Student filmmakers win Emmy for short film

Kendra White and Audra Buckel with members of the "Knot Yet" cast.
Kendra White and Audra Buckel with members of the "Knot Yet" cast.

WILMORE, KY—While the characters in their film had to wait for their long awaited moment, Audra Buckel ’11 and Kendra White ’10 have to wait no longer for their big day. The pair received a Student Emmy Award this year for their short film "Knot Yet," which premiered at the 2009 Highbridge Film Festival. The Award will be presented at the 2010 Emmy Awards of the Ohio Valley region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Columbus, Ohio, on July 31.

"Knot Yet" was written, directed, edited and produced by Buckel and White, who spent many nights on the floor of Glide-Crawford residence hall pitching ideas back and forth until they came up with something that resounded in both of their hearts.

"We wanted to make a film that would show the struggles that both young and old face when gaining or losing their independence," White said. "A person's worth is not tied to what freedoms they possess or even their contribution to society, people are valued because God says they are. And ultimately, whether losing or gaining your freedom, it just helps to have people that love you no matter what."

White graduated in May and is working for the American Family Association as a video producer and writer. AFA promotes traditional family values with an online magazine and more than 200 radio stations throughout the nation. Buckel will complete her degree from Asbury in 2011.

"It is exciting to be a part of a ministry that holds the same values and ideals that I do and has the same vision for changing our culture through media," White said. "Asbury prepared me for exactly what I am doing at AFA and I am using just about every tool that I was given!"

The duo also won the Best Screenwriting Award at the Highbridge Film Festival. This is the fifth Student Emmy won by an Asbury student in seven years. The Ohio Valley region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences includes Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana. Asbury competed against all schools in the region from large state universities to smaller private colleges.

To view "Knot Yet," visit Highbridgefilmfestival.com under the 2009 entries.