The following films have been selected for showing at the 2019 Nacogdoches Film Festival. This year's theme is "Texans in the Film Business" and focuses on the early years of a filmmaker's career.




  • SPECIAL PROGRAM — The Nacogdoches Film Festival will kick off on Thursday evening with a special program tentatively entitled "Behind the Scenes of SFA's Film Program," presented by award-winning director Derek Wayne Johnson, SFA Film Program faculty member Peyton Paulette, and SFA Film Program founder Bill Arscott and featuring short films and snippets by current and former SFA film students.


  • Less  — Thursday evening will continue with the showing of Less, the WINNER of 2019 Documentary Short Film Competition, directed by Isabelle Levent.  SYNOPSIS: Two members of Generation Z expound on their values and habits as they redefine minimalism in a world of consumption, technology, and information overload. NOTE: An award ceremony will precede the film's showing.



  • Desert Shores — The Nacogdoches Film Festival will finish off on Thursday evening with Desert Shores, the WINNER of 2019 FEATURE FILM Competition, directed by Michael Stevantoni.  SYNOPSIS: Hoping to convince his wife that a promotion across the country could change their lives, Brian takes her on a trip to a faded resort town where they once honeymooned. Here, Brian is forced to examine his own marriage, fears, and integrity. NOTE: An award ceremony will precede the film's showing.



  • The Porcelains — The Nacogdoches Film Festival will kick off our Friday evening with the showing of The Porcelains, the WINNER of 2019 NacFilmFest SHORT FILM competition, directed by Jacob Sizemore.  SYNOPSIS:  The film is a chilling tale of the lengths an outcast, Bianca, goes through to be accepted by the most popular group of girls in high school.



  • SPECIAL PROGRAM — The Nacogdoches Film Festival will kick off Friday evening with a special program entitled "A Lifetime in Comedy," a retrospective look at the life and career of award-winning comedienne and national treasure, Texas' own Ruth Buzzi, emceed by our very own Brad Maule, who will be interviewing Ruth and her husband, Kent Perkins on stage, interspersed with short film clips from Ruth's long history in show business.



  • Tejano — The final movie on Friday evening will be Tejano, the feature film directorial debut of Austin-based filmmaker David Blue Garcia, which recently won the Audience Award at the Dallas Film Festival. David Blue Garcia won an Emmy in 2011 for his camera work on the NBC Ironman World Championship filmed in Hawaii.  SYNOPSIS:  Desperate for money to save his sick Grandfather, a South Texas farmhand resorts to the extreme — he breaks his own arm to smuggle a cast made of cocaine across the Mexican border.  OFFICIAL TRAILER

NOTE: There will be a short Q&A session after the film, where director David Blue Garcia will be present to answer questions from the audience.



  • Sons of Thunder —  The Saturday afternoon films will kick off with Episode One ("Mi Casa Es Su Casa") of the new television series, Sons of Thunder, on Pureflix.com, about an ex-biker named Simon (played by Randall Reeder), who motorcycles across the country, helping those God puts in his path, while searching for the owner of a mysterious bag he never lets out of his sight.  SYNOPSIS:In a Texas border town, Simon prevents cartel thugs from kidnapping a local rancher's son. Grateful, the hardnosed rancher gives Simon a much needed job. While patrolling fences, God's greater plan is revealed when Simon comes across a woman fleeing from heavily armed men. But bringing her back to the ranch runs at odds with the rancher, who wants no fight with the cartel soldiers determined to drag her back to Mexico.

NOTE: There will be a short Q&A session after the film, where producer/actor Michael Kruger and actor Randal Reeder will be present to answer questions from the audience.



  • ARSCOTT INTERVIEW — This year's theme will be Three Generations of SFA Filmmakers, as we present an informal interview with award-winning documentary film director and SFA graduate Derek Wayne Johnson and producer (and SFA graduate) Chris May, in a format similar to James Lipton's iconic "Inside the Actor's Studio"). Longtime Hollywood actor, SFA graduate and current SFA faculty member Brad Maule will conduct the interview, which is named in honor of SFA Film Program Founder Bill Arscott.



  • John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs — Award-winning director Derek Wayne Johnson, a graduate of SFA's Film Program, wrote and directed this examination of the Oscar-winning director who brought to life some of cinema's most beloved motion pictures. SYNOPSIS:  John G. Avildsen's films have inspired millions of 'underdogs' and shaped popular culture for decades, yet most people don't even know his name. Discover the unknown legend behind Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984) in this official biography about a prolific filmmaker who directed seven actors to Academy Award nominations and earned his own Oscar for Best Director.  OFFICIAL TRAILER.

NOTE: There will be a short Q&A session after the film, where director Derek Wayne Johnson will be present to answer questions from the audience.



  • SHORT FILMS — In addition to the films listed above, the winning films in the 2019 Short Film Competition and the 2019 Music Video Competition will also be shown on Friday evening.



Films Being Shown at 2019 NacFilmFest