South Dakota Tech News
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December 3, 2003
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Tech Student Film Premiere Dec. 12
“Snooze,” a feature-length movie written and filmed by South Dakota Tech students, will premier at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, on campus. Tech will roll out the red carpet to Room 252 of the Electrical Engineering/Physics Building for the event. Admission is $2 for members of the community.
The movie tells the story of a college student dealing with life's struggles as he copes with a terminal illness. Tech senior Nick Newell, a Computer Engineering major from Havre, Mont., originally wrote the script for the stage. He reworked the script for the screen when construction closed down the campus stage for the semester and the usual fall stage production became impossible. Students have filmed the movie almost entirely on campus. Locations include dorm rooms, classrooms, the Health Center and other campus locations. The crew shot one other scene at a local golf course.
The cast stars Newell as college student Max Nathens. His roommate, Germaine, played by Sam Tlustos, seems more interested in playing video games than connecting with Max. Girlfriend Jasmine, played by Jennie Christensen, gets angry with Max for standing her up for a date, not knowing that he was admitted to the hospital. Dr. Frowen, played by Matt Frederickson, is very clinical and administrative in his bedside manners. He delegates the job of giving Max bad news to his assistant, Kaleb, played by Justin Betz. Brittany Douglas plays the professor who casts Max in a school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The cast is rounded out with Dr. Pat Mahon, Tech’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and director of Drama Activities Bob Faubert, who play Max's parents. They have already lost a daughter in a car accident, and now face the prospect of losing a son to a terminal disease.
The movie takes us in and out of Max's "snooze dreams," the dreams he has in the nine minutes his alarm clock allows when he hits the snooze button. The story includes some light moments as Max pursues his dream of becoming a mentalist.
“Snooze” is a full-length movie. Cast and crew have spent the past month shooting scenes in six-hour stretches. Justin Betz took the raw footage and edited the scenes into the final cut. The film includes an original soundtrack. The production is directed by Bob Faubert.
Bob Faubert, 394-6052
Nick Newell, 391-6745
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