The Heart of Texas

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The Heart of Texas
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mitchell Wright
Produced by Dan Patrick
Release date
  • November 1, 2008 (2008-11-01)
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English, Spanish, Chinese
Budget $75,000

The Heart of Texas is a 2008 American documentary film. The documentary is made up of individuals from Simonton, Texas, Fulshear, Texas and Wallis, Texas, where most of the film's participants reside. The film features Grover Norwood and Ulice Parker as the primary characters. On November 11, 2008, Plaid Shirt Pictures announced that the film would open in Houston area theaters on November 19, 2008.[1][2]


A sculptor does not use a 'manicure set' to reduce the crude, unshapely marble to a thing of beauty. The saw, the hammer and the chisel are cruel tools, but without them the rough stone must remain forever formless and unbeautiful. To do His supreme work of grace within you, God will take from your heart everything you love most. Everything you trust in will go from you. Piles of ashes will lie where your most precious treasures used to be!

— Aiden Wilson Tozer in the opening monologue of The Heart of Texas

The Heart of Texas is the story of Grover Norwood and Ulice Parker. When tragedy pierces the heart of a small community on the quiet Texas plains, its townspeople witness what can happen when grace and forgiveness triumph over anguish and outrage. Against the traffic of our crowded lives, a story of such forgiveness can seem more of a work of fiction...yet every moment of this story is true.[3]

Documentary interviewees[edit]

  • Grover Norwood
  • Jill Norwood
  • Ulice Parker
  • Carrie Parker
  • Rev. Steve Littlefield
  • Steve Norwood
  • Rev. Clay Spears
  • Rev. Nathaniel Hall
  • Larry Smith
  • Carol Smith
  • Wayne Vincent
  • Bruce Smith
  • Kerryl Ann Frank
  • Christopher Parker
  • Rachel Parker
  • Larry Nemec
  • Travis Koehn
  • David Fischer

Documentary references[edit]

  • Joy Norwood


The Heart of Texas was filmed for 12 nonconsecutive days between April 16, 2003 and November 3, 2007. The 2008 expanded and updated version of The Heart of Texas was shot in various locations, throughout Austin and Fort Bend Counties in south Texas.


The Heart of Texas has won several awards.

  • Best Documentary, WorldFest International Film Festival, 2009
  • Best Texas Film, WorldFest International Film Festival, 2009
  • Best of Show (Grand Remi Award), WorldFest International Film Festival, 2009
  • Best Feature Film, Castle Rock Film Festival 2009
  • Redemptive Storyteller Award Winner Redemptive Film Festival 2009
  • Best Feature Film Award Winner! Kingdomwood Film Festival 2009
  • Official Selection: Thin Line Film Festival 2010
  • Official Selection: Projecting Hope Film Festival 2009
  • Official Selection: Indie Spirit Film Festival, 2010
  • Official Selection: Gideon Media Arts Film Festival, 2010
  • Official Selection: Faith Film Festival, New York, 2010


The Heart of Texas was released on DVD in 2008. Included as special features are extended interviews, trailers, and promotional materials. In 2012 the DVD was updated with new Spanish and Chinese language tracks and subtitles.


  1. ^ Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ [1] Archived February 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2] Archived February 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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