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The Texas Independent Film Festival, which is hosted by the Aggie Screenwriting, Acting, & Movie Production (SWAMP) Club each Spring, celebrates the art of contemporary independent filmmaking by showcasing the work of some of the world’s finest filmmakers. This entirely student-run event will be held in the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center (MSC) February 16 and 17.

The festival will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with a block of nine films preceding the featured film, “We Are Stronger” by Carla McDougal, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, the longest day of the festival, will include two blocks of films with ten in the first block at 12 p.m. and eleven in the second block at 4 p.m. The blocks of films will be separated by featured film “My Ranger,” by David Reyes, at 1:30 p.m. and special guest Anthony Vasser at 3 p.m.

Reyes’ film “My Ranger” was shot entirely in Austin and includes an all Central Texas cast and crew. All of the music throughout the film is from original Austin talent, including the bands Shinyribs, Built by Snow, Cotton Mather and White Label Analog.

“This coming-of-age comedy follows a 17-year old boy who gets his first car and is on top of the world until he becomes convinced someone is trying to steal it,” said producer and creator David Reyes.

Reyes and the production team claim that “My Ranger” was made for under $5,500 which falls under the micro-budget independent film category.

“When you’re doing indie films like this, being resourceful is a must.” says co-owner of X Horn Productions and producer, Lisa Reyes. “The Austin community has again shown so much support with location and catering help for this film.”

One more featured film, “Aberrante” by Mauro Russo Rouge, will begin at 7 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony based on audience reaction at 9 p.m.

Join the Aggie SWAMP Club for a packed weekend of award winning independent films right here in College Station. Tickets can be found on the Texas Independent Film Festival website at https://www.txindyfilmfest.com.

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Abby is a senior Agricultural Communications & Journalism major graduating December 2018. Abby began writing for Maroon Weekly during the fall semester of 2016, and after taking a short break, has come back for more! Some of her favorite things include coffee, music and her miniature schnauzer, Sadie. If you want to find Abby, she will most likely be reading in a dark room, blogging in a local coffee shop or riding her longboard across campus.

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