By Sarah Pride.
Patrick Henry College
Peter Forbes (L) on the set of Writers' Block
This past fall, Forbes directed his own micro-budget film Writers’ Block, the story of two writers combating studio pressures and clashing ideals “to deliver a script by morning.” It’s the inaugural film of the new Advent Associates Film Program.
With plans to pursue other film projects, Forbes also recently self-published his first book, the novelization of Come What May. As with the movie, the book tells the story of “a college student who must choose whether or not he will stand for his convictions, even if this means sacrificing his own desires.” On January 21 at 6:30 p.m., Advent Film Group (AFG) will screen the film in PHC’s Barbara Hodel Student Life Center, and Forbes will sign copies of his book. Click here for info about a live webcast of this event. The public is encouraged to attend.
While continuing work on post-production for Writers’ Block, Forbes has now moved back to his home state of Colorado for a season, working while he develops other film projects. He is also writing a second novel and developing a children’s book and some graphic novels.
“I graduated from PHC with the desire to pursue storytelling across a wide range of media, from fiction to film, graphic novels to video games, and more,” he explains. “That desire hasn’t changed, though I know it doesn’t come to fruition overnight. [Developing a storyteller] is a long process, often years.”
Understanding that the challenge of any burgeoning creative artist is to sustain his dedication while he develops his craft, Forbes embraced his extended apprenticeship with Escobar and Advent Film Group, receiving unprecedented, hands-on experience while developing and managing “micro-budget” movies. In so doing, he endured the long hours, lean times, and behind-the-scenes drudgery that accompany the difficult, uphill journey of establishing an independent Christian film company.
“My passion for story has deepened, but probably because I have a greater appreciation for the process of taking a story from my head to the press or the screen,” relates Forbes. “The work, some of it much more than I expected, tempered that desire with dedication.”
New Come What May novels
“I hope that in some way, this book will encourage people to see human beings, unborn or born, as deserving of respect as image bearers of God,” Forbes says.
Beyond his cinematic endeavors, Forbes has also left a legacy at PHC. During his senior year he founded PHC’s annual Call to Pens writing contest, now in its fourth year, as a way to inspire young writers and encourage them to tackle spiritual themes in their short stories. He envisioned the contest as a literary compliment to HSLDA’s contests in poetry, art, and photography.
“They didn’t have anything for fiction,” he recalls. “As much as I would have loved entering one as a kid, it seemed like a perfect fit.”
Junior Alicia Constant is managing the 2012 contest, which is currently open for entries until February 1.
Please join the PHC community at the January 21 screening and book signing of Come What May at PHC, 6:30 p.m., in the Barbara Hodel Center gymnasium. The books are available through the Advent Film Group website.
We will webcast this event live. All times are Eastern.