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Film Program To Bring ‘Texas’s Best’ To SHSU

Nov. 6, 2013
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

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The Sam Houston State University film program and Raven Films will present the “Best of Texas-Made Short Films” on Thursday (Nov. 14), beginning at 6 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater.

The program will include a reception from 5-6 p.m. in the GPAC lobby, followed by a discussion by deputy director of the Houston Film Commission Alfred Cervantes and a screening of a collection of the “Best of Texas-made short films of 2013,” as selected by a jury panel.

“Alfred Cervantes will give a wonderful presentation on filmmaking in Texas and regionally in the Houston area,” said Tom Garrett, associate professor of film. “He will highlight everything from working with the film commission, understanding Texas rebates for producers and crew, and how to get one's career started—whether a filmmaker, crew member, service provider, actor or actress, etc.”

A Sneak Peak

2013 Houston Film Commission's Filmmaker's Showcase trailer from Houston Film Commission on Vimeo.

The “Best of Texas” showcase will include at least five films currently screening throughout the region, which “represent the creative, bold filmmaking that comes from Texas,” Garrett said. The presentations range from six minutes to 27 minutes each.

Those short films include “Hellion,” by award-winning filmmaker Kat Candler, which is being developed as a feature film and was a Sundance Creative Producing Lab participant; “Little Lions,” the directorial debut of Tony Costello, about a “boy who’s just starting to figure it out;” and “Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John,” a short documentary by Angela and Mark Walley, who followed the artist Valdez, as he created a series of works dedicated to his childhood best friend John Holt Jr., an Army combat medic who died in 2009 after serving in Iraq.

The presentations also include “Cork’s Cattlebarron,” by Eric Steele, about two men who sit down for a life-changing steak dinner in Omaha; and, finally, “The Garden and the Wilderness,” by Craig Whitney, a “poetic re-imagining of the Western genre” that “examines the dramatic themes of life on the frontier, refracted through the lens of 21st century realities.”

Cervantes’s duty with the film commission is to promote the greater Houston area to film producers, production executives and independent filmmakers, to scout locations, and facilitate any production's local filming experience.

A native Houstonian, he has worked in various capacities in film for the past 20 years and has worked on and brought many films to the area, including Reality Bites, The Chase, Jason's Lyric, Apollo 13, Powder and thousands of commercials and TV programs.

“Deputy film commissioner Alfred Cervantes is a friend and should be a friend of all filmmakers or media professionals in the area,” Garrett said. “He is inspiring and shares what students need to hear to get their careers on track.”

Event admission is free.

For more information, contact Garrett at tomgarrett@shsu.edu or 936.294.1344.

 

 

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