Young East Texas Film Maker's Movie Makes Silver Screen

From the local donut shop, to the movie store--the posted signs were modest, promoting the latest work by a modest East Texas filmmaker.

"It's a western," said 18-year-old Sean Broadbent of Van.  "Something just captures my imagination about the western."

Sean's latest movie is A Murder of Crows.

"I was like, I want to do this differently.  I don't want this to be something we just show friends and family, or folks at school."

Sean said he wanted his next film to have an even larger audience. And some of those folks at school were more than excited to help Sean make his dream come true.

Van High School senior, Josh Helms plays Sheriff Harris in the film.

"I told him I love villains."

Jake Smith, another Van High student, said Sean approached him with a script a few months ago.

"He said, 'what do you think? I'm thinking of you for this role.'  After thinking it over, I thought it was a great idea."

And now A Murder of Crows is a true western, filmed right here in East Texas.

"We shot in Mineola in the train station, and we shot around Van," said Sean.

Sean made all of the arrangements to even travel to Beaumont and Palestine to film portions of the 21-minute, short film.  He even sold some plasma to help with the budget.

"I did give a little plasma to make some money," Sean said.

"He had his heart set on this, and it's been so inspiring," said Helms.  "He's been working hard."

And that hard work is paying off.  Sean's film was recently accepted to the Swansea Bay Film Festival in the U.K.    It's an honor he doesn't take for granted.

"My dream is to be a lifetime story teller.  If I get to do that for the rest of my life, then that's my best reward," he said.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.