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Killeen ISD student film chosen to compete in SXSW

Posted: 5:37 PM, Feb 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-04 23:28:27-05

KILLEEN, TX — A Killeen ISD student’s film has been chosen to compete in SXSW in March.

High school senior Cassandra Greer’s short film, “A Pinch of Love,” was among 18 chosen to compete in the film festival’s high school division.

Cassandra has lots of time making videos and watching classics as a child. Her dad, in the U.S. Army, always realized her true passion was in film.

She arrived at Killeen High School as a junior and she is now in her second year taking AP courses at Harker Heights High School and audio-visual classes at the Career Center.

Cassandra finished “A Pinch of Love” in November. She figured she had a great college submission piece for applying to film schools.

She then decided to submit the film in the SXSW high school division. The festival screenings are set for 4:15 p.m. on March 9 at the Rollins Theatre at The Long Center and at 2:15 p.m. at Alamo Lamar.

“I’m over the moon,” said Cassandra. “Now, I can meet directors, get advice and see the films. I hope I can meet some celebrities. I will make the most of it.”

She shot the film at her grandmother’s house, which provides the 1950s feel with old-style oven knobs, vinyl record turntable and a grandfather clock.

The story centers on a traditional, young couple navigating the natural tensions of marriage.

The characters make up a traditional nuclear family with hard-working husband, Jack, providing for the couple and stay-at-home wife, Amy, cooking and cleaning.

“It was my first directing experience,” Cassandra said, “and it helped me fall in love with it. It’s rewarding to see my vision come to life.”

Inspired by current director heavyweights, Ava DuVernay, Greta Gerwig and Sophia Coppola, Cassie's next large step is to her schools of choice.

She has her heart set on three school with highly touted film programs, USC, Drexel and Emerson College, which she is expecting word back on her acceptance any day.