Texas State Updates: Film Premiere

Independent film Campus Radio
to premiere in San Marcos

Campus Radio, a movie set and shot in San Marcos and Austin, will have its world premiere Feb. 4 at the Starplex Theater in San Marcos.

Filmed in 2008-09, Campus Radio is described as “a romantic comedy about a band manager torn between his love of the band and his love of its sexy new singer.”

Written and directed by Aaron James Sorensen, Campus Radio stars Canadian actor Tom Belding and Austin actress and singer Lauren Walsh. The film is a follow-up to Sorensen’s 2005 film, Hank Williams First Nation, which premiered at the AFI festival.

While Sorensen describes Hank Williams as his country movie, Campus Radio, featuring a soundtrack of local bands, represents Sorensen’s rock ‘n’ roll movie. Bands featured in the soundtrack include One Eyed Doll, Adrian and the Sickness, Belaire, Jesse DeNatale, Annabella, Yellow Fever, Get Back Loretta, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, and the Felice Brothers.

Tantra Coffeehouse

San Marcos locations in the film include the square, KTSW and the Tantra coffeehouse. Austin scenes include Sixth Street, South Congress Avenue and locations in east Austin.

Shortly after moving to Austin in 2008, Sorensen, a Canadian musician-turned-filmmaker, was working on a script at Tantra coffeehouse when he looked across the parking lot and saw people playing football on unicycles. His immediate reaction was, “this has got to be in a movie.” Today it is. Campus Radio features the Unicycle Football League, SXSW live music performances and several recognizable San Marcos people and places, which can be viewed on the movie’s Facebook page.

The film is being distributed by Extra Butter Pictures. The premiere will be followed by a Q and A session with the director and actors, and there will be an afterparty at Tantra.

The trailer can be viewed at http://www.campusradiothemovie.com.

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