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Envision Film Festival Turns Spotlight on Taylor Filmmakers

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Workshops, special guests, screenings and an awards presentation program for Taylor student filmmakers will highlight Taylor University’s Envision Film Festival, scheduled for March 2-4, 2017.

Three Taylor graduates who have achieved success in the film industry will be featured:

  • Ben Eisner, an established commercial and music video director;
  • Katy Andres, a NYC-based nature and wildlife documentary editor;
  • and Jonathan Friday, a creative designer at Walt Disney Imagineering.

The three will present projects from their student years as well as professional efforts on March 2 at 7 pm, in the Cornwall Auditorium at the LaRita Boren Campus Center. They will also conduct filmmaking workshops on March 3.

Andres is a New York City-based nature and wildlife documentary editor who has worked primarily for National Geographic. Currently, she is with Smithsonian Earth and edits her own work on the side. She has filmed, produced, and edited a wildlife conservation film for a national park in Rwanda, edited for the Emmy-nominated National Geographic Explorer episode on the illicit ivory trade, Warlords of Ivory, and edited web docs for the Google Made With Code initiative which encourages young girls toward coding careers. Andres lives in Brooklyn.

Friday is a multidisciplinary creative designer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Currently focused on development at the Tokyo Disney Resort, he has specialized in “blue sky” concept ideation and franchise management, also contributing to media-based attractions including Soarin’ Around the World and Thea Award-winning Star Tours—The Adventures Continue. Friday has also freelanced as a writer of faith-based children’s media. He lives in Burbank, California.

Eisner is an established commercial director for such global brands as Harley Davidson, GE, Verizon Wireless, Oscar Meyer, and Wilson Sporting Goods. He has extensive experience working as a director of photography and editor. Eisner has also directed music videos, television pilots, and documentary projects for music companies including Capitol Records, Warner Brothers, Sony BMG, and EMI Music Group. He is preparing to direct The Divine Comedy of Thomas Merton, a feature film written by Eisner and produced by Mike S. Ryan of Greyshack Films.

The year’s best in Taylor student filmmaking will be presented at 7 pm, Friday, March 3 in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium. Films will include narrative short films, nonfiction video, music video and experimental film trailers. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00.

Events continue through Saturday, March 4, when the work of high school filmmakers will be shown at the home of Taylor President Lowell Haines with opportunities for high school filmmakers to hear feedback on their work from the festival guests.

The public is welcome to register for any of the festival’s free workshops and events on the Envision Film Festival website. Guests can also participate in a campus tour and an information session about Taylor’s award-winning Film & Media Production program.

Workshops will be available on these topics: the art of editing, film storytelling principles, Steadicam operation, making film & video a career rather than just a hobby, the importance of pre-production planning and how to translate film worlds into live, theme park environments. The public is welcome to register for any of the festival’s free events at