Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) will soon be rolling out the red carpet for seven groups at the Javelina Oscars this Friday from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Peacock Auditorium.
Preston Neill, communications major, a member of Certain Reelity Studios, and the Campus Activities Board (CAB), partnered up to host the event. Neill said the goal was to make the event feel as real as possible.
Every group was required to make up a company name on the spot, with the exception of Certain Reelity Studios and Out of the Box Production, who already existed.
Neill said filmmaking has been a passion of his since he was in high school. Certain Reelity formed in Spring 2011 when he met fellow CAB member Richard Almaraz.
“Once I met Richard, we began talking about making some videos,” Neill said. “I already had the group I wanted named and everything, I just needed the initiative and drive to get back into the groove of things. Now I love everything I’m doing with them.”
The Javelina Oscars is Neill’s way of sharing his love for film and leaving his mark at TAMUK.
“I wanted to do something really fun and awesome my senior year that maybe CAB or some other organization would pick up once I graduate,” Neill said. “It’s also a great way to get my film group’s name out and show off our unique talents.”
Each group is comprised of TAMUK students and alumni who were required to
create a short film, no longer than 20 minutes.
“We’re trying to tap into the untapped talent at TAMUK. I know a lot of people who do film stuff, and I thought it’d be really nice to showcase that talent. And who knows who’s in the audience?” Neill said.
The students participating in the event are Neill (Certain Reelity Studios), Heraclio Gonzalez (Free Sex Panda Productions), Ramiro Adame (Certain Reelity Studios), Ismael Perez (Writers Unblocked Studios), Rashelle Young (Pumpkin Pie Productions) and Lawrence Hernandez (Out of the Box Productions).
Members of the Art, Communications, Theatre Department, including department chair Manuel Flores, will judge the short films.
“I’m very excited about this. It comes just in time now that we have a film minor and a major in film pending,” Flores said. “We’ve been doing PBS quality documentaries on the ACT Department for some time now. Now we can concentrate on fun films and still keep the quality.”
CAB will be providing free drinks and popcorn and there will be a short 15-minute intermission between films with entertainment provided by Premature Punchline, Neill said.
Michael Lee Mendez, TAMUK alumnus, will be hosting the event and handing out awards to the filmmakers and their crew.
Awards will be given to various categories, which include best director, best actor, original score, and audience favorite, Neill said.
“I’m expecting a really good turnout and hopefully it’ll go off pretty nice without a hitch. Talented people are making videos, so I don’t see why nothing less than perfect would happen,” Neill said.
Six short films will be shown, with the awards ceremony to follow.
The following films will be shown:
“Silent Letter” (12:12)
“Not So Children of the Corn Maze” (8:03)
“Seven Minutes in Heaven” (18:17)
“Going Green” (–)
“Paradox (Not One of Those Films)” (10:38)
“Magnus Maculam (The Big Stain)” (18:00)