Texas Film Maker of the Year to screen feature film at UNT

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 15:14
Katie Kohler and Ashlyn McEvers star in
Katie Kohler and Ashlyn McEvers star in "Pale."

What: Screening of "Pale" at the University of North Texas

When: 8-10 p.m. May 21 (Saturday)

Where: The Lyceum on the third level of the University Union, 1155 Union Circle, Denton

Cost: Free with valid UNT Identification or $5 with half of the proceeds donated to UNT's Department of Media Arts.

DENTON, Texas (UNT) – The feature film "Pale" will be screened at the University of North Texas' Lyceum Theater. "Pale" follows the journey of two sisters who were separated during a post-apocalyptic depression and their attempt to reunite in Texas. The film's director, Brett Bentman, says UNT is the perfect place to show his film.

"UNT's facilities really fit the landscapes and soundscapes we created with the film," said Bentman. "We have some amazing sweeping visuals and a booming score that needs the type of theater that offers that same experience to the movie viewer."

Bentman, who lives and works in the North Texas region, was named the Texas Film Maker of the Year for the past two years by the Austin Revolution Film Festival. He said "Pale" is a true journey for viewers.

"We have plenty of drama, some action, some moments that will make your very uncomfortable and what I feel is a gut turning conclusion. There is some amazing acting in this film -- the best I have ever seen from this region of the country," he said.

Before "Pale" airs, Bentman will debut a trailer for his new film, "Umbra," which is currently in post-production. That movie was filmed, in part, on the UNT campus and UNT students were used both on camera and behind the scenes.

"We hired probably half a dozen of them, and we were so impressed with the professionalism we asked them to help finish the portions of the film not shot at UNT," said Bentman. "One thing about our team: We don't use the word 'can't.' It was really cool because the students fit that mold."

  "Umbra" will be screened at UNT over the summer. In the meantime, Bentman says there is something extra in store for those who go to see "Pale."

"We are trying our best to have a very special surprise for the people in attendance. I can't say what it is because I don't want to build it up, but if we get there we'll see some smiles in the audience."

The screening will be at 8 p.m. May 21 (Saturday) at the University of North Texas' Lyceum Theater. The theater is located on the third level of UNT's University Union, located at 1155 Union Circle in Denton.

Tickets are free to anyone with valid UNT identification. For everyone else, they are $5 and half of the proceeds will be donated to the Department of Media Arts.

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