Levelland native Jeremy Snead is a documentary film maker who has written, produced, and directed a new film called "Video Games, The Movie."
The film premiers in 40 major markets across the country this month and right here in Lubbock this weekend.
“I never could have imagined that it would have become what it is now,” Snead said. “My two great passions - gaming and film - are now coming together. I love games, I love movies and now I have a film called Video Games, The Movie.”
The film documents the inception, history, and evolution of the video game industry. The idea came to Snead's mind thanks to a Nintendo classic, Donkey Kong.
“One day I took my nieces and nephews to Dave & Buster’s and they’re playing all the shooters and driving games and I saw this sad little Donkey Kong console in the corner. I went over there and was playing it and one by one they came over and said, ‘Hey what is this?” he said. “That night I was kind of nostalgic about games and I wanted to watch a documentary about video games. I thought surely it exists because there’s a documentary on everything and come to find out there really wasn't one that covered the entire medium.”
“The next day I started tinkering around with an outline - if there was a documentary about video games what would it look like, and I started to write that out and fast forward four years later and I’m standing here with a finished film at Alamo Draft House here in Lubbock. It’s thrilling.”
Snead’s cast includes actors and active gamers, including Zach Braff from the NBC hit show Scrubs and Sean Astin from movies such as Rudy and Lord of the Rings.
Braff is also the film's executive producer. Snead says it was important to include Lubbock on the list for premier dates because of his roots here.
"The distributor said Lubbock? What’s Lubbock? Then after they researched the market they realized Lubbock would be a great place for a premier, so I really pushed for that,” he said. “It’s just really surreal to not only have this film out but to be here in Lubbock, Texas, my hometown. I’m really excited to see it with an audience and get peoples’ questions after.”
Snead will attend both showings Friday and Saturday night at Alamo Drafthouse and will host a question and answer session following the movie both nights.
Show dates for the movie will run Friday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 23. Tickets can be purchased at http://drafthouse.com/lubbock/.
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