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San Jacinto College
News Release
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

College’s festival to feature student works of new film, video program


PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College (SJC) Central department of theatre and film will host a film festival that will feature short films from local video artists, as well as short films by students in the Central Campus’ new film and video program.


The productions will be shown on Friday, Oct. 28 starting at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 12 a.m. in the Slocomb Auditorium, 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. The content of the films are rated as adult entertainment and are not suitable for young audiences. Admission is $10 per person, with proceeds going to fund student scholarships.


Short horror films by SJC students will be featured on both nights of the festival. The student films were part of the Splatterfest Festival and Competition, held recently at the Alamo Draft House in Houston. “The teams that entered the competition were given three elements to be implemented into their films: a character, a weapon and a line of dialogue,” commented SJC film and video professor Molly Vernon. “They had to write, shoot, edit, and score a short horror film within 54 hours.”


Also showing on both nights of the festival will be a short film “Garage Band: the Mini Musical” by guest director Chuck Norfolk (Lucky Chucky Productions), an award-winning director and screenwriter. The film follows the rise and fall of a garage band, and features appearances by several SJC students.


SJC launched a new associate degree video and film program at the start of the Fall semester to provide training for anyone interested in either the acting or the technical production area of the video and film industry. “The unique program is the only one of its kind in Texas, a program that blends training in live theatre and recorded media (film),” commented Dr. Jerry Ivins, chair of the Central Campus department of theatre and film. “Students have opportunities to direct, construct and/or perform in stage productions, as well as, write, produce and/or act in their own videos.”


About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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