HU to give public screening of student, department film ‘The Gift of Hope’

"The Gift of Hope" film set
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — After months of work, Huntington University will give a screening of its digital media arts department film “The Gift of Hope” at its film showcase at 7 p.m. May 9.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.

The film, written by junior film production major Jonathan Scales, is about the power of mentoring and making right choices even at a very young age.

It’s inspired by a true story about a young mother who moves to a major urban setting from Appalachia and sells drugs to make ends meet. Along the way, she recruits her children to help her in the trade, but as the older daughter attempts to find a better path, she finds the love and support of a next-door neighbor.

The film was shot by HU film majors, using campus equipment and campus facilities. Mentors, such as Jim Orr, the director of photography for the hit reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” were on hand to guide students in the process.

The film will be shown as a part of the student film showcase which will feature completed productions that represent the culmination of the artistic journey of the digital media arts majors. A special senior animation premiere will be held at 7 p.m. May 13.

To learn more about “The Gift of Hope,” visit
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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