2020 NacFilmFest - Films Being Shown

Films Showing at 2020 NacFilmFest

The full slate of films selected for showing at the 2020 Nacogdoches Film Festival will be announced over the coming months.

Immediately following the showing of each film, there will be a brief question and answer period featuring individual(s) who participated in the making of that particular film.

The following is a list of films (in alphabetical order) that have been selected for showing thus far at the 2020 NacFilmFest. Please note that more films will be added over the next few months.

  • SPECIAL PROGRAM — "A Conversation With George Foreman" will be a live, in-person conversation with Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World, successful entrepreneur and minister George Foreman, who will sit down with his friend, entertainment producer and publisher of Around the Town, David Stallings, and share the story of his extraordinary and inspirational life. From his childhood in Marshall, Texas, his time as an amateur and professional boxer where he achieved worldwide fame, to his life as a successful entrepreneur and businessman—all the while balancing the responsibilities for ministering to his congregation in Houston— George Foreman is an American icon who returned to his roots in East Texas. The program will include a short video produced by SFA film Student Armando Silvas.

  • All Hail the Popcorn King — a documentary film about award-winning author and screenwriter Joe R. Lansdale, directed by Hansi Oppenheimer. Lansdale shares stories from his life and career in Nacogdoches, Texas, while a wide range of artists and fans, including Joe Hill, Mick Garris, Brian Keene, Bruce Campbell, Don Coscarelli, and more, share what they love the most about the man and his work. All Hail the Popcorn King paints a vivid picture of iconoclastic creator Joe R. Lansdale, who isn’t just a talented writer, but seems to be a genuinely good person, to boot. The interviews included here are in such a down-to-earth, conversational manner that you can’t help but just get drawn in by his charisma and sense of humor. CREDIT: Psycho Drive-In. OFFICIAL TRAILER

  • Astronaut (by Jelly Bean) — WINNER of the 2020 NacFilmFest Music Video Competition, Astronaut is a no budget Space Odyssey, a voyage into the imaginary world of a hero who, night after night, explores the universe seeking for a safe haven. Directed by Pierre Ponchant of La Chapelle-d'Armentières, France.

  • 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic — Directed by SFA alum Derek Wayne Johnson, this soon-to-be-released documentary is narrated by Sylvester Stallone and details the making of the original film through his narration of John Avildsen's behind the scenes footage, rehearsal footage and home movies, some of which was used in the film, John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs, but a lot that is never before been seen. Sly handpicked Derek to direct and produce it and the film was recently sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for release on their cable and streaming channel, Epix. It will also soon be on airlines and digital download.  OFFICIAL TRAILER.

  • Glenn's Gotta Go — in the 2017 SFA Student Summer Feature Film, written by Brad Maule and directed by Levie Isaacks, ASC, Dustin just wanted to enjoy his first summer off from college at home in East Texas, he never dreamed he'd have to save his grandmother, Polly (Ruth Buzzi of Rowan & Martin's Laugh In fame), from a killer con-man she met on a four-day cruise out of Galveston.  Independence Day takes on a whole new meaning in this dark East Texas comedy of mobile homes, fireworks, a beauty queen mother, two nosy sisters, a criminal new husband and a dog named, Destiny.  Murder, family and rabbit for dinner makes for a tasty movie. PRESENTED BY Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art.

  • Let's Kill Mom — in the 2018 SFA Student Summer Feature Film, written and directed by Buddy Ketelle for his MFA thesis, two estranged siblings (Logan Ward and Madison Laird) reunite as adults to plot the murder of their antagonistic mother (Jody Ryan) in hopes of getting ahold of a large inheritance. Along the way, they find themselves in over their heads as their simple plan has unforeseen consequences. Hilarity (and carnage) ensue in this dark comedy full of colorful characters.

  • Lion Killer — WINNER of the 2020 NacFilmFest Independent Feature Film Competition, Lion Killer was directed by Derrick Fury of Houston, Texas. A struggling Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor and a domestic abuse survivor, grapple with their past while trying to learn how to love once again. The film stars Regina Ting Chen and Matthew Meehan.  OFFICIAL TRAILER.

  • Summer Feature: A History of SFA Student Productions — WINNER of the 2020 NacFilmFest Documentary Film Competition, Summer Feature was written, directed and produced by Dudley May. It tells the history of the Feature Film Program at Stephen F. Austin State University's Film School. The story is told through the perceptive of former student directors and writers.

  • The In-Between — Directed by SFA alumna Mindy Bledsoe and co-written with fellow SFA graduate Rob Senska and Jennifer Stone, this film is about two women set out on a road trip with different missions. Mads (played by Jennifer Stone of "Wizards of Waverly Place") needs to renew her driver's license in South Dakota, while Junior needs to visit Portland, Oregon, on a quest for her dead sister. Both women have medical issues that cause friction along the way, but they never let those problems define their identities. Mads is also keeping a secret from Junior, that could explode at any moment and ruin their journey. OFFICIAL TRAILER.

  • This World Won't Break — directed by Josh David Jordan and starring Greg Schroeder, This World Won't Break is about a broken-down middle-aged Texas troubadour who yearns to be remembered like the southern bluesmen before him. However, his failings and self-doubt forestall his musical dreams and blind him to the open road.  OFFICIAL TRAILER

  • You're the Puppet — WINNER of the 2020 NacFilmFest Short Film Competition, You're the Puppet was directed by Michael Charron of Austin, Texas. Laramie and Leonard are the hottest comedy duo in the local scene. Tired of Leonard getting all the credit, Laramie considers branching out on his own.

  • SHORT FILMS — In addition to the films listed above, the winning films in the 2020 Short Film Competition, the 2020 Music Video Competition, and the 2020 High School Short Film Competition will also be shown.