Engaging Culture Weekend To Celebrate Fine Arts

Asbury University’s fifth annual Engaging Culture Weekend will feature workshops, films, music and art designed to challenge assumptions and spark new conversations on April 19-21.

“Asbury University is a center for engaging our culture with thoughts about art, music, cinema — all the great things that make up a human being,” said Greg Bandy ’76, assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department at Asbury University. “And of course, we want those things to be shaped and guided by a Christian worldview. We’ve got four top-drawer judges coming from California and Florida, all industry leaders, to work with our students and the public.”

The weekend’s activities kick off at 4 p.m. on April 19 with a screening of “American Teacher,” hosted by the Education Department in the Miller Center Screening Room. The documentary follows the personal and professional stories of four teachers in the United States, the challenges they face and the commitment that inspires them to persevere.

Also on Thursday, the Music Department will present “Sounds of Stage and Screen,” its popular tribute to theatre, film and television tunes, at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. The program includes excerpts from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “Carousel,” and operas by Wagner and Mascagni.

On April 20, several award-winning professionals in the media industry will present a series of workshops open to all students and the public. (Complete schedule below.) Speakers include film director Brian Baugh, audio director Peter Lehman and television producer Karen Covell.

Exhibits and receptions for senior art students Samantha Morlote, Meredith Knowlton, Meg Barker and Matt Poole will begin at 5 p.m. (locations below), and Asbury’s Theatre and Cinema Performance Department will present “Steel Magnolias” at 7 p.m. The evening concludes with a screening of Asbury's award-winning sitcom, "Friends Like You," at 10 p.m.

On April 21, the Highbridge Film Festival, one of the highlights of the weekend, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. A Red Carpet Reception follows the festival in the Miller Center. Tickets for the film festival are $10 and can be purchased on campus the week before the festival.

Thursday, April 19

4 p.m. — “American Teacher,” Miller Center Screening Room

7:30 p.m. — Sounds of Stage and Screen, Hughes Auditorium

Friday, April 20 

Workshops are open to all students and the public, and will take place in the Miller Center Screening Room unless otherwise indicated.

9 a.m. — Brian Baugh, Film Director (“Visual Design: Constructing the Look of a Film”)

10 a.m. — Chapel (Karen Covell, TV Producer), Hughes Auditorium

11 a.m. — Peter Lehman, Audio Director (“Balance: For Audio, Career and Your Life, Part 1”)

1 p.m. — Karen Covell (“How to Break In/Stay In the Industry, Without Losing Your Soul”)

2 p.m. — Peter Lehman (“Balance: For Audio, Career and Your Life, Part 2)

3 p.m. — Brian Baugh (“Directing Actors: Two Concepts for Great Performances and Less Frustrated Actors”)

5-7 p.m. — Senior Art Exhibits and receptions

            Samantha Morlote and Meredith Knowlton, Z.T. Johnson Gallery

            Meg Barker, Kinlaw Library Lobby

            Matt Poole, Reasoner Hall Hallway

7 p.m. — “Steel Magnolias,” Greathouse Theatre (inside Miller Center). Tickets are available from the box office for $6.

10 p.m. — Screening of Asbury University’s sitcom, “Friends Like You,” Hughes Auditorium

Saturday, April 21

2 p.m. — Screenwriting workshop with Janet Batchler, Miller Center Screening Room

7:30 p.m. — The Highbridge Film Festival, Hughes Auditorium, with reception following in the Miller Center. Tickets for the festival are available on campus the week before the event for $10.

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