Engaging Culture Weekend: Art, Ideas, Creative Thinking

Asbury University’s upcoming Engaging Culture Weekend, April 24-26, will incorporate concerts, special speakers, educational forums, art shows and the tenth annual Highbridge Film Festival in a campus-wide discussion of culture and worldview.

Asbury University Engaging Culture Weekend
One of the highlights of Engaging Culture Weekend is the annual Highbridge Film Festival.



“A university should be a great center of art, and ideas and creative thinking, and in the context of a Christian college, we should be doing things that articulate a Biblical worldview, whether in art, or music, or film, or literature,” said Greg Bandy ’76, assistant professor in the School of Communication Arts. “That’s what Engaging Culture Weekend is about — trying to get as many people on campus as possible involved in that concept.”

Weekend events will begin on Thursday, April 24 with Sounds of Stage and Screen, the Music Department’s annual concert featuring well-known music from theater, film and television. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 25, media industry professionals will present talks and workshops on an array of topics ranging from practical advice to in-depth discussions about the role of Christians in media. Speakers will include Barry Cook, director of Disney’s “Mulan,” Kathy Campbell of the Heyman Talent Agency, Andrea Nasfell, a 1995 Asbury alumna and screenwriter of “Mom’s Night Out,” and Jim Van Eerden, producer of “The Ultimate Gift.” All presentations and workshops are free and open to the public. (See the full schedule for locations and times).

From 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Asbury University’s Art Department will host receptions for senior art majors Seth Van Der Eems, Anna Ensz, Lizzie Smith and Allee Bolton (See full schedule for exhibit locations). Exhibits will be open throughout the weekend.

Asbury University film
A film written and directed by Asbury professor Joshua Overbay will screen during Engaging Culture Weekend.



Also on Friday evening, Asbury will host a special screening of  “As It Is in Heaven,” a film directed by Asbury film professor Josh Overbay. The screening will be at 9:30 p.m. in the Miller Screening Room. Tickets cost $5 and may be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/as-it-is-in-heaven-wilmore-ky-screening-tickets-11147182523.

The weekend will conclude with the tenth annual Highbridge Film Festival on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. 

Asbury alumnus Zach Meiners ’12, now working in the film industry, says Highbridge offers student filmmakers a chance to showcase their work for a large audience, sometimes for the first time.

“Even big filmmakers rarely get the opportunity to showcase their work in a room that big,” Meiners said. “The biggest theaters usually hold 300 to 400 people. So getting to see your work in a room that large with 1400 to 1500 people — it's electric. You practically hold your breath the entire time your movie is playing.”

Tickets for the Highbridge Film Festival will be available for purchase at the Asbury University cafeteria and the Asbury bookstore starting on April 14, two weeks before the festival. Online ticket sales will open Monday, April 14 and will close Thursday, April 24. Festival passes will cost $15 and will include admission to the Red Carpet Reception in The Miller Center immediately following the festival screenings in Hughes. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door, if supplies last. For more information, visit www.highbridgefilmfestival.com. 

--by Joel Sams '15


Thursday April 24 

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

Friday April 25 – Workshops, Chapel, Special Screening 

9 a.m. — Barry Cook, Film Director (“Being Creative—Even when you don’t feel like it”), Miller Center Screening Room

9 a.m. — Kathy Campbell, Heyman Talent Agency (Acting Workshop: “Agents, Pictures, The Business”), Greathouse Theatre

10 a.m.— Chapel (Jim Van Eerden, Media Executive / Producer)

11 a.m. — Andrea Nasfell, Screenwriter (“Finding Your Voice: How to Tell Your Unique Story”), Miller Screening Room

11 a.m. — Kathy Campbell, Heyman Talent Agency (Acting Workshop: “Audition Technique”), Greathouse Theatre

1 p.m. — Jim Van Eerden, Media Executive/Producer (“Seven Lessons Learned for Future Filmmakers”), Miller Center Screening Room 

1:30 p.m. — Kathy Campbell, Heyman Talent Agency (Acting Workshop: “Commercial Auditions w/Copy”), Greathouse Theatre

2 p.m. — Barry Cook, Film Director (“Inside the Filmmaker’s Studio”), Miller Center Screening Room 

3 p.m. — Andrea Nasfell, Screenwriter (“Rewrites and the Hollywood Development Process”), Miller Center Screening Room

3:30 p.m. — Kathy Campbell, Heyman Talent Agency (Acting Workshop: “Marketing Yourself”), Greathouse Theatre

4-6 p.m. — Student Art Exhibits and Receptions  

  • Seth Van Der Eems – “Studies of the Curtain” (Charcoal Drawings), Johnson Gallery
  • Anna Ensz – “Do Greater Things” (Painting), Johnson Gallery Thru-Way
  • Lizzie Smith – “Vessels” (Sculpture), Johnson Gallery Annex
  • Allee Bolton – “Being a Blessing” (Photography), Kinlaw Lobby

9:30 p.m. — Friday Night Special Screening, “As It Is in Heaven,” Miller Screening Room. The screening will be followed by Q&A forum with director Josh Overbay. Tickets may be purchased online for $5.

Saturday April 26  

7:30 p.m. — The Highbridge Film Festival, Hughes Auditorium. $15 admission for festival pass. A Red Carpet Reception in the Miller Center for Communication Arts immediately follows the film festival. Admission to the reception is included in the festival pass fee. 

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