JPCatholic Students & Alumni Work on Prof. Scoggins’ Feature Film “What Remains”

October 18, 2021

Prof. Nathan Scoggins wrapped production last week on his feature film “What Remains”, a murder mystery set and shot in northern Texas. Written and directed by Scoggins, the indie film is produced by Korey Scott Pollard (“Chicago Fire”), with executive producers Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and Sean Doherty, CEO of Sharpened Iron Studios which is co-financing 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, Anne Heche (“Chicago P.D.”, “Volcano”) stars as a sheriff investigating another murder which may be related.

Additional cast includes Kellan Lutz (“Twilight” series), Marcus Gladney Jr. (“The Underground Railroad”), and Stelio Savante (“The Chosen”).

Production took place over five weeks in 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 an 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’m thrilled to have brought so many JP students and alumni/ae onto the set of ‘What Remains,’” said Scoggins. “It was a great opportunity, especially for young filmmakers just graduating college, to work with established actors and industry professionals. It’s one thing to create an opportunity for people; however it’s another when they nail it. These students nailed it every day; they were hard-working, dedicated and trustworthy, and quickly earned the respect of their colleagues and department heads. I can’t wait to work with them again.”

Andrew Koltuniuk, who graduated from JPCatholic’s film program in 2020, worked on “What Remains” as a Camera Production Assistant: “It was beautiful to see the professional crew meld so well with the alumni and students. There's nothing like being on a professional set and learning from professionals in the industry. I am looking forward to seeing the film when it comes out and I'm proud to have my name attached to such an incredible film.”

“What Remains” is expected to have a release date in 2022.

A brief look behind the scenes of “What Remains”