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Cinematic arts center to host free film festival

August 21, 2013 : By Melissa Skinner/Liberty University News Service

Liberty University Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center will showcase several movies from major film studios prior to their national release during this year’s Labor Day Weekend Film Festival, Aug. 29-31.

Screenings will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 29, and Friday, Aug. 30, at Cinemark Movies 10 in Candlers Station Shopping Center, adjacent to Liberty’s campus. All events are free and open to the public.

“This marks the beginning of Liberty’s cinematic arts department’s relationship with the major movie studios. It also demonstrates the studios’ interest in our film program to allow the first-time screenings to happen in Lynchburg,” said Stephan Schultze, executive director of Cinematic Arts.

The following films will be shown:

  • “Grace Unplugged,” Lionsgate Entertainment (starring AJ Michalka and James Denton)
  • “The Redemption of Henry Myers,” Echolight Studios (Drew Waters and Erin Bethea)
  • “Seasons of Gray,” Echolight Studios (starring Andrew Cheney and Megan Parker)
  • “Beyond the Darkness,” DRC Films (starring Robin Haynes and Jesse Allen)

Several breakout sessions will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, hosted by a panel of actors, writers, directors and producers, including Justin Tolley, Johnny Remo, Danny Carrales, Jon Erwin, Andrew Cheney, Russ Rice, Dan Gordon, Christopher Morrow, Bobby Downes, and Todd Robinson.


Schedule of events

The schedule can also be viewed at

Thursday, Aug. 29, Cinemark Movies 10

  • 6:30 p.m. – “Seasons of Gray” (Q-and-A with producers Christopher Morrow and Bobby Downes)
  • 8:30 p.m. – “Beyond the Darkness” (Q-and-A with Danny Carrales)

Friday, Aug. 30, Cinemark Movies 10

  • 6:30 p.m. – “The Redemption of Henry Myers” (Q-and-A with Christopher Morrow and Bobby Downes)
  • 8:30 p.m. – “Grace Unplugged” (Q-and-A with Russ Rice)

Saturday, Aug. 31, Liberty University School of Law Supreme Courtroom

  • 10-10:30 a.m. – Opening Introduction and Prayer
  • 10-11:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion 1
  • 11:45 a.m.-noon – Break
  • Noon-1:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion 2
  • 1:15-2:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 2:30-3:45 p.m. – Breakout session 1, with three separate sessions: John Erwin/Justin Tolley, topic to be announced (Green Hall, Room 1945); Danny Carrales/Johnny Remo, “The Craft of Editing” (Green Hall, Room 1946); Andrew Cheney, “The Craft of Acting” (Green Hall, Room 1954)
  • 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Breakout session 2, with four separate sessions: Todd Robinson, “Directing Movie Stars and Adapting Material to Direct” (Green Hall, Room 1945); Dan Gordon, Sermon or Screenplay (Green Hall, Room 1953); Russ Rice, topic to be announced (Green Hall, Room 1946); Christopher Morrow/Bobby Downes, “Engineering Content for a Specific Market” (Green Hall, Room 1954).

    Liberty’s Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center officially launched last year. Students accepted as Cinema Arts majors enter an immersion program their junior year, in which they are devoted solely to their filmmaking academia. Every graduate of Liberty’s Cinematic Arts program will leave the school with a completed screenplay, a business plan to market and fund it, a short film they have written and directed, and real-world career experience, including a feature film credit and work with industry veterans.

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