Taylor University Films Screen and Win at Regional Film Festivals

Published: Jul 05, 2016

The Unknown Country, Winner Best Student Film, Hoosierdance Film Festival

Taylor student films are making the rounds and have won two top awards at film festivals in the Midwest.

Five Taylor films screened in Kokomo, Indiana, at the Hoosierdance Film Festival on June 25. A Taylor film, The Unknown Country, took top honors as Best Student Film in the festival. The story, created in spring 2015 in Assistant Professor John Bruner’s Narrative Filmmaking class, features two brothers left to fend for themselves after the death of their foster mother. Student creators included Alex Cook, Jonathan Eshleman, Erin Fuhr, Mike Metzler, Conor Olstad, Austin Hable, all 2015 Taylor graduates.

Four other Taylor documentary short films were selected to screen at Hoosierdance: The Glassmakers: Exploring an Indiana Tradition, Joy: Two Adoption Stories, The Blue Flash: A Midwest Coaster Story, and When the Game Changes: A Playbook for Perseverance.

Taylor documentary When the Game Changes: A Playbook for Perseverance won the top student film at the International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) conference, winning Gold in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 25. The inspiring story of an athlete who regained his football skills after a factory accident is the work of Abbie Brewer, Ashley Young and Jamie Bell. ICVM is a consortium of film/video producers and distributors that attempts to bring the message of Christ to the world through media.

The Blue Flash: A Midwest Coaster Story was an official selection at the Hobnobben Film Festival in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, hosted by Cinema Center, the city’s art house theatre. Senior Austin Yoder, the film’s producer, spoke along with Asst. Professor Kathy Bruner at a round-table discussion on filmmaking in Indiana on June 17.

When the Game Changes has been selected for screening at the Northam Film & Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

“These films are outstanding for their technical and artistic merit, but each demonstrates a remarkable filmmaker’s gift at capturing a compelling human story,” said Dr. Michael Hammond, Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Biblical Studies. “I have watched these multiple times and continue to come away with new reflections on life.”