NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Four original short films by Stephen F. Austin State University student filmmakers will be shown during "An Evening of Short Films" beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Each graduate student will introduce his film, screen it and then take questions from the audience, according to Brad Maule, acting and directing lecturer in the SFA School of Theatre and a lecturer in the School of Art's cinematography program.

"Filmmaking is a creation from the ground up," Maule said. "These students must write the story, cast the actors, film the script, find the crew and locations, buy or make the costumes, edit the footage, add the sound, correct the color, and on and on.

"By having these students explain the filmmaking experience, I believe it will help the audience understand the extreme difficulty of the students' chosen occupation," he said.

The original works are creations of Peyton Paulette of Lufkin, who will screen his film, "Hollywood Ending," Ricky Kennedy of Alto, who will screen his film, "In The Original Geek," Justin Herring of Granbury, who will screen his film, "Leave Me With a Smile," and Dudley May of Nacogdoches, who will screen his film, "Same Odds."

"This gives the students a chance to explain the filmmaking process before a live audience," Maule said. "It also gives the students feedback from a neutral platform. Anyone interested in films and filmmaking will enjoy this evening."

Cinematography has been taught at SFA for more than 20 years. The program has graduated hundreds of students who are working in all aspects of the professional field throughout the country.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information about "An Evening of Short Films," call (936) 468-6239.