The director of the film festival visits the Vine school before the premiere | Reserved for subscribers

“Americana” director Joshua Schultz has spent months shooting, writing and editing his film and is eagerly awaiting its premiere at the Victoria Film Festival this weekend.

“Americana,” which deals with sex trafficking in the desert, premieres at the Viva Texas Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

However, before people can grab their popcorn and drinks and sit down at the cinema, Schultz took the time on Wednesday to speak to students at Vine School in Victoria to encourage them to work hard and pursue their artistic dreams. .

“One of my goals as an artist is to inspire others to make art and to be wherever you can to inspire people,” he said. “I think the world doesn’t have enough art, so being everywhere I can to contribute fulfills my purpose and the world attracts more creative people who create art.”

The Vine School is a school designed to teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related communication disorders.

“Art can come from anywhere,” Schultz said, noting the many people in her life who showed great passion and brilliance in their art. “As long as someone invests time and effort, you’ll be surprised at what they can do.”

Schultz recalled how people visited his school to inspire him when he was younger and he wants to repay that kindness.

While visiting students in the Vine School’s Bridge program, Schultz shared his experience as a student drawing in the classroom like them and wanting to pursue it as a passion.

From drawing, his passion evolved as he discovered photography and cinema and all the intricacies that go with it and made a career out of it, he said.

However, that only happened because he put in the work learning and doing his craft, Schultz said. He also noted that to be able to make movies you no longer need fancy equipment, because everything can be done just on a phone, noting his own experience in making music videos, shooting album covers and his own work on his film “Americana”. “

“It’s up to you to pull out all the stops to make that happen,” he said.

At the end of class, Schultz signed copies of the Victoria Advocate’s magazine, Discover 361, which features her film, leaving the kids on hand with smiles on their faces as they departed.

The kids responded well to Schultz, and it was great to have her at the Vine School to inspire the kids, said Erin Hatley, executive director of the Vine School.

“To (Schultz) take time out of what I assume is a very busy schedule to promote that you can do whatever you want and give them examples of how he started his artistic work, his journey and his journey, I think it’s really cool,” she said.

Kyle Cotton was born and raised in San Antonio and graduated from San Antonio College and the University of Texas at Arlington. Cotton covered economic development, healthcare, finance, government, technology, oil and gas, and higher education.

Gerald R. Schneider