“Veda,” a feature-length movie written and co-produced by Cameron University’s Dr. Matt Jenkins, has been nominated for three awards at the upcoming Bare Bones International Film Festival. The 63-minute film is in contention for Best Feature Drama, and Dreah Marie is nominated for Best Lead Actress in A Feature. In addition, Jenkins, along with director Charles Stanley, is nominated for the Indie Auteur award. “Veda” will be screened on Saturday, April 23, at 5 p.m. at the Three Rivers Cinema in Muskogee.
“There is an impressive line-up of motion pictures at this year’s festival, so it is exciting to have our movie nominated in the Best Drama category,” says Jenkins, executive producer of the film. “”Dreah Marie was cast in a difficult role, and the nomination of Best Lead Actress in a Feature recognizes her talent and effort in that performance. The Indie Auteur award reflects a high standard in independent movie production. We are deeply honored to receive this nomination. This is a special award for the independent filmmaker who wears many hats on and off set, in front of and behind the camera.”
The film was honored with the Audience Choice Award at the recent 2016 Trail Dance Film Festival.
“Veda” was shot entirely on location in Houston. Jenkins and Stanley also edited the film. Former CU student Christopher Clark served as co-producer, and graphic design was provided by CU alumna Ann Morris. Current CU student Ashley Nix has a role in the film, and student Kaytlen Dayhoff provided computer animation.
The action focuses on former computer programmer Howie Ramirez and his crippled sister, Marla, who are in dire straits. As the possibility of returning to prison hangs over him, Howie desperately searches for work but keeps coming up empty-handed. With no prospect of gainful employment in sight, Howie is forced to accept work as a house boy for inventor and entrepreneur Adam Rickhaven. Discovering there’s more to his responsibilities than cleaning out boxes and straightening up the house, Howie’s computer skills and allegiance become indispensable as Rickhaven nears the completion of his controversial computer program called Chaos. As Rickhaven and Howie prepare for the final presentation of the program, Rickhaven’s girlfriend Veda begins to show more than a friendly interest in Howie. Concerned for Howie’s well-being, Marla puts pressure on him to quit the job. The combination of Rickhaven’s maniacal personality and the amorous Veda who wants more than affection start Howie on a slow downward spiral.
Jenkins has been a member of the Cameron faculty since 1995, utilizing his experience and success in independent filmmaking into valuable learning opportunities for his students. He has created award-winning documentaries and short movies which have been exhibited at film festivals across the United States, including The Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, The Greenwich International Film Festival and The Berkeley Video and Film Festival.
March 30, 2016