Most people aren’t aware that Cougars can swim. Filmmaker Kerry Beyer, however, is ready to take University of Houston Coogs on an underwater adventure. The UH C.T. Bauer College of Business alumnus is screening his latest effort “Rogue Strike” on campus this week.
Director/producer/actor Beyer will present his film at 4 p.m., Feb. 5 in UH’s Honors College (second floor of UH’s M.D. Anderson Library) . Admission is free.
He’ll introduce the film alongside co-star Jim Johnson, director of UH’s School of Theatre & Dance. Following the movie, he’ll discuss how his time at UH prepared him for a career as an independent filmmaker.
“Rogue Strike” is an action thriller that features Beyer as a filmmaker making an underwater feature. When his girlfriend is taken hostage by terrorists, he gives in to their demands and tries to retrieve a deep-sea weapon of mass destruction. Complicating matters is the presence of maniacal Russian sub commander Captain Novakov – played by Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts.
The film co-stars other Cougars including theater alumnus David Born and former theater student Joshua Morrison. It also stars Beyer’s late father, Walt Beyer, who passed away this week.
Beyer’s film company Kerosene Films released “Rogue Strike” in December. Other Kerosene productions written, directed and starring Beyer include “Spirit Camp” (2009) and “Killing Mr. Right” (2014).
Beyer earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from UH in 1994. Following UH, he worked as a model and actor. Among his earliest roles was a villain in the TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger” -- taking on the titular hero played by Chuck Norris.
In 2001, he founded Kerosene Films, which specializes in action and horror movies. Other Kerosene productions featuring Beyer as producer, director and actor include “Killing Mr. Right” and “Spirit Camp.”
A complete list of his film credits can be found on the Internet Movie Database.
“It’s an honor to come back to campus and show my work,” he said. “I’ve spent the past 25 years pursuing my artistic dream, and I’m happy to share any insights on acting or filmmaking with UH students.”