“Veda,” a feature-length movie written and co-produced by Cameron University’s Dr. Matt Jenkins, will premiere at the 10th Annual Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan. The 63-minute film has been named an Official Selection for the festival. “Veda” will be screened Friday, January 29 at 9 p.m. at the Simmons Center in Duncan.
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 with graphic design by 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.
January 15, 2016 PR# 16-010