Patrick Henry College
After successful, sold-out preview screenings in Harrisonburg, Va., and Grants Pass, Ore., the Purcellville-filmed and produced movie, Come What May, is coming to the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, September 6, for its “world premiere.” The full-length feature, filmed last summer at Patrick Henry College by Purcellville’s Advent Film Group production company, has received stirring responses from viewers for its unequivocal pro-life, pro-family message.
“Terrific drama,” observed a viewer following a June 12th screening in Harrisonburg. “It’s the best romantic movie I have seen in decades.”
“Well done,” added another. “Proof (that) love of family, life and God can be reached emotionally through the media. More films of this quality desperately needed.”
Produced with local cast and crewmembers, as well as approximately 40 homeschooled students from across the country, Come What May is the maiden project of Advent Film Group, founded by Purcellville filmmaker George Escobar. A former AOL and Discovery executive who has long dreamed of producing Christian-themed movies while training a new generation of Christian filmmakers, Escobar produced the movie in cooperation with Patrick Henry College, whose reputation as a collegiate debate powerhouse serves as the movie’s backdrop. Founded eight years ago, with a current student enrollment of 320 students, PHC has twice won the Moot Court National Championship, has beaten Oxford twice, and yearly produces championship-caliber legal debate teams.
Produced using a “micro-budget” digital feature model, Come What May drew financial support from both local and national investors, and has attracted major Christian distributors, three of whom have already made bids for the movie, including the company that made Facing the Giants a box-office success.
“I’ve noticed that the audiences have been particularly impressed that a college like Patrick Henry exists, and is undertaking this grand initiative with homeschoolers,” noted Escobar. “They’ve never seen anything like this (movie) before, and they view the College’s participation as a very courageous and faithful act.”
Escobar and co-producer Manny Edwards considered the College, rich with young film enthusiasts, a promising setting from which to launch an independent film program. A series of movies are planned in collaboration with the College over the next four years. The goal, says Escobar, is not just to produce high quality family films but also to prepare a new generation of Christian filmmakers capable of producing and directing films like the highly successful Amazing Grace and Tales of Narnia series.
Come What May follows the story of college student, Caleb, who transfers to compete on PHC’s championship moot court team and gets caught in a moral tug of war between his parents and his own conscience. Faced with a moot court case involving Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the 1970s, Caleb must decide whether to vigorously defend an abortion parental rights case from a distinctly Christian perspective or, perhaps, win a national championship. The movie is based on a similar moot court case involving PHC in 2002.
“The movie clearly made the case for life,” wrote one Harrisonburg respondent. “It presented truth in a winning way, the storyline was compelling, and it addressed the fallacies in the pro-choice movement.”
Harrisonburg’s Valley Family Forum Director, Dean Welty, adds: “Audience survey card responses were tremendous. This movie tells how Roe v. Wade can be reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Moviegoers were excited or agitated on both sides because the movie shows in dramatic fashion just how flimsy the legal footing stands for Roe.”
Those wishing to attend this special premiere screening should make reservations at www.adventfilmgroup.com/phc_premiere.html, or email PHCPremiere@adventfilmgroup.com. Reservations are required to both showings at the Franklin Park Performing Arts Center (at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM). Seating is limited, so once a showing is filled, all reservations will apply to alternate showing.
A suggested donation of $25 per family is requested. Proceeds from the movie will go to help support the Patrick Henry College Scholarship Fund. There will be time after each showing to meet the producers, directors, and some of the cast members.