JBU Student Film Selected to Compete in Local Festival

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 29, 2010) — "The Crossing," a John Brown University student film, will be screened at the Offshoot Film Fest in Fayetteville, Ark., held Oct. 7-10. The short, narrative fiction film was produced by COAST, the JBU communication and arts club. "The Crossing" was selected to compete from a pool of 75 entries from 11 different countries.

“I am proud of the COAST Student Filmmakers Society,” said Steve Snediker, instructor of cinema. “Their work on the film was completely conceived, written, directed, edited and produced by students as an extracurricular project.”

Snediker said the film tells the story of the sacrifice of a few to bring Bibles to believers in a Communist country. In the film, protagonist Peter Jassen, played by Jesse Evans, is tortured because of his persistence to deliver Bibles, illustrating the tension between choosing well-being or fighting for the greater.

Junior Jesse Daniels directed the film, and he said over 40 JBU students were a part of the film’s production. “Seeing the story be realized as the cast and crew took ownership of the film and their roles was exciting,” said Daniels.

During the film fest, independent films will be competing in the following categories: best documentary, best narrative feature, best short, best student film, best animation and best movie with an Arkansas connection. “The Crossing” is classified as a short, narrative fiction by students. Winners for each category will be announced during the awards ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.