One of the very cool things that happens in Bryan every year is the Red Wasp Film Festival, which began in 2003. Founders Carol and Craig Conlee held the first festivals at 7F Lodge in Wellborn.

In 2006 Brazos Progressives partnered with Carol and Craig, and the festival moved to Conlee Auctions in downtown Bryan, TX, and 2008 the festival moved to Stage Center.

Carol Conlee came up with the name. When they owned 7F Lodge, where the first festivals were held. during the spring, the red wasps would return in droves, so Carol decided to make the “pesky” wasps part of the festival. It was one of her ways of making peace with her surroundings. She swears that although the wasps are still present in the environment during the spring they don’t bother her any more.

Since 2006 The Festival has been under the capable direction of Krista May who has done a stellar job making sure that it has grown in stature and quality of film every year.  Red Wasp 2013 will happen Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, 2013, at StageCenter Theater in downtown Bryan. More information about film submissions, screening schedules, sponsors, and ticket information will be posted soon at redwasp.org. Stay tuned