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Envision Film Festival to Highlight Film, Television Professionals

  • By: Kathy Bruner
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A man speaking at Envision Film Festival

Workshops, screenings and an awards presentation for Taylor student filmmakers will highlight the 2018 Envision Film Festival at Taylor University.

Film critic Josh Larsen, co-host of the WBEZ radio show and podcast Filmspotting and author the book Movies are Prayers will be one of three guests. Larsen is also film critic at Think Christian, a website exploring faith and pop culture. He will speak in Taylor’s chapel on March 2.

Mike Edwards, Emmy award-winning director of the PBS documentary Searching for Augusta, will offer workshops on documentary filmmaking, entrepreneurship for filmmakers, and cinematography/lighting. Edwards is the owner of 5 Stones Media in Columbus, Ohio, and is a Taylor alumnus. Searching for Augusta will screen at 7 pm, March 1,  in the Cornwall Auditorium at the LaRita Boren Campus Center.

The festival’s third guest is Deb Oyer, production coordinator on the NBC television show Chicago PD. Oyer’s other television credits include Crisis, Shameless and E.R. among others. Oyer will offer an extended workshop explaining the various departments on a film or network television show so that students can explore their own interests further.

High school students and interested community members are welcome to attend workshops at no cost. Registration is at

The Envision Film Festival also includes an awards ceremony highlighting the year’s best in Taylor student filmmaking and showcasing the winner of the high school competition. Taylor’s Film and Media Production program has won more than 250 external awards in the last ten years, including CINEs, Tellys and four Crystal Pillars from the regional Emmy organization.

The community is warmly welcomed to the March 2 screening event at 7 pm, in Rediger Chapel/Auditorium on the Taylor University campus in Upland. Tickets are available at the door. $5.00 general admission or $3.00 with Taylor ID The Envision Film Festival is hosted by Taylor’s Film and Media Production program and Taylor’s Center for Faith, Film and Media.