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Old Town Theater Festival highlights student films

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 10:09


The Houstonian

Student filmmakers took to the Old Town Theatre to display more than 10 films they directed, produced, and starred in during the course of the 202-2013 academic year.

The 2013 Old Town Theatre Film Festival featured films primarily produced by the Raven Films student organization.

Sophomore film major David Cullen said the event was a success for the organization and the mass communication department.

“It was good to see so many come out to support SHSU and Old Town Theatre,” Cullen said.

Some of the movies that were to be shown had a few technical issues, including the final two shows that couldn’t be shown because the DVD player at the venue overheated.

The final two minutes of “Sorhorrority Hill” was cut off because of the player, and “Illumenate”, the final show, was unable to be shown at all, ending the film festival early.

The president of Raven Films Fariha Alam introduced the films before they were shown. Films included “Cracker- Jack”, “Tooth Fairy”, “Sohorrority Hill” and “Ghost in the Machine.”

SHSU alumnus and director of “Ghost in the Machine” Gerald Morris, Jr., directed and starred in several films during his time at SHSU, including as a member of the crew that produced the film that won the 48-hour film festival in Houston.

“I’m really proud of what Raven Films and the mass communication department has accomplished since I graduated,” Morris said. “The work I saw was fantastic.”

Chair of the mass communication department Jean Bodon, Ph.D., also attended the event and welcomed the guests there. Bodon is an avid supporter of the film program and is an award-winning documentarian.


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