• In A Place Like This

Manor High School - Manor, Texas

Project Description: In A Place Like This

Jim Lutz and Alex Carrillo have lived on the outskirts of Manor, Texas for over thirty years. Their rambling farmhouse is more than just a happy home, it's a spiritual retreat. The 50 acres of land they nurture is home to chickens, goats, and peacocks. It's also a symbol of a laid-back, rural style of living that may become obsolete. As cookie-cutter strip malls and rows of track houses invade small town America, the warmth and spirit of places like this face an uncertain future. In A Place Like This is a reminder that of the joys close to home may need protection.

Awards & Screenings:

  • City of Temecula Youth Media & Arts Festival (2008) – WINNER: Best Documentary
  • Josiah Youth Media Film Festival (2007) – WINNER: Best of Show & Best Documentary
  • McAllen Art & Film Festival (2007) – WINNER: Audience Award for Best Short Film by a Student
  • KLRU/PBS Docubloggers broadcast (2008)
  • Los Angeles Film Festival (2008)
  • Atlanta Film Festival (2008)
  • Austin Film Festival (2007)
  • ListenUp! online VIP competition (2007)
  • Cinema Kids Film Festival (2007)
  • Austin Student Digital Festival (2007)
  • PowerFlickers Short Film Showcase (2007)

Faculty & Guest Speakers included:

  • Manfred Reiff (Director) - Script to Screen Instruction
  • Nancy Schiesari (UT Professor) - Cinematography
  • Claire Huie (Independent film editor) - Editing
  • Leah Malino (Independent film editor) - Editing
  • Barry Coffing (Owner, MusicSupervisor.com) - Music Supervising

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