The Aggie Screenwriting, Acting, and Movie Production (SWAMP) Club will screen film shorts produced by members and friends of the organization at SWAMPFEST 2007, the club’s annual film festival, slated for 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 in the Preston Geren Auditorium in Langford Building B on the Texas A&M campus.
Tickets for the event cost $2 and will be available at the door. Popcorn and soft drinks will be served for a nominal cost with proceeds benefiting the club.
The festival will include at least 15 short films and “fake” movie trailers, though entries are still being accepted from both members and non-members, according to club spokesman Christopher Portales. Details for submitting films, due by April 20, are available on the Aggie SWAMP Club Web site at http://swamp.tamu.edu/.
In addition to the screenings, the filmmakers and actors will be available at SWAMPFEST to discuss their works with the audience.
“The Aggie SWAMP Club,” Portales said, “is an organization for movie-lovers and a resource for aspiring actors, writers and filmmakers.” Among the club’s members, he said, are Texas A&M students majoring in visualization science, architecture, mathematics, business, history, engineering and English, to name but a few.
According to the Aggie SWAMP Club Web site, the organization exists primarily to help members make movies. In addition to regular meetings, the group holds workshops, film screenings and social events related to filmmaking and film appreciation. Club members help each other brainstorm ideas, doctor scripts and act as a film crew during shoots, assisting with camera work, sound, lighting and even acting. They also assist with editing and post production chores.