Hi, I'm Brad Maule for the Nacogdoches Film Festival, and, you know, one of the things that the film festival does for us is provide scholarships for film students, and it also helps to fund our summer feature.

This summer, we did Sins of the Father, which was written by Ethan Cartwright—a graduate student here at SFA—and he was mentored by Levie Issacks, who is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and who has worked for studios out in Los Angeles: Paramount, MGM, Universal, all of those studios. He did Dawson's Creek, he's done many, many television shows and films, and he was our cinematographer and assisted the students in learning this summer.

That's a very important part of the Nacogdoches Film Festival, and you can become a part of it, if you'd like, and help us out. There are several options you can do: you can become a donor to the film festival itself and help the scholarship fund. Or, even better, you can buy a pass to the film festival, or a VIP pass, and go to all of the parties and just come and watch movies with us. But anyway that you help, it helps a film student here, and it helps our film program grow bigger and bring film to East Texas.

Our film festival for 2017 is February 24th, 25th and 26th right here in Nacogdoches. I hope you'll join me and all of the others.

—Brad Maule, Nacogdoches Film Festival


Nacogdoches Film Festival announces Friday night lineup

November 15, 2016—The Nacogdoches Film Festival will kick off on Friday evening, Feb. 24, with the annual VIP party, which will be held in the heart of downtown at the historic Charles Bright Visitor Center. VIP Pass holders will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with guest filmmakers in an informal atmosphere before the Friday evening film.

Following the party, Two Trains Running, a documentary set in Mississippi during the height of the American civil rights movement about the search for two forgotten blues singers, will be shown at the Lamp-Lite Playhouse. Texas native Christopher North scored the music for the film and the screenplay was written by Benjamin Hedin. Both North and Hedin have confirmed their attendance at the Nacogdoches Film Festival. Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A session involving both guests.

The second film of the evening will be the feature film, Camino, a dark comedy about two slackers who steal a cooler looking for booze but, instead, find two human kidneys inside. Camino, the 2015 Stephen F. Austin State University Film Program summer film project, was directed by SFA graduate student Justin Herring and was completely produced by current SFA students. The annual summer film project is an integral part of SFA’s filmmaking program. Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A session involving various individuals involved in the making of this film.

The 6th annual Nacogdoches Film Festival will be held Feb. 24-26, 2017. Tickets are available online at

Contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau for travel accommodations at 888-564-7351.