dresses included a living vertical garden with live lettuce in it, worn by Izzy Ferber, and glitzy, gold gown with wings worn by Hailey Howard, representing the film “Detroit Hives and the last honey hunter.”