‘Hope’, a film written and executive produced by Houston filmmaker, Charles Irving, and directed by daughter, Lakisha Lemons, was chosen as the official closer for the WorldFest Houston 49th Annual International Independent Film Festival Sunday night at AMC Theaters on Dunvale.
Hope’s selection marks the first time an African American and faith-based film has been chosen to close the iconic film festival. Founded in 1968, WorldFest is the oldest independent film festival in the world, and the third oldest film festival in North America.
The festival kicked off on April 8 and concluded Sunday night with the screening of “Hope” which is the story of a young man who hits rock bottom and finds himself with nowhere to turn. With the loss of all hope, desire and motivation, he slowly rebuilds his life through faith and trust in God.
Awards for entries submitted in the festival are given when scores from the juries are high enough to place for honors. Overall only 15-20 percent of the total category entries actually win an award at WorldFest, according to coordinators.
The father/daughter duo and cast and crew celebrated as the film garnered a Gold Remi Award for best Christian independent film.
The pair, who each run their own film production companies, are headed to Los Angeles to work on a new film, entitled “True Example.”
Houston filmmaker and executive producer, Charles Irving talks about his independent film, ‘Hope’, at 49th Annual WorldFest Houston International Independent Film Festival.