SFA shows four new films at spring premiere

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    Correction: In a previous version of this story, the name of a film was incorrect. The musical shown is called "Happily Ever Afterlife."

    Students and families gathered at the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium Sunday for TCU's Student Filmmakers Association's spring premiere.

    “This semester we have four films and a couple of them are firsts,” SFA president and junior film, television, and digital media major Kelly Burns said. “We have first-time directors, first time using children, first musical and our first sitcom.”

    At the premiere, SFA premiered the comedy "Opposing Abodes," which is about a little boy who gets stuck in the middle of a separated couple. "Night of the Soul" follows a young man's relationship with his mother and his struggle with her death. The musical "Happily Ever Afterlife" shows how a man's spirit keeps him from leaving the love of his life, and "Advice" is about a young couple's troubled relationship.

    “The big one from last spring is a musical," SFA co-president and junior film, television and digital media major Grant Moore said. "It’s something that we’ve never done before.”

    SFA is a club that produces two to four movies per semester. Moore said anyone can join the club and be involved in the moviemaking process. 

    “We worked with a lot of people from the theatre department and music department,” Moore said. “It was really a collaboration of the entire school that was our big project last spring.”

    Sophomore film, television and digital media major Ali Ryan and sophomore pre-major Kelly Ryan hosted the event and said all the students were worked hard to produce the films.

    “All the people worked so hard and the dedication that some people have is ridiculous,” Kelly Ryan said. “There will be weekends where they wouldn’t sleep, and it’s all to push out one film.”

    First-year film, television and digital media major Danielle Mondragon, who worked on "Opposing Abodes," said she enjoyed watching the final product.

    “You stay on the set for a whole weekend and you’re not really sure how it’s going to turn out,” Mondragon said. “It’s really interesting to see how everything turns out, and it’s awesome to see the final product.”

    Ali Ryan said she was happy that people came out to support the students and the films.

    “To see how this organization is being recognized, that’s great,”Ali Ryan said. “It’s great seeing that people actually care what we all put our heart into."