"Mockumentary," Documentary and Horror Will Be on Tap at the Black Glasses Film Festival

April 20, 2010

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A silent horror film, a "mockumentary" featuring a contemporary Christian band, a documentary on a hit card game and a stop-motion film using LEGOS are some of the 15 films being featured at the 11th annual Black Glasses Film Festival at the historic Waco Hippodrome Theatre.

This is the first year the festival has been moved off campus. Each film was directed and created by students from Baylor University's Department of Communication Studies. The festival will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the theater, 724 Austin Ave.

The Black Glasses Film Festival takes place every spring and was created to give students an outlet to showcase their films to a large audience. In the past, the audience was primarily film students, their friends and family.

"This year we want the entire Baylor campus and Waco community to come out," said Dr. James "Jim" Kendrick, film and digital media assistant professor. "We want the audience to have a good time, see some great films and recognize the excellent work our students are doing."

Festivalgoers will be able to see David Crowder Band* Rockumentary: Twitter Will Kill You, a "mockumentary" featuring the contemporary Christian music group; The Gathering, a documentary about the cult hit card game Magic the Gathering; and a completely computer-generated imagery in the film White Cat.

Films were chosen by the film and digital media faculty at Baylor University, and awards will be given to Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and an Audience Choice.

The festival is $3 for students, seniors and those in the military and $5 for adults. Tickets can be purchased the night of the festival or online through the Waco Performing Arts Web site www.wacoperformingarts.org.

Black Glasses Film Festival was named 11 years ago when film professor Dr. Mary Slaughter was looking for a way to showcase student films. Slaughter was known for wearing black-framed glasses, and students dubbed it the "Black Glasses Film Festival." Slaughter now works at California State University, Bakersfield, Calif., as chair for the department of communications.

Fore more information, contact Dr. James Kendrick, james_kendrick@baylor.edu.

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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