Now Showing: Asbury Alumni Talent at the Movies
Head to the movie theaters the rest of this month, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a film that has Asbury University written all over it. Asbury — a small, private school in Wilmore, Ky. — has a nationally acclaimed Communication Arts Department, and three films showing in the Bluegrass this month highlight just some of that Asburian talent.
“Moms’ Night Out” — This family comedy was written by Andrea Nasfell (a 1995 Asbury grad) and opened on Mothers Day weekend. A hit with mothers across the country, it’s a hilarious and heart-warming look at the things that can go wrong — and right — when friends go out for an evening without the kids. “Moms’ Night Out” is still playing in Lexington, at the Carmike 10.
“Summer Snow” — Brother-and-sister duo Jeremy (a 2006 Asbury grad) and Kendra White (a 2009 Asbury grad) wrote and directed “Summer Snow” for American Family Studios and filmed in several places in Central Kentucky in 2012. The film follows Hallie Benson, a little girl who navigates some significant family transitions with faith, humor and a courage that wins over the adults in her life. “Summer Snow” will open in select theatres on July 25.
“As It Is In Heaven” — Complimented in The New York Times for its cinematography and carefully calibrated tone, “As It Is In Heaven,” features the work of several Asburians (including 2012 Asbury grad Meg Barker as production designer, Asbury Professor Barry Blair as sound editor, 2012 Asbury graduates Nathanial Glass and Michael Grout as producers and former Asbury Professor Josh Overbay, among others). In the film, a small religious sect navigates a transition of leadership amid questions of what it means to have faith. Film fans in Lexington, Ky., will enjoy a week-long screening in the historic Kentucky Theatre from July 25-31— just a few miles from the movie’s Jessamine County setting. Other screening locations include New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Asbury University’s School of Communication Arts combines award-winning faculty with deep industry experience, a $12.6-million facility with top-of-the-line equipment and flexible spaces, and passionate students to create media that draws on the best of film, print, audio and communication techniques. For more information about the school and its programs, visit Asbury.edu/comarts.