HIGH POINT, N.C., March 16, 2009 ? High Point University will host filmmaker Brad Battersby March 23-25 as part of the Media and Performance Symposium, a yearlong series designed to supplement the educational and artistic experiences of HPU students.
Brad Battersby, who has extensive experience with directing, writing and producing films, has worked on such feature films as “Blue Moon,” starring Courtney Cox; “Joy Riders,” starring Kris Kristopherson; “Red Letters,” starring Natasha Kinski, Peter Coyote and Jeremy Piven; and “Jesus the Driver,” winner of the Lake Placid Film Festival’s Audience Award. He has also written and directed for network television and teaches at the American Film Institute, in addition to heading up the film program at Idyllwild Arts Academy.
During his visit to HPU, Battersby will be shooting scenes from a film, using HPU Communication majors as crew and Performing Arts students as actors. The script comes from the film “Apparently Leaving,” which Ed Simpson, professor and chair of the HPU Department of Performing Arts, wrote for Battersby. Battersby will be directing the scenes, giving students the chance to gain practical experience through both observation and participation.
The three-day visit will include workshops and screenings. Workshop topics include “Independent Filmmaking and Filmmakers,” “Screenwriting,” “Directing for Film” and “Adventures in Producing.” Students will also get to attend a screening of ?Jesus the Driver.?
The Media and Performance Symposium will continue to bring nationally recognized artists from all areas of the entertainment industry during the spring 2009 semester. The program is jointly sponsored by HPU’s Department of Performing Arts and the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.
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