This spring’s Cru Film Project is The Last Waltz, written by junior mass communication major Mateo Gamboa.
Waltz is a 92-year-old man who has slipped into a coma due to the severity of Alzheimer’s disease.
Because of the death of his wife years earlier, he has pushed everyone dear to him out of his life.
He is also traumatized by his actions when he was in the military.
However, the highlight of this production is when Waltz suddenly wakes up from his coma and decides to love and live the rest of his life to the fullest.
Waltz makes every effort to become a part of his estranged family and mend the wounds with them.
Ultimately he makes his peace with God as well.
Though the cast and crew have only met a few times, one of the producers
of the film and professor in the communications and media department,
Dr. Diane Howard, sees the potential of this becoming a great film.
“We have had rich, insightful discussions and rehearsals of this screenplay,” she said.
Working at the university for 21 years, Howard always enjoys seeing new scripts come on her desk for the Cru Films project each year.
“My students have been writing their own scripts and screenplays for the 21 years that I have been at UMHB,” she said. “Our students have produced outstanding original work in many categories for many years.”
The script doesn’t call for a lot of actors. The granddaughter of Waltz is named Melody, and this character is played by sophomore performance studies major Rachel Jeske.
“I participated in Cru Films last year and it was a really great experience to learn what being on a movie set was like,” she said.
Jeske, along with the rest of the cast and crew, enjoys this year’s script.
They all give Gamboa a lot of praise on the originality of the story.
“Mateo’s script is really good. It covers many generations of family, so I think a lot of people will be able to relate to it. It’s authentic and real,” Jeske said. ”It’s easy to like a script when it’s so honest.”
One of the crew members is senior performance studies major Terrance McGee, who is the student director.
He wants this to be the best production it can be because he values the quality of the film.
“I just want everyone to fully commit,” McGee said. “The people we have for this production are amazing, so I know it will be a great journey.”
The film will have two screenings for the public. The first will be Monday, April 19, in Lord Conference Center. The second will be the next day, Tuesday, April 20, in Brindley Auditorium.