Some of us from Escape Plan Productions made it to College Station, Texas for the 2014 Texas Independent Film Festival, held in the Memorial Student Center. The film festival is run entirely by college students at Texas A&M University and sponsored by parent organization Aggie SWAMP (ScreenWriting, Acting, & Movie Production) Club. We have had a short film screen or premiere at the event every year since 2011 and it was announced Sunday, April 6th at the awards presentation that our short film, Carnivores, won an Audience Choice award. Director/Producer Keller Davis accepted the award on behalf of the whole crew and the audience response to the screening was enthusiastic. Carnivores was shot during the Austin 48-Hour Film Project in August 2013. You can watch the short film online here or read about the behind the scenes of its production here.
Here are the full award results for 2014:
Grand Jury Prize: Butterfly Dreams by Venkat Krishnan
Best High School Short: Here to Stay by Joy Cope
Audience Choice Saturday Night: Sleddin’ by John Pettingill
Audience Choice Sunday Night: Carnivores by Keller Davis
The Man Who Won’t Rhyme by Matt Ackerman
Hana by Bunee Tominson
Searching Serenity by Rustin Rogers
Tamara by Craig Kitzmann and Jason Marino
Stay by Juliana Chen
Is Hamburgers by Dustin Svehlak
Find Me by Henry Davis and Andrew Lascurain
Sanguine by Paxton A. Rome
Texas Independent Film Festival is always a lot of fun, very unique each year to the student leadership behind it, and features some interesting guest speakers. Mostly a festival for short films, there was a lot of hilarious, dramatic, and animated stories witnessed over the two-day fest. The feature screening on Saturday was This American Journey, directed by British actor Paul Blackthorne (of The CW’s Arrow fame). It was an incredible documentary that featured Blackthorne and Australian photographer Mister Basquali traveling through small towns across America in late 2008 at the time of President Obama’s historic election and the financial collapse. They interviewed a diverse number of regular people asking them all sorts of questions about the country and current events, what they loved about America, religion, class, and race. The film was beautiful, touching, and gives you a lot to chew on in your interpretation of the testimonials as a whole. And lucky for you, the entire documentary is on Hulu to be able to watch for free (embedded below), so we recommend watching it when you can.
We would like to thank Cassie Hanks as well as all the student leaders involved in making the 2014 Texas Independent Film Festival so enjoyable and a great weekend of film. Escape Plan is honored to have received Audience Choice for Carnivores.