Alumnus’ Film Premieres at Texas Theater

CONWAY, Ark. (August 12, 2013) – After graduating from Hendrix in 2012, Charles Wallace returned to his home state of Texas and began working as the production assistant at Theatre Three, one of the two highly profitable, self-producing theatrical houses in Dallas.

While working at Theatre Three, Wallace has found himself being contracted for multiple jobs and opportunities around the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

“I have designed lights, sets, props, been a master carpenter, and acted in professional productions,” he said. “Over the next year, I have been contracted to manage, design, and direct a handful of professionally-produced shows in Dallas, all of course while juggling the acting, film, and technical theater classes I teach, the birthday parties I entertain at, the LA-based caroling company I manage, the Toadies and Polyphonic Spree music videos and the new sci-fi series I have been cast in, and my new job as the talent division assistant at Kim Dawson Agency, known as the most prolific and renown talent agency in the Southwest.”  

In addition to his exposure to directors, producers, designers, and actors like himself, Wallace’s first feature-length film that he had written premiered at the Texas Theater in downtown Oak Cliff in the Dallas area this July.

With the support of Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning, Wallace traveled between Los Angeles and Dallas to shoot the film he had written over the past year. After scouting locations, signing contracts, purchasing equipment and hiring actors, Wallace began filming the movie with a budget just under $23,000.

Titled A Road Trip Story, the film follows four Booker T. Washington High School theatre students traversing the country in an attempt to save their recently jailed friend amidst a hectic schedule of submitting a film to a nationally recognized film festival, attending a bogus talent-search audition, and breaking up with all their girlfriends.

Looking back on the premiere night, Wallace says he felt overwhelmed by the amount of support he received.

“I am very proud of my work, and I hope to share my story with others in the film festival circuits,” he said. “Though the film I premiered at the Texas Theater was not ‘production quality,’ the amount of heart and truthfulness that came across in the writing, editing, and acting was enough to instill a relatable and meaningful vibe into my audience.”  

“My strengths were in envisioning and capturing moments on film, but by understanding the underlying mechanics of a film's deeper meaning, I was able to delve deeper in my writing and cinematography and make a film that was truly a work of art,” said Wallace, attributing his strength and training to his background at Hendrix. “I owe all of this deeper meaning and significance to what I learned in [Hendrix film studies professor] Dr. Kristi McKim's film classes. It was enough to make my own creation an appreciated and valued work of art.”

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