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Envision Film Festival Announces 2014 Guests

Published: Feb 17, 2014

The 2014 Film Festival will be in Rediger Auditorium

Taylor University is delighted to announce the guest speakers for the Envision Film Festival to be held March 6-8, 2014 at Taylor University in Upland. The film festival includes three days of film screenings, workshops and an awards ceremony.

The Festival will feature three guests including Grant County’s own Mark Fauser, Executive Director of the Community School of the Arts. Fauser is an actor/screenwriter whose life story will be featured during the festival’s March 7 screening event (7pm) in a documentary short film created by Taylor University students.

The festival will also feature Los Angeles screenwriter Neville Kiser. Kiser was recently named to the Hollywood’s prestigious and positive “Black List,” a list identifying the year’s best screenplays not yet produced. Previous Black List screenplays included Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, The Social Network and Saving Mr. Banks. Kiser is a graduate of Taylor University, Fuller Theological Seminary and UCLA’s highly regarded screenwriting program. Kiser currently works as the writer's assistant for Academy-Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (MILK and J. EDGAR).

The Envision Film Festival will also welcome Atlanta-based actor Jason Burkey, best known for playing the male lead in the feature film October Baby. Burkey has been acting consistently in commercials, television and film since his graduation from Taylor seven years ago. He will soon appear in Mom’s Night Out, to be released nationally on May 9.

Guests will teach free daytime workshops on film acting and screenwriting in the Rupp Communication Arts building on March 7. Taylor University juniors and seniors will also provide workshops for high school students on the RED Epic camera, Steadicam technology and After Effects software. High school students are welcome to register at www.envisionfilmfestival.com.

The Envision Film Festival honors Taylor University filmmakers and aspiring high school filmmakers whose visual storytelling explores the range of human experience with hopeful vision, artistry, truthfulness and integrity. The festival is open to the public. Tickets for the Friday, March 7, 7pm event are $5 for the public and $2 for Taylor students, faculty and staff. For more information, visit www.envisionfilmfestival.com.