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As Asbury University gears up for its annual Highbridge Film Festival, some of the student filmmakers who hope to exhibit their work have already earned kudos at the Floyd Film Festival in Louisville.

Of the 16 films selected for screening at the Floyd festival, seven films were made by Asbury students or alumni. Senior Erik Thein won Best Film and Best Screenplay for “Comfortable,” a short film about a writer who incorporates his experiences into his stories but finds it difficult to distinguish between reality and the fiction he writes. Another film he directed, “4:54,” was screened at the festival.

“It feels great to win the awards, but I actually liked the reception both films received during the credits,” he said. “It’s hard to beat the feeling that the crowd digs your work.”

Other Asbury filmmakers featured at the festival included Nathaniel Winckler ’14 (“Twirl” and “Lola & Her Dog”), Casey Cooley ’13 (“Boy Hero”), Nathaniel Glass ’12 (“Presumption”) and Taylor Dekker ’14 (“Undeath”). Dekker also served as the camera operator for Thein’s “Comfortable.”

Erik Thein '13 (right) directs Andrew Hunter '13 on the set.