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


2017 Nacogdoches Film Festival Dates Announced

October 19, 2016—The Nacogdoches Art Alliance (NAA) is pleased to announce the sixth annual Nacogdoches Film Festival will be held this coming February 24–26, 2017.

Headlining the Festival will be two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and director Al Reinert. Reinhart’s, For All Mankind, won the 1989 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for documentary films and was also nominated for an Academy Award. That film led director Ron Howard to hire him several years later to write the screenplay for his blockbuster film, Apollo 13, for which Reinert earned a second Oscar nomination.

This year, the Festival will expand to three days, kicking off with a VIP party on Friday at the Charles Bright Visitor Center in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Friday evening films will be shown at Lamp-Lite Playhouse with Saturday’s events being hosted on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Sunday’s events will be held at the Cole Art Center (formerly the Old Opera House) in downtown Nacogdoches.

An important element of the Nacogdoches Film Festival experience is the Q&A period following the showing of each film, where attendees are able to ask questions of industry professionals who actually took part in the making of that particular film.

Festival organizers will be finalizing the lineup of movies and industry guests over the next couple of months, so be sure to visit and follow the film festival on Facebook for more details about the 2017 Nacogdoches Film Festival.

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