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November 14th, 2011
Texas State to screen MARS

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Texas State University will host a special screening of MARS, a romantic comedy that follows three astronauts as they visit the red planet.

The screening, presented by the Texas Independent Film Network, will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 in room 206 of the Theatre Center. Admission is free and open to the general public.

Director Geoff Marslett depicts the film in a graphic novel style and uses an animation technique developed for the movie. Written and directed with a Southwestern flair, the film is Marslett’s debut and features an indie cast of actors including singer-songwriter Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, comic book artist and musician James Kochalka, Cynthia Watros (from the TV series Lost), and Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls). The film also features Texas political humorist and musician Kinky Friedman as the President of the United States.

According to the movie’s webpage at the Texas Independent Film Network, it poses the following questions: “Why do we want to know what is out there? How do we react to what we find? Is it actually that important? And where does love fit into the whole thing?”

The Texas Independent Film Network is a state-wide coalition of film societies, universities and independent theaters organized for the purpose of screening Texas-made independent films. TIFN was founded by Louis Black and Ryan Long. Black is best known as a co-founder of both SXSW and the Austin Chronicle. Long is the Austin Film Society’s film programs manager and director of Austin’s premiere micro-cinema, Screen Door Film.

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