The Little Rock Film Festival is considered one of the up-and-coming festivals across the country where this year marked its seventh year of existence.

The event, held in mid-May, showcased about 80 films. One of those films this year was from a young Sherwood man who sees film as his passion in life.

Travis Mosler, a 2009 graduate of North Little Rock High School but a resident of Sherwood since he was 7, said he was very happy to see his film Diamond John showcased at this year’s festival. His film has drawn a lot of attention from various parties in the film making industry.

At the University of Central Arkansas Film Festival, Diamond John won Best Picture, Best Producer, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

The University of Central Arkansas and Mosler Media presented the short film based on the life of John Wesley Huddleston, the man who discovered naturally occurring diamonds in Murfreesboro in 1906.

In Diamond John’s storyline, Huddleston tries to support his wife and five daughters by digging for gold and precious minerals. But the ground has consistently turned up dry. When faced with the news that his family’s home is facing imminent foreclosure, Huddleston is forced to decide between getting a respectable job, and continuing his passionate prospecting with unlikely hopes of striking it rich. With his wife threatening to take their five daughters and leave, the stakes are high.

“But who knows? Maybe he’ll discover one of the largest naturally occurring diamond sites in the world,” Mosler said.

While he was happy that his film was featured at the Little Rock festival, he wants this to be only the beginning for his career.

“I’m now a recent Honors graduate from the University of Central Arkansas’s Digital Film making program,” said Mosler. “Raised with a broad spectrum of disciplines and passions from baseball, to theater, to piano, to web design, to football, to track, to hunting, and much more, eventually I found my true calling in film making.”

Mosler said he was called to act in a public service announcement to promote ATV Safety for Arkansas Game and Fish and Children’s Hospital.

“It was there that I was first exposed to what goes on behind the camera,” Mosler said. “My intrigue got the best of me.”

Mosler assisted in the production when he was not acting in a scene.

“I picked up the practice pretty quickly, and realized I had an eye for this art form,” he said. “Eventually the director of that project started to send me cuts for me to review. After that, I enrolled in TV production classes at NLRHS, and knew what I my calling in life was.”

In his senior year in high school, he had a music video and a short documentary selected to be screened as at the Little Rock Film Festival as a part of the AETN Student Selects program.

“It’s so cool that now I actually have a film competing in the festival,” he said.

This past summer, he was accepted to the Directing Intensive program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

“The short film I wrote, shot, directed, edited, and produced, Out Alive, earned a place in the top five films of the program.”

He is currently an editor at DSG Consulting, Video Director at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and he also owns a small freelance company called Mosler Media.

Passionate about telling stories with spiritual significance, Mosler ultimately wants to use his craft to glorify God through his talents and allow people to experience entertaining films that are aimed at the spirit, not just the heart.