Highbridge Film Festival winner claims Emmy

Scenes from Downfall by Ben Rogers.
Scenes from Downfall by Ben Rogers.

WILMORE, KY – Ben Rogers ’10 of Lexington won a student Emmy at the 45th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards. The ceremony took place on July 25 in Lexington, Ky. The Ohio Valley Chapter presents the Emmy Award to television professionals in thirteen markets and four states including Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. Rogers received the award for “Downfall,” a film that premiered at the Highbridge Film Festival in April. At the festival, Roger’s film swept the awards for Best Drama, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Audio, Best Original Musical Score, and the Audience Choice Award.

The short film, according to Rogers, “is about a narcotics detective who is pressured into illegally obtaining a ‘no-knock’ warrant so that his superiors can break, enter, and steal from a drug-dealer’s home.” It was filmed with the collaboration of five other Asbury students: Joshua D. Ford of Newmanstown, Pa. (Writer), Matt Giblin of Waxhaw, N.C. (Camera Operator), Jeff Giblin of Waxhaw, N.C. (Gaffer), Andy Lutz of Zeeland, Mich. (First Assistant Director), and Ben Corwin of Tipp City, Ohio (Boom Operator).

The film was produced in three months on five locations, using more than 40 extras, and $125,000 worth of HD equipment. Two out of the three months were spent on pre-production, which included searching for locations, having release forms signed, holding auditions, purchasing props, storyboarding, and scheduling. Rogers says that the actors, Asbury College, and those who gave their time and locations for free continually blessed the crew with their generosity.

“In general, my goal was to tell a good story on every level and convey a Christian worldview while

Ben Rogers receiving one of multiple awards at the 2009 Highbridge Film Festival.
Ben Rogers receiving one of multiple awards at the 2009 Highbridge Film Festival.

doing so,” Rogers said. He explains that the film exposes an underlying need for redemption as the main character’s final decision upholds his moral integrity.

“We had no idea it would be so well received at Highbridge, and we certainly didn’t expect to win a Student Emmy. All in all, we feel very blessed to have received the award and are looking forward to seeing how the film does at other festivals.”

Rogers has one more semester to complete at Asbury College and then he will be participating in the in the Los Angeles Film Studies program for his final semester. “Hopefully I’ll be able to stay, but we’ll see where God leads me.”

To view Roger’s film “Downfall,” visit vimeo.com/4482185.

Released: July 28, 2009

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