BJU Graduates Place in National Film Competition

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2017) – Three 2016 Bob Jones University cinema 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.

Rachel Madeira Ledbetter, a resident of Central, South Carolina, received first place in narrative film. Ledbetter’s film, entitled Going Back, tells the story of Emma, a 16 year-old girl who succumbs to mental paralysis from post-traumatic stress following an accident that claimed her father’s life, as she questions whether her life is really worth living.

Ryan Holmes, a resident of Aurora, Colorado, received second place in narrative film. Holmes’ film, entitled Silence, is the story of a professional cellist, named Cole, who tries to piece together what really happened one fateful night. Through his journey of redemption and forgiveness, Cole must learn to stop and listen and hear the beauty once again.

Danielle Wunker, a resident of Crestview, Florida, received first place for her documentary film, A Girl Like Me. Wunker’s film is about Stephanie Melton and her journey from abuse and darkness to hope in Christ. She shares her testimony of how God can make the ugliness in her past into a beautiful life lived for Him. The truths she expresses apply to anyone who has been hurt and attest to the power of Christ.

“I believe we have some of the most talented and hardworking film students out there,” says Sharyn Robertson, the department head of the BJU Cinema Department. “What sets our students apart is the fact that they all strive to glorify God with their projects and you can see that in these award-winning films.”

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