DENTON, Texas (UNT) The feature film Pale will be screened at the UNT's 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 screens, Bentman will debut a trailer for his new film, Umbra, which is 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 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in UNT's Lyceum Theater. The theater is located on the third level of UNT's University Union, at 1155 Union Circle in Denton.
Tickets are free to anyone with valid UNT identification. For everyone else, tickets are $5 with half the proceeds going to the Department of Media Arts.