Nathan Scoggins’ Film “What Remains” to Premiere at Austin Film Festival

September 30, 2022

What Remains, a feature film written and directed by Prof. Nathan Scoggins, will premiere at the Austin Film Festival in October 2022. The murder mystery, set and shot in northern Texas, was produced by Ralph Winter (X-Men), with executive producers Korey Scott Pollard (Chicago Fire) and Sean Doherty, CEO of Sharpened Iron Studios which co-financed the project.

As reported by Variety, the film stars Cress Williams (Black Lightning, Never Been Kissed) as a small town pastor “who is forced to contend with an act of forgiveness when the convict he forgave for murdering his wife returns to town five years later.” Meanwhile, the late Anne Heche (Six Days Seven Nights, Volcano) stars as a sheriff investigating another murder which may be related.

Kellan Lutz (Twilight series, The Expendables 3) plays the convict who returns to town with his own dark agenda; Marcus Gladney Jr. (The Underground Railroad) will play the pastor's estranged son, and Stelio Savante (The Chosen) features as Heche's small-town deputy.

Production took place over five weeks last September and October in Amarillo, TX. A total of 17 JPCatholic alumni and four current students served in various roles on set, representing over a quarter of the film’s crew.

Scoggins has been a Professor of Film at JPCatholic since 2008, where he also served as Producer for the university-produced feature film Red Line (2013). Scoggins’ previous credits for writing and directing include The Least of These (starring Isaiah Washington) and The Perfect Summer (starring Eric Roberts).

“I made What Remains from the heart,” said Scoggins. “Not just the writing but the shooting too. Being able to include students and alumni/ae was an opportunity to make this movie the way I’ve dreamed — with focus, determination, kindness and commitment. I’m so proud of so many of the young filmmakers I’ve mentored over the years, grateful for the way they stepped up to the plate and delivered every day, and excited to celebrate this milestone.”

After actress Anne Heche’s tragic death in August, What Remains will be one of her final films to premiere posthumously. Scoggins recently wrote up a reflection in Variety on his experiences working with the actress: “Anne Heche Remembered by ‘What Remains’ Director: ‘I Hope She Found Some Grace and Peace Along the Way’”

What Remains is scheduled to premiere at the festival Friday, October 28th at 6pm, with another screening to follow on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 6pm. For information on festival passes, click here.