There was an air of expectation in the theatre on Friday night, as an array of colorful gowns and pristine suits and ties entered the grand Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Fl. It was to be the premier of Southeastern University’s first feature film Roundhousen’s Roast. With flash photography and the cameras rolling, it really felt like an authentic Hollywood premier. The guests attending represented a variety of students, faculty, staff, parents, and locals from the community.
The film started at around 7:30 p.m. and held our attention for the next 90 minutes. Afterwards the actors and crew “opened it up” for a time of Q&A. This was then followed by a reception with coffee and cupcakes. I have to say that I was very impressed. They produced the film with no budget and only one professional actor. Yet, you would have never guessed. The acting in particular, was exciting and professional, and the script was very clever with somewhat of a twist at the end.
It was a murder mystery and comedy at the same time (a little like the movie Clue). The film was engaging until the very end. I hope the University decides to make more films in the future. Dave DeBorde, a professor at Southeastern and also the director of the film, said that he hopes to produce another movie next year. If you are interested in finding out more about Roundhousen’s Roast or purchasing the film on Blu-ray or DVD, you can go to their facebook or contact Southeastern University.