Film Written by Asbury Alum Hits Shelves

“Escape,” a film written by Asbury University alum Andrea Gyertson ’95 Nasfell, debuted on video at Christian bookstores, RedBox and Walmart this week.

The film chronicles the journey of doctors Paul and Kim Jordan as they seek to restore peace to their lives after a tragic personal loss. Fleeing to the islands of Southeast Asia to work with a medical organization, Paul is kidnapped by human traffickers in need of a doctor. With his life hanging in the balance, Paul is forced to confront the question: Why do bad things happen to good people?

escapeposter_0.jpg“I don't think there's a real answer to that big question, but hopefully the film opens up some discussion about it that can be healing or encouraging,” Nasfell said. “The most exciting part of seeing it come together was to see the actors embrace the roles. I was really honored that actors like C. Thomas Howell (“The Amazing Spiderman”) and John Rhys-Davies (“The Lord of the Rings”) would perform in something I wrote. I think it was important, especially for the character of Malcolm, to have an actor of the caliber of Rhys-Davies because he is the voice of Christianity in the film, and he gives the debate such sincerity and grounding, when it could have come off like platitudes.”

Nasfell has several films to her credit, including “What if…”, which was selected by Movieguide as one of 2010’s “Ten Best Films for Family  Audiences,” and “Christmas with a Capital C”, which won Movieguide’s Faith and Freedom Award. Nasfell has written another Christmas television movie called “Christmas Angel” that is currently in production. It will air on December 1 on GMC network starring Della Reese, Teri Polo and Kevin Sorbo.

Asbury will host a viewing of the film on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in the screening room of the Miller Center for Communication Arts, with a talk-back session with Nasfell following the film. The event is free and open to the public.