"Go-Go's" star Jane Wiedlin serves as juror, host during film fest
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Sunday at Johnson Symposium
Noon - "Incredibly Small"
2 p.m. - "Here and There"
Jane Wiedlin is a self-proclaimed movie fanatic.
She came to Victoria from San Francisco to serve as a juror for the first Victoria TX Independent Film Festival. It's taken the "Go-Go's" star a few months to watch every movie, but she was pleasantly surprised with the result.
"These people are making good movies without making money," she said.
Wiedlin said she goes with her gut making a decision about a movie. The former design college student was particularly impressed with the drive and ambition of the children in "Make Believe."
"These kids are on a different planet," she said.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient was impressed with the magical sensations' drive at such a young age.
Wiedlin met festival organizer Anthony Pedone on the set of the documentary "Casserole Club" last year.
Wiedlin, who also acted in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and other films, said she participated in the festival because of a positive working relationship with the Victoria filmmaker.
Xavier Rashid, the documentary program director, flew across the Atlantic Ocean, after meeting Pedone last year. As a film aficionado, he understands the power of a making a film.
"It's the most powerful medium," he said, and added it should be handled with care.
The London-based filmmaker said he's been pleased with the quality and quantity of films in Victoria.
"It's so rare to have this many filmmakers at a festival," he said.
Rashid is glad he doesn't have to judge the films.
Wiedlin said her subcommittee met over Facebook to discuss the movies. She didn't always get her way at the end.
Not only is the girl rocker still performing with her original all-girl band. Wiedlin has delved into indie films.
Her recent project, "The Pyrex Glitch," is a science-fiction comedy about finding a new home after Earth is destroyed.
The robotic instructor teaches all the wrong lessons because of the gaffe in her programming.
After making 15 films, she's learning more about the process.
"I'm becoming more comfortable in the film world," she said.
After joining the indie film community a few years ago, Wiedlin has learned to wear many hats and has helped Pedone in various capacities.
The Wisconsin native appreciated the involvement of the Crossroads community during the Q-and-A segments.
"The audience has been really good about contributing to the discussion," she said.