Engaging Culture Weekend Spotlights Film, Art, Music

Asbury University’s Engaging Culture Weekend will showcase concerts, theatrical performances, special speakers, educational forums, art shows and the renowned Highbridge Film Festival April 14-16.

“We are excited about this year’s Engaging Culture Weekend for a lot of reasons,” said Greg Bandy ’76, assistant professor in the communication arts department at Asbury University. “Our campus is a cultural center of ideas in the areas of music, art, literature, education and film. This weekend gives the community at large an opportunity to experience this with us. These are also areas in which Asbury University seeks to have a ‘salt of the earth’ impact on culture. We also have an excellent group of film professionals coming in for workshops and to judge this year’s Highbridge Film Festival movies. It should be a great weekend.”

The weekend kicks off at 4 p.m. on April 14, with a special screening and forum for the documentary “Waiting for Superman,” hosted by the School of Education. At 7 p.m., the music department will present “Sounds of Stage and Screen” in Hughes Auditorium. This concert will feature several ensembles performing music known from a wide variety of stage and film musicals such as Music Man, Oliver and Eric Whitacre’s Sleep, which was made popular in a YouTube Virtual Choir performance.

At 9 p.m., the communication arts department will present “Comic Potential,” directed by assistant professor Jeff Day, in the Greathouse Theatre. Tickets are $8 and are available at the ticket box office just prior to the show. The Greathouse Theatre is located in the Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts; other weekend performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 15 and at 2:30 p.m. on April 16.

On April 15, documentary director and Asbury alumna Kristin Ross ’97 Lauterbach will speak in Chapel at 10 a.m. in Hughes Auditorium. She will also screen her new documentary “FLESH: Bought and Sold in the U.S.” at 10 p.m. in the screening room of the Miller Center. Due to the intense nature of the film, children under 13 are not encouraged to attend.

Workshops will take place throughout the day on April 15, including a session with Peter Lehman, Academy Award winner for Best Sound Effects on Braveheart.

Also on April 15, the art department will host a reception in the McCreless Fine Arts Center from 5-7 p.m. to honor senior art exhibits. A listing of exhibits is available in the schedule below; the exhibits will be on display through May 6.

On April 16, the 2011 Highbridge Film Festival will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale for $10 at the University’s cafeteria and the bookstore beginning April 11. The Red Carpet Reception in the Miller Center begins immediately following the festival awards. Visit www.highbridgefilmfestival.com for more information.

The Engaging Culture Weekend is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Transformations Project.

Thursday, April 14

4 p.m. — “Waiting for Superman” screening, forum and Q&A; Miller Center screening room

7 p.m. — “Sounds of Stage and Screen,” Hughes Auditorium

9 p.m. — “Comic Potential,” Greathouse Theatre 

Friday, April 15

9 a.m. — Breakfast in the Miller Center Café; Bob Rieth, Media Fellowship

10 a.m. — Chapel, Hughes Auditorium; Kristin Ross ‘97 Lauterbach, director

11 a.m. — Film in Kentucky, Miller Center screening room; Lindy Casebier, Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet

2 p.m. — The Power of Documentaries, Miller Center screening room; Kristin Ross ‘97 Lauterbach, director

3 p.m. — Audio Design for Film and Gaming, Miller Center screening room; Peter Lehman, Academy Award winner for Best Sound Effects on Braveheart

3-5 p.m. — Casting/Audition workshop, Greathouse Theatre; Mark Fincannon, C.S.A., casting for The Blind Side, The Patriot, Evan Almighty

4 p.m. — Special screening and Q&A forum of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Miller Center screening room; Dr. Devin Brown and Dr. Phil Tallon, C.S. Lewis Scholars

5-7 p.m. — Senior Art Exhibit Reception, McCreless Fine Arts Center

     Michael An, Digital Art — Morrison Kenyon Student Center, Map Room

     Erin Barker, Painting — Kinlaw Gallery

     Phillip Morrison, Stained Glass — Morrison Kenyon Student Center, Second Floor

     Andrew Baker, Sculpture/Stained Glass — Z.T. Johnson Gallery

7:30 p.m. — “Comic Potential,” Greathouse Theatre

10 p.m. — Screening and Q&A forum on “FLESH: Bought and Sold in the U.S.,” Miller Center screening room; Kristin Ross ’97 Lauterbach, director

Saturday, April 16

2:30 p.m. — “Comic Potential,” Greathouse Theatre

7:30 p.m. — The Highbridge Film Festival, Hughes Auditorium

Immediately following film festival — Highbridge Film Festival Red Carpet Reception, Miller Center

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