2014 Nacogdoches Film Festival Summary

2014 Nacogdoches Film Festival Summary

The 2014 Nacogdoches Film Festival was held on February 20-22, 2014 at Banita Creek Hall.


The following films were featured:

Barbecue: A Texas Love Story
An effervescent documentary about Texas’ passion for barbecue. The film is narrated by former Texas Governor Ann Richards.

Broken Blood
By American film director and producer Derek Wayne Johnson, a graduate of the filmmaking program at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Dazed and Confused
A classic coming of age film set in East Texas directed by Houston native and Austin resident Richard Linklater, the story follows various groups of teenagers during the last day of school before summer vacation in 1976. The movie stars then-unknown actors Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck.

Writer’s Block
A short film by Brandon Polanco of Austin, which stars Bryan Cranston. Polanco is a graduate of the theatre program at Stephen F. Austin State University.

For the Love of Books
A documentary by filmmaker William Torgerson that chronicles Torgerson’s journey from New York City to Jefferson, Texas (where the movie was filmed) in order to attend Kathy Patrick and the Pulpwood Queens’ annual “Girlfriend Weekend.”

We Are What We Are
Written and directed by Jim Mickle, We Are What We Are was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. Mickle is a frequent collaborator with Joe R. Lansdale of Nacogdoches.

The following is a list of film industry guests & performers:

  • Derek Wayne Johnson — director and producer of Broken Blood
  • Jim Mickle — director of We Are What We Are
  • Kathy (Patrick) Murphy — founder and organizer of the annual Pulpwood Queens Book Club Girlfriend’s Weekend
  • Brandon Polanco — writer and director of Writer’s Block


The following is a list of winners in the 2014 Short Film Competition:

  • 1st Place — James McMahan
  • 2nd Place — Justin Herring
  • 3rd Place — Baby's Breath by Latifa Albokhari
  • Broken Brick — Daniel May
  • People’s Choice — Televerite by Peyton Paulette