A Harker Heights high school senior is showcasing her talents at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin this weekend.
The student’s short movie is among 18 films chosen to compete in the festival’s exclusive high school division.
“I’ve just fallen so in love with it!,” says Harker Heights senior Cassie Greer.
For Greer, her passion for movies and love stories began at an early age.
“I’ve always grown up watching old films with my dad, and he’s always been a huge influence on me with movies and films that he’s watched,” Greer says.
Greer said it took her some time to figure out what she wanted to do growing up. After tinkering with cameras and taking graphic design classes, she realized her passion was right in front of her this whole time.
“I also grew up with cameras and stuff in my house. I had a little digital camera, and it just struck me like, ‘Wait! I’ve been doing this my whole life!’ So it only makes sense to continue doing this,” Greer says.
Now her short film A Pinch of Love will be showcased on the big screen for the SXSW Film Festival in Austin.
“It focuses on the struggles of marriage, and that was my main goal. I wanted to show that love isn’t something that is easy, and something that’s going to work day after day. It’s something you have to put in the effort to actually make happen,” Greer says.
The scene is set in her grandmother’s retro 1950’s home. Greer was directing for the first time with a skeleton crew, working long days and nights.
Orginally, she planned to use the film for her college applications – but after submitting it to the festival, it became something much more.
“It took me about three months to edit it all. I was editing it while in the middle of college applications and the start of school, and it was a really intense time for me,” Greer explains.
Her hard work is already paying off, and the Harker Heights senior has even bigger goals ahead.
“Ultimate goal? Maybe the Academy Awards. That’s being a little hopeful, but as long as I am part of the film making process, I think I will be happy and content with whatever I do,” Greer says.