Engaging Culture Weekend: April 18-20

WILMORE, Ky. — With a schedule of activities ranging from educational forums to the much-anticipated Highbridge Film Festival, Asbury University is primed to showcase its creative interaction with a diverse world of ideas during Engaging Culture Weekend April 18-20.

This sixth-annual event features concerts, theatrical performances, special speakers and visual-art displays both to demonstrate the talents of Asbury students and faculty and to engage with the ideas and philosophies that shape the surrounding culture.

“It's been great to see the other departments get involved in what started as a student film festival,” said Communication Arts Professor Greg Bandy. “We regularly have English, Education, Art, Music, Theatre/Cinema all coordinate programs and events for the weekend. Our students always amaze me. Whether it's a student film I had no idea was being made, or someone on my special events team coming up with a killer concept, I see a lot of diligence and creativity.”

Some highlights of the weekend include the following (complete schedule below):

On Thursday, April 18, Asbury’s School of Education will host a special session with Jon R. Akers, executive director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety from Eastern Kentucky University. Akers will speak on the topic of School Safety and Why Kids Act the Way They Do. His presentation emphasizes the connections between the philosophy of school safety and student engagement.

Later that evening, Asbury’s Music Department will present Sounds of Stage and Screen, a 90-minute performance that features nearly 200 students in six different ensembles. Among the items to be performed will be music from the films “Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Les Miserables,” plus the popular Baba Yetu from the score to the video game “Civilization IV.”

The Asbury Art Department will host senior art exhibits featuring Ron Cole (painting), Kayce Price (photography) and Amanda Beale (photography) in locations across campus. The exhibits will be on display beginning April 15; receptions will be held in each student’s respective exhibit space from 4-6 p.m. on April 19.

Also on Friday, special guests from the film and media industry will offer a full day of workshops and presentations. Lana Corbi, a former media executive with FOX and the Hallmark Channel will speak to the entire campus community in Chapel at 10 a.m.

The Theatre and Cinema Performance program will present "The Beams are Creaking,” a dramatic account of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Greathouse Theatre in the Miller Center. Bonhoeffer, the main subject of Eric Metaxas’s recent best-selling book, was a theologian who defied the Nazis and ultimately led an assassination attempt on Hitler.

A special screening of the film, “Trade of Innocents,” at 10 p.m. on Friday will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Christopher Bessette. This is a major motion picture that revolves around a couple, who in the midst of grieving the loss of their own daughter, set out to rescue young girls sold into the sex slave trade.

On Saturday, Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Rodney Charters will lead an afternoon workshop titled “The Cinematographer As Director.” Charters is known for his work on the TV series “24,” as well as other television shows and films.

Finally, the Highbridge Film Festival will screen this year’s best student films at 7:30 p.m. on April 20 in Hughes Auditorium. The Red Carpet Reception will take place in the Miller Center immediately after the screenings. Admission is $10 for both events. Tickets will be on sale in the bookstore, cafeteria and Miller ticket office April 8-20. For more information visit www.highbridgefilmfestival.com.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 18

Jon R. Akers – School Safety … Why Kids Do the Things They Do

Hosted by Asbury University School of Education


Miller Screening Room, 4:30 p.m.

Free admission


Sounds of Stage and Screen Concert

Presented by Asbury University Music Department

Hughes Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Free admission


Friday, April 19


Engaging Culture speaker: Lana Corbi (former media executive at Fox and The Hallmark Channel)

Hughes Auditorium, 10 a.m.



Director's Master Class Part 1 — The Foundation to Realizing your Vision

Christopher Bessette, film director

Miller Center Screening Room, 9 a.m.


Redemptive Storytelling

Brian Godawa, screenwriter

Miller Center Screening Room, 11 a.m.


Making It in Media

Lana Corbi, media executive/Fox and The Hallmark Channel

Miller Center Screening Room, 1 p.m.


Director's Master Class Part 2 — The Art of Visual Storytelling

Christopher Bessette, film director

Miller Center Screening Room, 2 p.m.


Storytelling as Subversion

Brian Godawa, screenwriter

Miller Center Screening Room, 3 p.m.


Student Art Exhibits and Receptions

Presented by Asbury University Art Department

Ron Cole: “Making Space” (painting) — Art Gallery

Kayce Price: “Remember When?” (photography) — Kinlaw Library

Amanda Beale: “Portraying Portraits” (photography) — Art Gallery Lobby

4-6 p.m.


The Beams Are Creaking

Theatrical Production

Presented by Asbury University Theater and Cinema Performance program

Greathouse Theatre in the Miller Center, 7 p.m.

$5 admission


Trade of Innocents

Special screening, with Q&A afterward with Director Christopher Bessette

Miller Center Screening Room, 10 p.m.

Free admission


Saturday, April 20


The Cinematographer As Director

Rodney Charters, cinematographer

Miller Screening Room, 1:30-3:30 p.m.


The Highbridge Film Festival

Presented by Asbury University Communication Arts Department

Hughes Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

$10 admission for Festival pass


Red Carpet Reception

Miller Center for Communication Arts

Immediately following the Film Festival

Admission to reception included in Festival pass 

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