BJU Graduates Place in National Film Competition

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 19, 2018) – Three Bob Jones University 2017 cinema production graduates recently placed in the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Student Production Awards Competition.

These awards are presented to undergraduate or graduate student members of iNRB for outstanding examples of radio, TV, and film productions. Entries are judged by media professionals in their field.

Luke Brubaker, a resident of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, received first place in narrative film. Brubaker’s film, Character Study, tells the story of a college student who must decide if saving his grade is worth doing homework with a girl he thinks he is too good for.

Candace Burkett, a resident of Greenville, Mississippi, received second place for her documentary. Burkett’s documentary, Shaped by God, is about a man named Michael who grew up in communist East Germany. Throughout his life, Michael must overcome many difficult trials that continually test his faith in God.

Abby Cole, a resident of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, received third place for narrative film. Cole’s film, Waking the Sleepers, is about an unknown disease that sweeps throughout the world, causing people to become lifeless shells of themselves. The story follows a tenacious inventor determined to prove that the victims are worth saving.

“It’s exciting to see our students being rewarded for their hard work and creative talent,” says Sharyn Robertson, the department head of the BJU Cinema Department. “These films are a culmination of almost two years of work and we are very proud of what they have accomplished.”

This year’s competition marked the fifth year BJU senior cinema students have submitted capstone film projects to the iNRB competition. BJU students have placed in the competition four out of five years.

BJU students will compete in the annual iNRB 24 Hour Film Challenge held February 27-28 in Nashville, Tennessee.