While many other seniors are applying for jobs, attending career expos or applying for graduate school, Caten Hyde has something bigger on his mind.
The senior film, television and digital media major created the film “1:36” in honor of his friend Aaron Pennywell.
Hyde and Pennywell grew up together in Broussard, Louisiana, but later Pennywell’s family moved to Houston, Texas, Hyde said. They, however, stayed in touch over the years.
Pennywell died on June 25, 2011. A drunk driver with a blood alcohol twice the legal limit killed him.
Aaron’s mother Kae Pennywell approached Hyde after the funeral about using his film skills to create something that would help others realize the effects of drinking and driving, Hyde said.
He said he wanted to tell Aaron’s story and bring awareness to people because he thinks drunk driving has become almost socially acceptable for college students.
The Pennywells have promoted the film and Aaron’s story at their church, Aaron’s high school and other campuses around their hometown. They bring their story and sometimes have Aaron’s car on display, Hyde said.
The family also came and spoke to Hyde’s fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, last spring, Kae Pennywell said.
Hyde said he contacted TCU Vitals to find a way to promote his film. He also said he wants to come back as an alumnus and present it to many organizations across the university's campus.
Kae Pennywell said she appreciates Hyde for the work he has done.
“I am so proud of Caten and all the work he has put into this," she said. "If we can stop one family from the hell that we have gone through, that is enough for me.”
For more information about Aaron’s story, visit the Facebook page Buddies Against Drunk Driving.