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Free film this Friday
Posted 03 - 30 - 2016

SFA film series to feature documentary about Texas National juror

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of  “Shadow of the House” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed over seven years, “Shadow of the House” is an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process. Morell serves as the juror for the 2016 Texas National Competition and Exhibition of the SFA School of Art. This film directed by Allie Humenuk skips across time and space from Morell’s early childhood escape from Castro's regime to his status as a world-renowned photographer. The film explores his daily working life as an artist and his eventual return to Cuba after 40 years of living in exile, according to

“‘Shadow of the House’ uncovers the deep layers of a man who is pushed to confront his past and his familial allegiances as it explores his unique artistic vision,” Humenuk wrote. The film runs 74 minutes.

This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, The Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

Morell will be in town for the opening of the 2016 Texas National Competition and Exhibition on Saturday, April 9. There will be an exhibition of his work in the upstairs Reavley Gallery and he will give a talk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and announcement of Texas National Winners from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call(936) 468-1131.

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