Friday, Sept. 7

In Cinema Theater *

6:00 p.m.
Award-winning short films from the class of 2018
Q&A with award winners
8:30 p.m.
Film: “FREDI”
Q&A: Skype session with filmmakers from Hollywood

Saturday, Sept. 8

In Cinema Theater *

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Introduction & Prayer
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Interview with Dan Gordon: “Let’s Talk Story”
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Interview with Rick Eldridge: “Finding Your Worldview in Story”
11:15 – 12:00 p.m.
Interview with Kirk Schroder: “The Art of the Deal in Story-Telling”
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

In Green Hall 1847

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Session: “Three Acts – One Story” (Dan Gordon)
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Session: “Finding Your Story – Fulfilling Your Call” (Rick Eldridge)
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Breakout Session: TBD (Kirk Schroder)

* The Cinema Theater is located inside the building used for Jump Lynchburg, 3700 Candlers Mountain Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502

Screening: FREDI

Guest Speakers

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Stephan Schultze

An active industry professional, both as a writer/director and a producer, Stephan Schultze is executive director of the Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center at Liberty University. He holds an M.A. from Northern Arizona University and an MFA from Queens University. Schultze has served as a director of photography and screenwriter, collaborating with directors James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Mikael Solomon, and Ron Underwood. He has worked in every aspect of the industry, including major motion pictures (“The Abyss” and “Tremors”) and television (“Drew Carey Show,” HBO, and Showtime). Schultze’s other credits include “God’s Compass” (SONY), “The Lesser Evil” (MGM), and “Extraordinary” (Universal).

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Dan Gordon

Dan Gordon is entering his 50th year as a professional screenwriter. Along the way, he has published eight novels and produced five plays. He has written such films as “The Hurricane” (Denzel Washington), “Wyatt Earp” (Kevin Costner), and “Murder in the First” (Kevin Bacon). His latest film is “Let There Be Light,” co-written with Sam Sorbo, starring and directed by Kevin Sorbo (“God’s Not Dead”), and executive produced by Sean Hannity. He also has been blessed to further the vision and revolutionary teaching methods of his late son, Zaki Gordon — first at the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking in Sedona, Ariz., and now at Liberty’s Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center. Gordon considers his association with the leadership, teaching staff, and students at Liberty University to be one of the greatest blessings. In addition, Gordon has served in the Israel Defense Forces in six wars and is probably, at the age of 70, the oldest reserve officer in a combat unit.

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Rick Eldridge

CEO-Producer of ReelWorks Studios a multifaceted film/video production company in Charlotte, NC; Rick has over 35 years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director and entrepreneur. He has been involved in every facet of creative development and production management in the entertainment industry. His resume is a road map to an extraordinary career that includes the best and most respected names in the industry: Universal, Disney, Sony, Fox, Hallmark and ESPN, to name a few.

Rick is a graduate of Brevard College in Music / performing arts with advanced studies in theory / composition at UNCC and digital recording at Full Sail School of Recording Arts. He serves on several charitable, civic, and college/university boards.

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Kirk Schroder

Kirk T. Schroder is an experienced entertainment and arts law attorney. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for the field of entertainment law and is currently rated an “AV Preeminent” lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for lawyers.* He is the Co-Editor of The Essential Guide To Entertainment Law which was released by Juris Publishing this past June 2018 and is available at Kirk is the past chair of the American Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Section. His law practice draws entertainment and arts-related clients from around the world. Kirk is a former Lecturer and Adjunct Professor teaching entertainment law at the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond Schools of Law.

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