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Al Reinert featured guest at Nacogdoches Film Festival

December 8, 2016—Two films that earned Academy Award nominations for screenwriter and director Al Reinert will be featured as part of Saturday's lineup Feb. 25 at the Nacogdoches Film Festival.

The documentary film, For All Mankind, by two-time Academy Award nominee and Texas A&M graduate Al Reinert will be shown Saturday evening on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Director Ron Howard later hired Reinert to write the screenplay for his then-upcoming film project Apollo 13, which earned an Oscar nomination.

In preparation for making the documentary, Reinert watched more than six million feet of footage shot during the Apollo mission and picked out the best. Rather than being a newsy, fact-filled documentary, Reinert focuses on the human aspects of the space flights. The only voices heard in the film are the voices of the astronauts and mission control, and Reinert uses the astronauts' own words from interviews and from the mission footage. Levie Isaacks, A.S.C., the cinematographer for the widely-acclaimed documentary film, will also be in attendance. Following the screening of the film, there will be a Q&A session with Reinert and Isaacks.

Saturday night will continue with the manned spaceflight theme with the showing of the Academy Award winning film, Apollo 13. Based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit; however, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts survival and their safe return to Earth. Reinert and dolly grip Jeff "Moose" Howery will have a Q&A session after the Apollo 13 showing on the SFA campus.

Saturday is packed with a wide variety of stimulating activities for film aficionados. At 10 a.m. the best entries from the short film competition will be shown at the Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches. On the SFA campus, a series of panel discussions on various aspects of filmmaking will be presented throughout the day featuring film industry professionals sharing their insights and expertise. Typically, topics such as cinematography, acting, editing techniques, documentary filmmaking, legal issues, how to get your story to the screen and how to make a short film on a budget will be included. Each session will have a moderator and will be open for questions from the audience.

The best short film entries will be shown at the Upstage Theater in the SFA College of Fine Arts building while the top ten entries in the high school short film category will be shown at the theater in the Film Program building. The activities for the high school film attendees will also include a guided tour of the SFA Film Programs.

Saturday afternoon will culminate with a formal awards ceremony for the winners of the Short Film, Feature Film and the High School competitions. Winners of the three film competitions will be notified by Feb. 12.

The 6th annual Nacogdoches Film Festival will be held Feb. 24-26, 2017. For more information, final lineup and tickets, visit www.NacogdochesFilmFestival.org.

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

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 Runnin’, 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 www.NacogdochesFilmFestival.org.

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

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 www.NacogdochesFilmFestival.org 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.

The Nacogdoches Film Festival (Nacogdoches Art Alliance) is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose goal is to raise scholarship money for film students attending Stephen F. Austin State University, as well as to provide financial support for the SFA Film program’s annual Summer Feature Film production, where SFA students experience firsthand the making of a full-length feature film.

All members of the Nacogdoches Film Festival are volunteers who receive no financial compensation for their efforts. All proceeds, after festival expenses, go toward scholarships and the annual student feature film project.