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Evangel University Films to release psychological thriller “Anodyne” April 27

Published on Apr 23, 2012 by Jennifer Hall

PHOTO CAPTION: Detective Eric, played by junior Alex Cuilty, is surprised by someone entering the apartment he is casing and pulls his gun.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—EU Films will premiere its original psychological thriller film, “Anodyne,” with showings at 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in the Barnett Fine Arts Auditorium.

 Admission for students is $1 and general admission is $2. All tickets are sold at the door.

 Prior to the feature presentation, short films recently produced by Evangel students will be shown.

 Student producer and sophomore Chloe Lester said the film contains “a bit of everything—fighting, suspense, a hint of romance, some laughs. It will mainly be a tense movie.”

 Serenity, played by sophomore Alexis Geurink, is a girl with a dark past who seeks therapy from Dr. Tyson, played by John F. Creson, a local Springfield actor.

 The plot thickens when Serenity’s new boyfriend, a police detective, starts investigating a series of random crimes in the city. The boyfriend is played by junior Alex Cuilty.

 Lester and student director Ricky (RJ) Vickers and have worked out shooting techniques that will aid in the film’s suspense.

 “A lot of our angles are going to be subjective, putting the audience in the seat of the characters,” Lester said. “We’ll also use some slow motion and fish-eye lens views.”

 “We have all learned so much,” Geurink said. “Each week of shooting seemed to improve on the previous one.”

 EU Films has a crew made up of eleven students who are working in various areas of production. Film staff members include the following:

  • Producer: Chloe Lester, sophomore film major from Bee Branch, Ark.
  • Director: Ricky Vickers, junior film major from Austin, Texas
  • Director of Photography: Caleb Pipkin, sophomore film major from Walnut Grove, Mo.
  • Assistant Director: Zachary Thayer, freshman film and biblical studies double major from Highland, Ill.
  • Editor: Bethany Thomas, junior film and theatre/speech education major from Dalhart, Texas
  • Assistant Editor/Special Effects Artist: Jonathan May, freshman film major from Bigfork, Mont.

The faculty advisor for EU Films is Dr. Cameron A. Pace, the chair of the communication department at Evangel.

 Evangel is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions that offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and 11 master’s programs. The fall 2011 enrollment reached a record 2,168 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries.