Student’s Film Will Be Shown at Prestigious Film Festival

Siloam Springs, Ark (October 8, 2002) — An original documentary film by JBU senior Nick Sammer will be shown Oct. 12 at the prestigious Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Hot Springs, Ark. The film, titled “"86,400 Seconds: A Day in the Life of a Bullrider," is 17 minutes in length and depicts a day in the life of professional bullrider Curt Check.

Sammer, who is completing his degree in digital media this semester, made the film as part of his course work in the JBU digital media program. He filmed the documentary in Lincoln, Neb. at the Dodge World’s Toughest Rodeo in March 2002.

Arnie Mayer, JBU associate professor of broadcasting and member of the Arkansas Film Board, suggested that Sammer enter his film in the Hot Springs festival.

“Nick’s digital work on this film is representative of the future of documentary film,” Mayer said. “It is an honor for one of our student productions to be shown at this prestigious festival.”

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival was established 11 years ago to advance the documentary genre as a meaningful art form and to provide unique educational and cultural opportunities through documentary film. The 2002 film festival will be held Oct. 11-20 in Hot Springs, Ark. For more information, visit the festival’s website at . John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.