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Texas Independent Film Network and Baylor Film and Digital Media Series Will End With Trip to "Mars"

Texas Business reports: Baylor film and digital media, a division of the communication studies department, will show its final Texas Independent Film Network movie screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Room 101 of Castellaw Communications Center, 219 Baylor Ave.

The department will screen "Mars," a 2010 movie described by the Texas Independent Film Network as an "exploration of exploration."

Set in 2015, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are competing in a new space race to explore the planet Mars.

Three astronauts - played by Mark Duplass, director of "Cyrus" and star of "Humpday;" Paul Gordon, director and star of "The Happy Poet;" and actress Zoe Simpson - are sent to outer space and experience personal and travel woes.

Written and directed by Geoff Marslett, "Mars" features a supporting cast of singer-songwriter Howe Gelb, comic book artist and rocker James Kachalka, "LOST" actress Cynthia Watros, "Gilmore Girls" actress Liza Weil and Texas humorist and musician Kinky Friedman.

A Q&A with Marslett and "Mars" lead animator and set designer Robert Howell will follow the screening.