Asbury to Host Engaging Culture Weekend – Asbury University
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April 7, 2016

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Through music, art, film and more, Asbury University’s campus will explore the intersection of culture and faith.

WILMORE, Ky. — From “Star Wars” to “The Wizard of Oz,” iconic musical scores from television, film and theater will fill Asbury University’s Hughes Auditorium during the Music Department’s “Sounds of Stage and Screen” concert on April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Part of Asbury’s annual Engaging Culture Weekend, “Sounds of Stage and Screen” is one of many events the Asbury community will enjoy throughout the weekend. Through art shows, a special film screening, workshops with media industry professionals, the Highbridge Film Festival and more, Asbury will explore the intersections of culture and faith. (View full weekend schedule below).

“It’s important for our students to understand how they can put their talents to use in the larger culture,” said Dr. Glen Flanigan ‘82, coordinator of Instrumental Studies and professor of Music Education at Asbury. “Engaging Culture Weekend is an opportunity not only to celebrate students’ gifts and talents, but also to look at how those gifts can be used as salt and light in the world.’ The Music Department is excited to be part of this weekend.”

Engaging Culture Weekend will officially kick off in Chapel on Wednesday, April 20, with a Special Screening of Laura Hinson Water’s film “Many Beautiful Things” during an extended Asbury University Chapel starting at 10 a.m. Telling the story of artist and missionary Lilias Trotter, the film explores questions of faith, calling and art. 

Senior art exhibits — open now through the end of the semester — will be another feature of Engaging Culture Weekend, showcasing Micah Huber ‘16 in Z.T.’s Bistro Gallery, Dani Larson ‘15 in the Kinlaw Library Lobby Gallery, and Katie Palmer ‘16 in the McCreless Gallery.

Through music, art, film and more, Asbury University's campus will explore the intersection of culture and faith.

“Engaging Culture Weekend is a great way for us to interact with campus as artists,” Larson said. “I feel like people understand me better as a person, and it helps connect people to what’s going on in the Art Department.”

On Friday, April 22, actor Doug Jones — known for his movie and TV roles in “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Flash” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” — will be the guest speaker for the Engaging Culture Weekend Chapel.

Special communications, film and acting workshops will also be presented throughout the day on Friday. Presenters include Clay Hassler ‘08 (Asbury alumnus and film director), Dean Batali (screenwriter), Kathy Campbell (casting agent) and Jones (Schedules listed below). All workshops are free and open to the public.

The weekend will conclude on Saturday, April 23 with the 12th Annual Highbridge Film Festival in Hughes at 7:30 p.m. Alumni, friends and community members are invited to attend. 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 are available for online purchase and a limited number of tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

“This signature event is completely produced by an amazing group our students. They have been working on it for months,” said Professor Greg Bandy. “Besides the event, we also have numerous students creating the films for the actual program. It’s amazing how many creative, hard-working people it takes to make all this happen.”


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”) 7:30 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).