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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a professional filmmaker. Then, upon meeting the necessary requirements, you will be given the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles or New York and pitch your film idea to an executive who could buy or get your movie made.

Film Production & Editing Details

In the Film Connection for Cinematography program, you will learn the techniques involved in capturing a moving image and will start to develop “the eye of the DP.” The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry required to get the needed shots and to shape light to achieve the director’s desired artistic effect.

Cinematography Details

Workshops

The screenwriter is the person who creates, takes, or adapts an idea and formulates a screenplay. Without the writer, there would be no movie. Period. He or she is the starting gate. He or she is the person who gets the ball rolling down the hill.
 
In the Film Connection for Screenwriting workshop, you will learn the elements that make for a “Killer Script” by developing and writing your own feature length screenplay under the direction and mentorship of a working professional screenwriter.

Screenwriting Details

In many ways the film editor is the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often considered just a film technician, a good editor is so much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.
 
In the Film Connection for Film Editing workshop, you will develop your knowledge of storytelling and screenplay structure as the foundational blueprint of a film. You will also develop your technical understanding of editing as an extern to a professional editor in a post-production facility.

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An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our externship-based, mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company.

Tuition
Comparison

Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to hands-on, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.

 

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$12,750** Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
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$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

**Total cost varies by program
*Average Accrued Interest Charges
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About Our Houston Film School Alternative

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learn filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection’s mentored externship-based approach. We make building relationships an integral part of what we do.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors work in the real world where the competition is fierce and having the right gear matters. As an extern you have access to the latest hardware and tools of the trade.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite for any successful career in filmmaking. Your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Making Movies

We believe the whole point of going to any film school or certificate program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our Film Production & Editing curriculum is designed around this concept, from start to finish.

What is the Next Step?

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

Greg Freeman Houston Mentor

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Greg Freeman Houston Mentor

Background

Greg Freeman is an award-winning Director of Photography with nearly two decades in news, sports, entertainment, special programming, documentaries, and commercials. Greg has directed projects for nearly every major television network including ABC, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, HGTV, NBC, PBS, and more.

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Tom Malloy Houston Mentor

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Tom Malloy Houston Mentor

Background

The Alphabet Killer, Love N’ Dancing, The Attic, Hero of the Underworld, Law & Order: SVU

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Jason Jackson Houston Mentor

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Jason Jackson Houston Mentor

Background

Past productions include LMN’s Monstresses; Investigation Discovery’s Cuff Me If You Can; America’s Most Haunted and UFO’s Crashed my Vacation; America’s Most Secret and I Faked My Own Death for Discovery; National Geographic’s 42 Ways to Kill Hitler and Don’t Try This At Home; Vampire Secrets and Ancient Ink for The History Channel; Las Vegas Bikers for truTV; Weather Channel’s Full Force Nature; True Confessions for WE-TV as well as Beyond Death and Investigative Reports for A&E.

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Matthew Temple Houston Mentor

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Matthew Temple Houston Mentor

Background

“All aspects of filmmaking are primarily experiential, so a program like this one gives the students what they need most- the opportunity to DO.” — Matthew Temple, Producer of “The Advocate” and Universal’s “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn”

Matthew Temple has long stood at the crossroads of art and social action–his work and passion split between telling stories and participating in the creation of new paradigms wherein new stories for the future can be created. As a storyteller, he works as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor.  As a social entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of the non-profit WeStrive, where he is the executive director of the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival. Temple is currently VP of Production and Development for Mili Pictures Worldwide.

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Nick Kielhold Houston Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Houston Mentor

Background

Nick is your basic military brat. Except for the fact that neither of his parents were actually in the military. But, like many military families, his family moved several times during his youth, living in Omaha, Chicago, and Minneapolis among other places. And although he wasn’t living on military bases, he developed a deep interest in History, and all things military. Ask him about the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, and you may just get an entire lesson on the Pacific Theater of World War II. When he’s not painting tanks for his war game simulations, Nick works here. He shoots video. He edits video. He talks about World War II. A lot. Anyone who comes into contact with Nick will become much better versed in the history of mankind and all the wars it has produced over the years. Nick provided 50% of the formula that founded Full Effect Productions over 18 years ago, and has played a vital role in its success. Nick is a 1987 graduate of the University of South Dakota, and his previous experience includes working at a local TV station as Commercial Videographer/Producer. Not taking a cue from his parents, Nick has decided to keep his family in one city, and has called Sioux City, Iowa home since 1988. He has a wife of 29 years and an adult son and daughter. In his free time, Nick can be found studiously painting small military ships, tanks and airplanes. He has amassed large numbers of these items that comprise entire military units used for battles at the MAGECON gaming convention. He’s a film buff who’s recently installed home theater has him positively giddy, and hardly ever seeing daylight.

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Logan Hale Houston Mentor

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Logan Hale Houston Mentor

Background

Logan is a lifelong filmmaker. With 8 years of experience in Event and Experiential Marketing, Logan has a passion for communicating the brand message and essence with artistic quality and creativity.

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Megan Kennedy Houston Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Houston Mentor

Background

Megan is an award-winning photographer and videographer with over 10 years of video production experience, from directing and editing national PSA campaigns to producing feature-length documentaries.

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Calix Lewis Reneau Houston Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Houston Mentor

Background

Calix Lewis Reneau is a producer and writer, known for An Even Worse Joke (2013), Canyon Road (2013) and My Cousin’s Ghetto Wedding (2016).

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Sandy Stern Houston Mentor

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Sandy Stern Houston Mentor

Background

Producer, Being John Malcovich, Saved!, Velvet Goldmine, Pump Up the Volume, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, Equinox, Red Hot

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Rob Helmstetter Houston Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Houston Mentor

Background

Rob has experience with major corporate ad agencies Publicis, Medicus, Digitas based in New York and Chicago. He has always been on the bleeding edge of technology and believes that services should be simple for the viewers.

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Ryan Kindahl Houston Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Houston Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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The Film Scene in Houston

The Houston, Texas Film Connection Film School Alternative

Why Houston is a Great Place to Learn to Become a Film Director.

Film Connection grad Taylor Giddens and crew on set

You live in Houston. You dream of becoming a film director. You are wondering if you can learn to become a great director in Houston, or do you need to move to somewhere like Hollywood to attend film school. The Houston Film Connection emphatically says, you can learn to become a great director in Houston. In fact, staying at home while you learn to become a director might be the absolute best thing you can do.

Here’s why staying in Houston and Training as a Film Extern Could be the Way for You:

It’s a well-known secret that the number one way to become a director is to start directing. It follows that the best film school to learn to become a director is the place where you can do the most directing. Forget film theory, forget cinematography rules, forget traditional concepts of education, just attend a school that will let you start making films and learn how to tell a story in pictures.

This is where the Houston Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program comes into play. Once enrolled in our disruptive film directing mentor/externship program, you’ll be paired with an accomplished film director in a Houston film production company like Tyler Casper of Studio 713. Their 6800 square foot studio is chock full of 4K and Red Epic Dragon gear with a full on cyclorama green screen and vast post-production facilities. They work on over 200 music videos a year, plus assorted feature and corporate work. Their studio is humming and it’s why they are one of the Film Connection’s favorite film mentors.

With access to all that equipment, studio facilities plus the mentoring expertise of Tyler you will be directing your own films from virtually the get-go. Guess what? Your first films are almost guaranteed to suck. That’s to be expected. And that’s where the Houston Film Connection Film Directing Program excels. Imagine being able to go over your first efforts, scene by scene, frame by frame with a true professional, like Tyler, offering you suggestions, tricks of the trade, and personalized critiques on a one-on-one personal basis. Your learning curve to becoming a director has just went supersonic. It’s not rocket science, the more films you direct, the better you will become at directing and the San Antonio Film Connection will provide you with virtually unlimited access to all the gear, studio space and instruction you need to make as many movies as you can. There’s an old saying, “if you want to be rich, don’t hang around poor people.” Well, if you want to be a director, don’t hang around a bunch of film students—hang around a bunch of film professionals instead. With the Houston Film Connection Film Directing Program, you’ll be doing just that.

Now rest easy, we don’t hand you a camera and tell you to come back tomorrow with a film.

About the Curriculum for Film Connection for Film Production & Editing

The Houston Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program comes with an outstanding structured curriculum that breaks down into three sections:

Section One: Learn Screenwriting.

Just like an author of a book tells a story with words, the director of a film tells a story with a camera. This film story started as an idea that became a screenplay. Our screenwriting section is designed to teach you everything that goes into writing a screenplay—we even pair you with a screenwriting mentor who has feature films to their credit—because the better you understand how to translate a written screenplay into a visual film, the better director you will become—this skill is the essence of film directing. Even if you never write a screenplay yourself, you’re going to need to understand screenwriting, at least conceptually, to become a director.

Section Two: Directing and Filmmaking.

This section of our film directing curriculum deals with all the technical and logistical considerations a director needs to know to create a film. Directors need to make dozens of decisions for every scene that’s shot. From lighting to permits, from cinematographer to meal breaks, there’s a million details a director needs to understand, communicate and decide. Our curriculum covers them all.

Section Three: Pitch Meeting.

Many of our students come to us with an idea in mind for a feature film they want to make. That might even be why you’re reading this. That’s great. Every film starts with an idea. For those students, we help them craft an elevator pitch (a 30 word or less description of your film), create a sizzle reel (think movie trailer), perfect their screenplay and produce a budget breakdown. We then set up a pitch meeting with film industry heavyweights who have the power to green light their film. What if you don’t have an idea for a movie but are looking to direct something other than a feature film, say a music video for instance? The same concepts still apply—at some point you will need to have a pitch meeting to get hired to be a director, regardless of the project. The Houston Film Connection will teach you the skills for this, or any other type of pitch meeting, so you can be prepared.
We started by posing the question, if you live in Houston can you learn to be a film director without leaving town? We followed that with some compelling reasons why you can learn everything you need to learn about becoming a film director without leaving Houston. We haven’t even touched on what might be the most important reason to stay in Houston to learn to become a director—homefield advantage.

Homefield advantage: You already live in Houston. You know the city. You know some great locations in Houston. You know people in Houston who can become your cast and crew. You know what the cost of living is in Houston. You presumably have a roof over your head in Houston. You might have a job or some great side gigs lined up in Houston. You can establish home town connections with local businesses to sponsor your films or become clients of your work. In short, you have a wealth of hometown advantages that will help you on your path to becoming a film director.

Which brings us to the real question you should be asking yourself is, “How many films am I going to direct in the next six months if I attend film school to become a director?” The answer depends on the film school so it should be the first question you ask of film schools you are thinking of attending. Because at the end of the day, degrees don’t matter when it comes to directing. What matters is your reel, and the more films you direct, the more content you will have for your reel. The Houston Film Connection will make sure you graduate with a great reel and awesome real-life Houston film connections.

The Houston, TX Film Connection Film School Alternative

1) More Locations than Conventional Film School.

The Film Connection isn’t restricted to one campus, or even a handful of campuses. Because of the way we train you, we’ve got locations all over the United States, including in Houston, Texas. With our programs, your path to Hollywood begins right where you live.
Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Low Tuition Means Little or No Debt.

You shouldn’t have to mortgage your future to go to film school, yet that’s precisely what the other guys expect, thanks to their skyrocketing tuition rates. We bring common sense back to educational costs by keeping our tuition affordable. So low, in fact, that you can graduate our film school alternative with little or no debt.
Ordinary film schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) On-the-Job Training, Not In a Classroom.

There is no such thing as a classroom with the Houston Film Connection. Instead, your classroom is the “real world.” We train you on the job by placing you as a student extern with a real film production company. We believe that there’s no better, smarter or more effective way to learn to produce, direct or edit film.
Real-world experience, not useless theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) One-on-One Mentoring.

With the Film Connection, all training happens one-on-one. Your instructor is a seasoned, working film professional who serves as your personal mentor—someone with real film credits and lots of industry connections.
One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Endorsements From Hundreds of Film Professionals.

It’s not an idle boast: We’re endorsed by some of the best film professionals in the business. We’ve got more professional endorsements than any ordinary film schools, for one simple reason: our program works.
More professional endorsements than ordinary film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Job Placement Assistance (Not In Name Only).

At the end of your externship, we don’t just hand you a sheet of job leads and leave you to it like the other schools do. Every one of our students is automatically enrolled in our Stay Connected Program, which works actively to help you find work for up to 12 months beyond graduation.
“Job placement” at other schools means handing you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) You’re Already On the Inside.

Going to film school is the easy part of starting your career: the hard part is getting the attention of an industry that mainly hires from within—getting your foot in the door. With the Houston Film Connection, this step is built into our programs from the beginning. You’re in the door from day one, working as an extern on real film productions. No need to clamor for attention, because you’re already getting one-on-one attention from one of the best, and you’re already getting the chance to meet lots of other people! The opportunity to advance is built right into the program.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Tutoring is Available.

We don’t want any student to fall through the cracks. If you get stumped with an assignment or project, we offer real person-to-person tutoring, at no additional cost to you, to help you get over the hump.
 Personalized tutoring. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Real Industry Connections—Lots of Them.

One of the biggest advantages of learning on-the-job is the ability to make connections. Ask anyone in this business and they’ll tell you connections are VITAL to your success in film. The only way to make these connections is to be where the industry pros are hanging out and working—and that’s where the Film Connection puts you. The people you meet as an extern are key to your future success.
Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) Hollywood Awaits!

If you want to forge a career in the Houston film scene, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. If you want to take it all the way to Hollywood, however, we offer an unprecedented opportunity. We’ve structured your curriculum to guide you through the steps of developing your own film idea, and when you’re ready, the Film Connection will arrange for you to PITCH YOUR FILM in Los Angeles to actual film industry executives!
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. No ordinary film school does this. 

Your HOUSTON, TEXAS FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

Looking for a good Houston film school? What if you had the opportunity to learn directly from the pros? The FILM CONNECTION is the only film school alternative in Houston that hooks you up as a film student extern inside an actual Houston film production company, where you will learn directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting and more. The best way by far to break into film in Houston is to start inside a Houston film production company as a film extern.

Why would you spend upwards of 50 thousand dollars to go to film school at a college or film trade school, when you can spend far less money at our film school alternative in a real production company? Make the smart move and get your education on the inside track. Our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient way to jumpstart your film career.

To APPLY for our Houston Film School alternative, click here.

The largest city in the state of Texas, HOUSTON is home to over 2 million people (make that 6 million if you count the greater metro area), making it the 10th largest DMA in the United States. Synonymous with space travel (“Houston, we have a problem”) and the oil and gas industries, the town is also home to the Astros (MLB), Rockets (NBA) and the Texans (NFL).

Aside from a thriving independent film scene, and lots of TV and film production opportunities as the local level, Houston also serves as a backdrop for many major motion pictures. Here are just a few of the titles you might recognize that have been filmed in Houston:

  • Rushmore (1998)
  • Urban Cowboy (1980)
  • Friday Night Lights (2004)
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Blood Simple (1984)
  • Armageddon (1998)
  • Tin Cup (1996)
  • Tree of Life (2011)
  • Boyhood (2013)

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the film industry right here in Houston, and the FILM CONNECTION can get you in the heart of the action where ordinary schools can’t.

As a film extern, you’ll receive one-on-one instruction from your mentor (a working film professional) while you work on-the-job in real production houses and on the set. You’ll gain valuable industry connections every day you show up for “class.” At the end of your six-month course, you could have all the experience and connections you need to start your career in film or TV. Some FILM CONNECTION film school students even get hired by their mentors before they graduate.

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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making movies, maybe even the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including famous producers, screenwriters and directors—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Mark Kohn

Marc is an accomplished executive with a consistent record of managing costs, measuring progress with metrics and creating operational efficiencies. He’s a thoughtful and enthusiastic professional possessing the ability to create a vision, gain executive alignment and effectively lead dynamic high performance teams for success.

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Jason Hewitt

Jason Hewitt, a native of Louisiana, left the technology industry to join the film and television industry. Hewitt was an early mover in the Internet economy, founding the website creation and marketing management company Planet Symphony in 1994.

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David Fuhrer

David’s stage and studio clients include: Bravo, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Sex & The City, American Cancer Society, Clairol, Law & Order – Criminal Intent, Amazon, Verizon, VH1, The History Channel, MTV, Director’s Guild of America and many many more.

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ICM Partners

and RRF have donated to the Hide & Seek Foundation’s SOAR (Support of Accelerated Research).

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Carl Millender

Carl Millender born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 5, 1970 is a pioneer in the film and television industry. In 1990 Carl Millender became a cultural consultant for NBC’s new programs, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air”, “Seinfeld”…

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Brian Glazen

Equal parts MacGyver, Steven Spielberg and Gandhi, Brian has ideas. Ideas about marketing, ideas about communication and ideas about fixing just about anything that might be broken. When he’s not sharing his ideas with clients you can usually find him fixing things at his own home or eagerly searching for things that may need fixing…

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Sam Borowski

“Film Connection truly is the ‘Film School of Hard Knocks.’ It helps new students to gain experience and network and teaches one thing I always preach to young filmmakers: practicality. It gives new students and would-be filmmakers, writers and editors, a chance to connect personally with their mentors.”

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Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

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Richard Berg

Richard Berg is an Art Director’s Guild and Emmy nominated Production Designer. He is responsible for the Production Design of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Eleventh Hour, Miami Medical, Chase and Modern Family. Berg is also an architect.

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Jeff Kushon

Great program. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Jeff has worked on over 200 film sets and has been a Set Decorator on hit movies, “Dude Where’s My Car”, “Nurse Betty”, “Blade 2”, “Beautiful”, “She’s All That” as well as TV shows “Modern Family”, “Trust Me” and “Miami Medical”.

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Luis Estrada

“Our first extern in this program was put right in the middle of the action and it was amazing how he was able to learn by doing. This Film Connection is great for people with a sincere interest in this field. Our extern turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope his experience […]

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Matt Pellowski

“Being paired with working professionals and established companies allows up-and-coming artists to learn on the job, introduces them to the realities of film production, and helps them acquire the tools needed to become successful. Two of our current staff are graduates of the Film Connection.”

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Contact the Film Connection


2800 Post Oak Blvd #4100
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 936-4955


849 Richey Street Room One
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 251-7055

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M - F 11:00AM - 8:00PM

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