Heartfelt student-created film, The Last Waltz

For roughly 12 minutes, the audience that went to see the student- created Cru Films production, The Last Waltz, sat in silence waiting to see what happened to the hard-minded character of Waltz.

After living a life of continually being cold to people due to the events in his life, we find Waltz as an old man alone in a hospital bed.

With every comment he makes proving to be negative and rude, nurse Steve, performed by 2009 UMHB graduate and performance studies major, Tank Turner, always stays positive and has hope that Waltz’s hard shell will be cracked before his life ends.

At the end of the short film, Waltz’s family has come to visit him. After experiencing a heart attack, Waltz wakes up to realize he should let go of his hatred of his life and accept the love of not only his family, but also the love
of Christ.

Dr. Diane Howard is passionate about the Cru Films organization and was one of the producers of the film.

She is honored by the fact that the production blessed her with students
who dedicated themselves in order to have a great finished product.

“The most rewarding facet for me has been to see our students begin to appreciate the talents and gifts that our Lord has given them for great positive Christian good in the world,” she said.

“Watching them learn and practice skills to artfully captivate and persuade audiences as they produce redemptive films has been a joyful adventure.” One of the main characters is the nurse, Steve.

Turner enjoyed being a part of the film, and the story line had a lot to do with that.

“To me the film was about reaching forgiveness through human connection, and being able to allow yourself to connect with another human being after being hurt in the past by someone,” he said.

The whole experience of acting and interacting with the cast and crew was very rewarding for Turner.

“It was an awesome experience working with everyone who was involved in creating this film,” he said.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to be with in taking this journey.”

Howard and the other producer of The Last Waltz, professor Donna Teel, had about eight to ten student written scripts to choose.

However, it was film studies minor Mateo Gamboa who had the winning story line.

He said, “I was happy about it. I was nervous. It really made me anxious to see how it was all going to turn out.”

On a whole, watching the short film was inspirational. Seeing a man being redeemed at the end of his life and accepting the love of Christ, was touching.

Author: Stacy Fannin

Stacy Fannin is a junior mass communication/journalism major and is the sports editor for the newspaper. She is from Cedar Park, Texas, where she lives with her mom, little sister and adorable cat, Dusty. Stacy enjoys being with family and friends. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, Dr. Pepper, the Green Bay Packers, Texas and England. Stacy enjoys eating junk food, being around family and friends (and her cat), and talking on her phone named Jeffrey. She is a huge fan of Dr. Pepper, chocolate and of course, the Green Bay Packers!

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