Students Count Down to Highbridge Film Festival

The entry deadline has passed, tickets are on sale and excitement is building for the 2012 Highbridge Film Festival at 7:30 p.m. on April 21 at Asbury University.

Now in its eighth year, the Highbridge Film Festival features around a dozen student-produced short films that are judged by media industry professionals and screened before an audience of 1,200. A reception in the Miller Center for Communication Arts follows the festival.

The Highbridge Film Festival draws more than 1,200 viewers each year.
The Highbridge Film Festival draws more than 1,200 viewers each year.

While many of the students directing and producing the films are media communication majors, students in disciplines throughout the University are involved in film projects as actors, musicians and artists. There is also a high-school category in the festival that gives younger students an opportunity to try their hand at creating films while getting to know the Asbury program better.

“Potential students come to Highbridge, and seeing a festival of that magnitude and having that experience builds on Asbury’s already-great reputation in the media communication industry,” said senior Alexis Witman.

In addition to judging the festival, the panel of judges also holds workshops on different topics that are free and open to all students and the public. (A schedule of workshops is available here.)

This year’s judges include:

  • Janet Batchler, a writer in the film and production industry and teacher at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Batchler, along with her husband and partner Lee Batchler, are well known for their scripts "Smoke and Mirrors," "Batman Forever," and "My Name is Modesty."
  • Brian Baugh, a director and screenwriter with more than 15 years of experience in the film industry. He is best known for directing the teen drama “To Save a Life.” After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with honors, he received a graduate scholarship to attend the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He spent the next 10 years as a cinematographer shooting more than 20 features, as well as shooting and directing dozens of commercials.
  • Karen Covell, a television producer, the director of the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN) and co-founder and producer for JC Productions, an independent television and music production company. She has worked on many television productions, including “The Two Lives of Carol Letner” and “Players or Pawns.”
  • Peter Lehman, an accomplished sound designer, mixer, and composer. His work on “Braveheart” garnered an Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing and an MPSE Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Effects Editing. Lehman’s screen credits also include works such as “Mulan,” “The Prince of Egypt,” “Jerry McQuire,” and “Homeward Bound.”

Tickets for the film festival cost $10 and are available at the Z.T. Johnson Cafeteria during lunch and dinner hours, the University bookstore, the Miller Center box office and online at the Highbridge Film Festival Web site.