What he does: Alfred Cervantes has worked as a crew member, location scout and local film pusher in Houston for nearly 20 years. As deputy director of the Houston Film Commission for the past 16 years, he helps filmmakers of both the Hollywood and the indie ilk find locations, equipment and crews to get their projects done.
"I feel the mission of the Houston Film Commission is to inspire other Houston filmmakers," Cervantes says. In the day to day, this means providing the resources filmmakers need to make their movies. But Cervantes also accomplishes this mission by helping to organize networking and screening events where local filmmakers can show their work and meet other filmmakers.
Cervantes curates the popular First Thursdays events, sifting through shorts to find the quality films that make up the monthly screenings. He also organizes the quarterly film slam -- a "you bring it, we screen it" event where local filmmakers of any level and genre are encouraged to bring their shorts to be shown to an audience.
The events, beyond entertainment and exposure for the HFC, are meant to bring toether filmmakers who might one day work together. "Film is a collaboration," Cervantes says. "No one makes a film alone."
If not this, then what? After a pause, he says, "Probably making films."Why he likes it:
"I like that film reaches out to everyone in a different way. You can show one film to ten people and you can get ten different opinions."
If not here, then where? Though he's traveled quite a bit, Cervantes says he can't imagine doing what he does anywhere else.
"I really do love Houston, and the reason is the diversity," he says. "I think it makes for a rich experience, that we have an Indian film festival, and then we have something like Splatterfest."
What's next: HFC assisted in the production of the new Chris Evans film, the Houston-based Puncture, which is out September 23. The next First Thursday event, which will take on the theme "Rocktober," will take place on October 6 at the Fairview, 315 Fairview.
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