Imago Film Festival Adds Screening of "Heaven's Rain" to Events | Judson University Christian College

Imago Film Festival Adds Screening of "Heaven's Rain" to Events

(Elgin, IL - March 12, 2012) Judson University's eighth annual Imago Film Festival, scheduled for March 27-March 31, 2012, has added a new event to the week's festivities. The festival will host a screening of "Heaven's Rain," an autobiographical film about former Oklahoma State Senator Brooks Douglass, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30 in the Marjorie Thulin Performance Hall of the Alice and Edward Thompson Center (1151. N. State St., Elgin.) A Q&A session with Douglass himself will follow the film screening.

"Heaven's Rain" tells the true story of Brooks Douglass and his sister, Leslie, whose parents were killed when drifters assaulted their home in 1979. For the next 16 years, the Douglasses battled the Oklahoma legal system in order to prove the guilt of their attackers. Eventually, Brooks' experience with the legal system led him to earn his law degree and become the youngest state senator in Oklahoma's history. After three senate terms, Brooks has changed directions to pursue his creative desires, starting with this autobiographical film.

The Imago Film Festival showcases faith-based indy film that emphasizes image and story. As in years past, the 2012 film festival will screen films and feature nationally known speakers. In addition to original short films, the festival will feature a pre-release showing of the film adaptation of Donald Miller’s national bestselling memoir Blue Like Jazz, followed by Q&A with Steve Taylor, the film’s screenwriter/director/producer.

Original films shown at the festival will be judged by a panel of local university film professors as well as other professionals in the field.  The prizes for the winning films are as follows: Best of Show - $1000, First Prize (1-15 min) - $250, First Prize (15-30 min) - $250, and Audience Choice Award - $100.  An awards ceremony will be held on the final night of the festival featuring food, live music, a keynote address from Steve Taylor, and screenings of all award winners.

Tickets for the festival are $5 for Tuessday through Friday and $8 for each event on Saturday (the screening of "Blue Like Jazz" and the awards ceremony); a full-event pass is $15.  For Judson students and faculty, tickets are $2 for Tuesday through Friday and $4 for each event on Saturday; a full-event

pass is $9.  Events begin at 7pm each night, excepting Saturday ("Blue Like Jazz" at 2pm and the awards ceremony night at 6pm).

For detailed information about scheduled events, visit www.imagofilmfestival.com. For specific questions, contact Terrence Wandtke (festival director) at twandtke@judsonu.edu. 

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