By Clay Thompson | Internal
A film directed by a Baylor professor is now available to watch on most digital platforms. The film “Seven Short Films About (Our) Marriage”, written and produced by Chris Hansen, Baylor President of Film and Digital Media, has been purchased for distribution by The Nacelle Company.
The film revolves around a couple, Noah and Madison, who, throughout the seven vignettes covering moments in their relationship, are trying to solve issues such as racism and infertility. Hansen said he made the film to portray the emotional ride of a wedding.
“At the best of times, I want the audience to feel the emotion that the characters feel and feel for them and cry with them,” Hansen said. “From a message point of view, I think the message is probably related to communicating that marriages can be difficult. People are individuals and they must learn to live together. But ultimately I would say what I learned in my marriage is that marriage is a choice you made to commit to another person and once you make that commitment it is more. important as the emotional roller coaster you’re going to have. “
Drez Ryan, who plays Noah in the film, said he wanted audiences to see his character in the film so as not to take himself too seriously. He said his main character’s dream was to change the world through his art, but it didn’t work out the way he thought it would.
“Dream as big as you can, but remember that you are human, that you have flaws and it might not work exactly the way you want it to, but it will work its way,” Ryan said.
When the film was acquired for distribution by the Nacelle Company, which has production ties to several shows such as “The Toys That Made Us” and “Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History,” Hansen and Ryan had similar but unique reactions to the short story.
“It was so cool to be able to say to my family, ‘Hey family, I know I’ve been telling you for years that I’m an actor and you didn’t believe me, but here’s the proof!'” Ryan said. “When I heard the news, I was in a state of disbelief first, so having that, being able to share it with my family, was great.”
Hansen said he hopes the Nacelle company will be able to increase the audience for the film.
“I’ve been doing this for long enough that when I do something I just want people to see it and of course like it,” Hansen said. “The Nacelle Company has connections and followers, so I hope that through its cast more people will have the opportunity to see it than they otherwise would.”
Due to its shooting in the summer of 2019, the film was mainly able to avoid the obstacle of the COVID-19 pandemic, which plagued the film industry in 2020. in the summer, the film encountered no major obstacle. However, early screenings of the film at local film festivals were lacking, as many film festivals were canceled or put online during the pandemic.
“We released it right at the start of the pandemic for film festivals, so the festival flow was almost entirely virtual,” Hansen said. “I’ve made a bunch of movies and they’re all available on Amazon or iTunes, but you never know how many people are seeing them.”
Hansen said the film was produced locally, with a few scenes even being shot on the Baylor University campus.
“The scene that involved Baylor’s largest location was the garden outside the Armstrong Browning Library,” Hansen said. “I like to shoot scenes on the Baylor campus whenever possible because I feel like we have a beautiful campus and the people at Baylor tend to really want to work with you in situations like this one. “
Ryan said he has worked with many college students to film at locations in Baylor and while this is a new experience in his acting career, he said he enjoys working with them as well as ‘with Hansen.
“Being surrounded by this energy and these diverse perspectives on life, since going to college is a new life experience for a child, it was refreshing and entertaining,” Ryan said.
Thanks to the distribution deal with the Nacelle company and with more opportunities for people to see the film, Hansen said he hopes more people will find and like it.
“It’s tough for independent cinema because I’ll be watching an independent film with actors I’ve never heard of, so I imagine people will walk past my film,” Hansen said. “Getting him out is hard enough and having an eye on him is really hard. So whoever watches the movie and takes a minute to watch it again and say something nice about it, it’s just a really rewarding thing.