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March 30, 2016

The Highbridge Film Festival launches students into the next stages of graduate school and career.

WILMORE, Ky. — When the lights dim for Asbury University’s Highbridge Film Festival, students hold their breath for an amazing opportunity — seeing their work premiered live before an audience of more than 1,200 people. Part film showcase, part red-carpet gala event and part hands-on event planning class, Highbridge is an experience that launches students into the next stages of graduate school and career. 

As part of Engaging Culture Weekend, this year’s Highbridge Film Festival will take place on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Asbury’s historic Hughes Auditorium. Alumni, friends and community members are invited to attend. (View full weekend schedule below). Tickets ($15 per person) include admission to the film screenings, the award ceremony and the Red Carpet Reception in the studio of the Miller Center for Communication Arts. Tickets will be available for online purchase starting April 11 and a limited number of tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

“As an opportunity to celebrate creativity and share the artistic voices of Asbury’s student body community, Highbridge is an excellent event,” said alumna Katie Oostman ’15. “The incorporation of professionals in the discussion of story telling technique makes it wonderful week of collaborating.”

Now pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production at Florida State University, Oostman says the experience of seeing her work screened at Highbridge was part of her inspiration to pursue a graduate degree in film.

“That sensation, coupled with the following experience of having strangers discuss my story with me, was irreplaceable,” Oostman said.

Each year, Highbridge film selections are adjudicated by a panel of industry professionals who also lead workshops and panel discussions throughout Engaging Culture Weekend. This year’s judges include the following:

  • Doug Jones (actor, “Hocus Pocus,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Fantastic 4” and more)
  • Clay Hassler ’08 (Asbury alum and award-winning filmmaker)
  • Dean Batali (screenwriter, “That 70s Show,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
  • Kathy Campbell (booking agent and owner of Heyman Talent Louisville)

Film students aren’t the only ones who reap rewards from the campus-wide event. From beginning to end, Highbridge is produced by students in a Special Events class taught by Professor Greg Bandy. Students from all majors benefit from working together in design, media relations, event logistics and more. 

“I’ve got five talented teams of students who really theme, produce and package the entire Highbridge Film Festival,” Bandy said. “At the end of the semester, I’m very proud of what the students have accomplished. It’s a real resume builder for many of them.”


Engaging Culture Weekend Schedule:

Wednesday, April 20         

  • Special Screening (“Many Beautiful Things”), 10 a.m., Hughes Auditorium

Thursday, April 21

  • Senior Art Exhibits

— Micah Huber (Z.T. Johnson Bistro Gallery)
— Dani Larson (Kinlaw Library Lobby)
— Katie Palmer (McCreless Gallery)

  • DVD and Book Launch (“Discussing ‘Mere Christianity’” with Dr. Devin Brown), 4-5 p.m., Miller Screening Room. Book signing and reception to follow.
  • Screenwriting workshop (Dean Batali and Jim Shores), 5-9 p.m., Miller 310 Classroom
  • Sounds of Stage and Screen Concert (Asbury University Music Department), 7:30 p.m., Hughes. Free admission.

Friday, April 22

  • Workshop: Being A Christian in Hollywood (Dean Batali, screenwriter) 9 a.m., Miller Screening Room
  • Chapel (Doug Jones, actor), 10 a.m., Hughes
  • Workshop: Producing and Directing the Independent Film (Clay Hassler ’08 and Tiffany Walz ‘08 Hassler), 11 a.m., Miller Screening Room
  • Workshop: Acting and Auditions (Kathy Campbell, Heyman Talent Agency), 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Greathouse Theatre
  • Workshop: Inside the Actor’s Studio (Doug Jones), 1 p.m., Miller Screening Room
  • Workshop: Directing Actors (Clay Hassler ’08)
  • Workshop: How to Write for TV (Dean Batali), 3-5 p.m., Miller Screening Room
  • Special Screening (“Homeless”) 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Miller Screening Room. Free admission.

Saturday April 23

  • Asbury Theatre production (“As You Like It”), 1:30 p.m., Greathouse Theatre. Tickets: $7 Adults, $5 Students/Faculty.
  • Highbridge Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Hughes. Tickets: $15 (includes festival pass and reception in the Miller Center for Communication Arts).


To learn more about Highbridge, visit: asbury.edu/highbridge