The Victoria Film Society was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten and enrich South Texas through film screenings, workshops and events. The Victoria Film Society Inc. was formed Oct. 28, 2015 and founded by Carolina Astrain, Russell Fowler and Joe Friar. The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, owned and operated by Victoria College, entered into a one-year agreement with the Victoria Film Society . Per the agreement, Victoria College receives a share of ticket sales revenue, which goes to the maintenance, labor costs of the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. The Victoria Film Society seeks to bring films to Victoria and Crossroads residents that they wouldn't be able to see without making a two-hour drive to one of the three surrounding major cities. The Victoria Film Society aims to provide screenings year-round and in various locations around the community. Want to make a contribution? Click on the PayPal button in the corner to make your tax-deductible gift today.
Carolina Astrain President
Russell Fowler Vice President

Carolina Astrain is a museum assistant at the Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art and former education reporter for The Victoria Advocate, where she produced a weekly news podcast. Before moving to Victoria in 2012, she worked as the newsroom coordinator for Minnesota Public Radio and produced videos as a freelancer for American Public Media. Carolina was a film studies minor and majored in broadcast journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  As a student, she attended the True/False Film Fest in Columbia each year and covered screenings and events for the student newspaper, The Maneater, and KBIA 91.3 FM, the college's National  Public Radio-affiliate station. She is a member of the Junior League of Victoria and the Victoria Alliance. Her favorite films include "The 400 Blows," "Central Station," and "Lost in Translation."

Russell Fowler is a program director for Victoria RadioWorks, which carries signals for several stations including KVIC, KITE and KBAR. On most Friday and Saturday nights he can be found at Greeks 205 playing music videos.  A lifelong film fan, his favorite directors are the Andersons, Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson.  His favorite movie is "Annie Hall."


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