“Veda,” a feature-length motion picture written and co-produced by Cameron University’s Dr. Matt Jenkins, has been selected for two upcoming film festivals, each of which is dedicated to showcasing the very best in independent productions. The 63-minute film will be screened at the Austin Revolution Film Festival and at the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival later this month.
“It is extremely gratifying to have a film selected for these two festivals, each of which celebrates independent filmmaking,” says Jenkins. “I was overjoyed when I learned that ‘Veda’ had been nominated for awards at both of these festivals. It’s a great feeling to know that the work of our entire cast and crew has been recognized with these nominations.”
“Veda” is nominated for Best Texas Feature Drama at the Austin Revolution Film Festival and will be shown at 9:30 p.m. on September 23 at the Ambassador Global Group Theater in the DoubleTree Austin. The Austin Revolution Film Festival was launched by filmmakers who realized many festivals were only programming films with big stars. The festival provides exceptional networking opportunities for independent filmmakers.
At the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, the movie is a finalist and will be screened on Saturday, September 24, at 11:20 a.m. at the Nassau Bay Hilton in Houston. The Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival encourages the work of the independent filmmaker and promotes the concept of film as an art, offering awards as a means of educational outreach and expanded awareness of independent film.
Shot entirely on location in Houston, “Veda” was directed by Cameron alumnus Charles Stanley, who also edited the film with Jenkins, and co-produced by former Cameron student Christopher Clark. 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.
Additional information about the film “Veda” can be found at www.misfitsoffilm.com/veda.html.
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.
September 6, 2016