Alumnus Jason Croft began his film career with a strong interest in being a photography director. Then out of necessity he produced as well as shot on several features and shorts.
“It’s a strange combination, but I really enjoy both aspects of the business,” says Croft, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999. “I’m concentrating almost completely now on producing, and I’m having a ball doing it.”
It’s serving him well.
He was one of the producers for the 2010 film Brotherhood, which has garnered widespread acclaim, receiving the audience award from both the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and the Dallas International Film Festival. The New York Times named Brotherhood a critic’s pick in 2011.
The movie focuses on Adam, who must steal $19.10 from a convenience store because the fraternity he’s pledging was founded in 1910. It’s the final step of his initiation into Sigma Zeta Chi.
He plunges into the store, and minutes later a fellow pledge is shot and gravely injured. Frank, the fraternity brother in charge of the ritual gone awry, gets the injured pledge out of the store alive. As the evening spirals out of control, Adam, a freshman, must find the courage to go against Frank, a senior, and his new brothers to save his friend’s life.
Several other UT Arlington alumni worked on Brotherhood, and much of it was filmed at the University. In fact, the former Delta Upsilon house on Abram Street served as the home of the fictional Sigma Zeta Chi fraternity.
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Jason Croft ’99 was a producer for the critically acclaimed film Brotherhood, which chronicles a fraternity initiation gone awry. Several other UT Arlington alumni worked on the movie, and much of it was filmed on campus.