Four feature films created by SFA alumni will be shown at the ninth annual Nacogdoches Film Festival Feb. 20-22 at the Fredonia Hotel.
Following each film will be a question-and-answer panel with the film directors and participants. Audience members will get to learn about the steps that took place during the production process and can ask any questions they may have about the films.
Other films will also be featured during the festival, including the winners of the 2020 High School Short Film competition.
“40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic” will be the first feature film, playing at 6 p.m. Thursday. The film, a documentary about the process of creating “Rocky,” was directed by alumnus Derek Wayne Johnson and narrated by Sylvester Stallone. Johnson was personally picked by Stallone to direct and produce the film.
“Glenn’s Gotta Go” is a 2017 SFA student summer film. It will be shown at 8:15 p.m. Friday. It is a dark comedy about a college student who is forced to live with his grandmother and her new husband for the summer. The film was written by SFA alumnus and lecturer Brad Maule and directed by Cinematographer Levie Isaacks.
“To be featured in the Nacogdoches Film Festival is a wonderful honor because it helps raise scholarships for our film students,” Maule said. “As we all watch ‘Glenn’s Gotta Go’ for the first time with an audience, it will be an exhilarating roller coaster of emotion.”
“Glenn’s Gotta Go” was not only created by students, but also stars student actors.
Tyler Arnold, senior theatre major from Nacogdoches, played the lead character, Dustin, who is trying to find his place in the world.
“Honestly, it’s kind of unreal,” Arnold said. “Acting on camera was a first for me and definitely something I had to adjust to. It was an incredible experience though simply because of the great people I got to work with and learn from. It was a great month of filming and a summer I will never forget.”
“Let’s Kill Mom” will play at 10:15 p.m. Friday. The film is directed by alumnus Buddy Ketelle as part of SFA’s 2018 summer feature program. Ketelle said the film is a dark comedy about two siblings who plan on murdering their mother for their inheritance.
“I’ve always been fascinated by stories about seemingly normal, unremarkable people that end up committing crimes and the unforeseen consequences their actions often have,” Ketelle said. “I think that greed and that kind of entitlement are very tangible and relatable flaws, more than we’d like to admit, and there’s something very compelling about that.”
“The In-Between” will be shown at 9 p.m. Saturday. The film is about two women who head out on a road trip with different missions, and it is directed by alumna Mindy Bledsoe and co-written by alumnus Rob Senska and “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Jennifer Stone.
For ticket information and event schedule, visit www. nacogdochesfilmfestival.com.