AU Alum Discusses Recent Film Festival Win

Clay Hassler graduated from Asbury University in 2008 with a double major in English and Theater. Seven years later, he's a filmmaker, entering his work in major film festivals around the country. The common denominator? A well-rounded education at Asbury University.

In this interview, Hassler discusses his formative experiences at Asbury, the intersection of literature and film and the stark but hopeful message of his award-winning film, “Homeless.”

Directed by Hassler and produced by alumna Tiffany Walz ’08 Hassler, "Homeless" won the Grand Jury Award at this year’s Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, Calif.
Out of more than 2,000 initial submissions, “Homeless” received the festival’s top honor for its gritty portrayal of homelessness. The film was shot at the Samaritan Inn homeless shelter in Winston-Salem, N.C., and “tells the story of a teenage boy lost in the bleak routine of life in a shelter.”

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