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Rec Sports to screen student-produced movies, “Hereditary” at Fright Film Fest

Rec Sports to screen student-produced movies, “Hereditary” at Fright Film Fest - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Jose Ravelo, international management junior, works behind the camera during the filming of “They See Us,” in July at the edge of Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s campus on a road that leads out to the woods. Jaspal Kahlon (left), actors Diego Cardenas (middle) and Hayden Higginbotham (right).

Students, faculty, staff and the community can participate in a spooky film-watching experience at “Fright Film Fest” 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Ceremony Room of Patriots’ Casa.

The Department of Recreational Sports at Texas A&M University-San Antonio is hosting the event for the first time and plans to show the movie “Hereditary” along with four short horror films that Rec Sports has created. 

“We’ve been working on the films throughout the entire semester,” said international management junior Jose Ravelo. “We’re really excited to show the people.” 

The longest film will be 7-8 minutes.

“I had an idea to do short films with the department and ever since we’ve just been slowly working into it,” Ravelo, also marketing videographer and editor for Rec Sports,

said. “We’re new to everything.”

The first 60 people will receive a bundle of candy, popcorn, pizza and a drink. 

Carolina Coutino, business and marketing sophomore, said two spooky baskets will also be raffled off. 

Attendees should bring blankets and pillows for the picnic-style viewing. 

“We will have around 24 chairs in case people do not want to sit on the floor,” Coutino said. “If someone forgets their blanket we do have a few they can borrow.”

The films — “They See Us,” “Hallucinations,” “The New Hire” and “Not What it Seems” — are set at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and hint at an alternate universe. 

“I don’t think many other campuses have done this,” said Jaspal Singh Kahlon, computer science junior and intramural supervisor for Rec Sports. “We’re expressing the creative side of our school.”

Ravelo says the team hopes they reach capacity since it is the first event of its kind. 

Kahlon says organizers “want as much exposure as we can get.”

The project has been in the works since March. Ravelo came up with the idea to do short films with the department. 

The process begins with writing down a two-sentence idea of what would be scary, and from there it includes scripting, looking for actors, filming and editing. 

Students can bring their student IDs or know their j number to check in.

Coutino hopes the “Fright Film Fest” will spark an interest in future film festivals where other departments could participate. 

“I think it’d be cool to make it a competition for all of TAMUSA,” Coutino said. 

Anyone interested in getting involved in future events like this can reach out to Ravelo at or visit the Rec Sports office in Modular C at A&M-San Antonio.

To RSVP, visit the event’s JagSync page:

For more information, email or Rec Sports can also be messaged through instagram @tamusarecsports.

About the Authors

Lizbeth Avella
Lizbeth Avella is a communications sophomore at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. When not at school, she enjoys traveling with her boyfriend, reading and watching movies. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career that allows her to travel and write about places and people that deserve a story.
Katiana Kartaltepe
Katiana Kartaltepe is a communications sophomore at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She had been involved in the visual and performing arts since a young age. She hopes to work in a creative and collaborative field after graduating. When not at school, she enjoys reading, singing and watching films and TV.

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