Robert Perez, the event’s creator, said during a phone conversation, “South Texas Underground Film is filmmaker focused. We specifically want to target filmmakers who help filmmakers hone their talent and, hopefully, keep them consistently working.”
STUF is, for the second year, hosting the event. It’s free for any team willing to accept the challenge.
The event kicks off Friday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Art Center of Corpus Christi, 100 N. Shoreline Drive. After signing up filmmakers then have exactly 48 hours to produce, write, edit and score a short film lasting a minimum of three minutes and no longer than 7 minutes.
And if that sounds too easy, once your team is ready to go, you’ll then pick an essential element that will need to be implemented in to your film.
This year, each team will choose a loteria (Spanish bingo) card, and use whatever image is on the card as a prop or, possibly, a character.
Once the film is polished, the teams will meet Sunday, June 24, at 5 p.m. at Gators Sports Bar & Grill, 4610 South Padre Island Drive, and turn in their finished or unfinished projects.
All films will be screened at 7 p.m. that night with awards to be given out after.
“Last year’s event was well received, and the films were great. I saw some of the filmmakers best work,” Perez mentioned, remembering the event.
“I was proud of the filmmakers and the crowd’s response.”
The need for such events is more than just something fun to do during the weekend.
Perez feels a need to bring out the independent spirit in Corpus Christi that has seemingly lain dormant for many years.
“San Antonio has a tight group of filmmakers,” Perez said. “They’re always trying to keep things going.
“They have a close knit group of actors and filmmakers, and I’ve always felt we have to meet with each other more often.”
The only other film event, which coincidently occurs around the same time, is the Corpus Christi 7 Day Film Project, which only happens once a year.
Perez laughed, “If you want to be a good guitarist, you don’t just play guitar once a year.”
Slowly, S.T.U.F. has been filling in the gap. The organization has big plans for the first South Texas Underground Film Festival, which is happening Sept. 21-27, as well as their 24 Hour Film challenge in December.
Perez stated, “If we give filmmakers the opportunity to make more films, we can collaborate more and keep in touch.
“There’s a lot of good opportunities to get to meet some of these other filmmakers and possibly work together.”
But building a film scene doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it take place in the city itself. Perez and the S.T.U.F. crew frequently visits film festivals and events to see how they seemingly got it right and to mingle with other film junkies.
“We’ve networked to bridge ourselves to other cities like San Antonio and Austin,” Perez said.
“We have people who are hungry to show their work.”
And with all these events filling in the remainder of the year, one thing remains ever clear – why they keep on keeping on.
Perez said, “My passion is to get things like this in Del Mar College and Texas A&M. It’s about educating, networking and the art of filmmaking.
“Hopefully, we’ll inspire some filmmakers to want to work with someone they never thought of working with.”
For more information on the event, visit www.southtexasundergroundfilm.com
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.