Film Producer Comes to JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 22, 2006) - Award-winning film producer Jack Hafer will be speaking at John Brown University in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Hafer is the producer of the award-winning film “To End All Wars,” a movie based on the book by Ernest Gordon. “To End All Wars” takes place during World War II and is based on the true story of four Allied prisoners of war who undergo harsh treatment in a prison camp from Japanese captors.

JBU’s incoming freshmen were required to read Gordon’s book before starting classes in late August. The valuable lessons and thought provoking ideas in the book provided an excellent foundation for intellectual discussions during freshmen orientation meetings.

“It’s a great honor to have Mr. Hafer on campus to help us explore the relationship between film and our faith,” Dr. Brad Gambill, director of the Honors Scholars Program, said. “Evangelicals are often hard on Hollywood, but this film explores faith in a fair and honest manner. It’s obviously not easy to find redemption in a Japanese POW camp, but To End All Wars convinces us that this horrific place is indeed a likely place for God’s redeeming grace to manifest itself. The men of the camp commit themselves to doing God’s will ‘on earth as it is in Heaven,’ and miracles do indeed begin to happen.”

JBU’s Honors Scholar Program will show the film will be shown on campus Tuesday evening for students. A question and answer session with Hafer will follow the showing.

The film stars Cieran McMenemin, Robert Caryle, Kiefer Sutherland and Mark Strong and was directed by David L. Cunningham. The film won many awards including “Best Picture” at the Heartland Film Festival as well as the Commander in Chief Medal of Service, Honor, and Pride from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The film was also showcased at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival Cinema for Peace.

Hafer is the head of Gummshoe Productions and worked with Boulevard Pictures and GMT Productions. As the vice-president and general manager of GMT Productions, he oversaw the operations of the studio, which is best known for its films “L.A. Story,” “Little Man Tate,” “Philadelphia Experiment,” “Predator,” and “Tequila Sunrise.”

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 40 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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