Christian College Shines in New Movie
by David Halbrook Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Concerned Women for America's Leslie Smith said, "I was both encouraged and inspired... as (Come What May) was filled with Christ-centered messages regarding the sanctity of life, marriage, and sexual purity."
Located near Washington, D.C., Patrick Henry College is a bona fide force in collegiate debate, having recently won its third national ACMA moot court championship in five years by sweeping first, second, and third-place trophies. In that time it has collected a stockpile of individual speaker awards and has scored back-to-back victories over England’s Oxford University.
The College is an apt setting for "Come What May," a pro-life, pro-family film that tells the story of two PHC students who find moral strength to “do the right thing” at the national moot court championship. They put their title hopes at risk by arguing to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade, while unveiling a legitimate legal framework for doing so.
Dr. Michael Farris, founder and chancellor of PHC -- and coach of its championship moot court program -- plays himself in the movie, as students worked behind the scenes in production. Moot court, or legal debate, is a dynamic simulation of appellate court proceedings, pitting teams against one another arguing authentic cases before judges. Patrick Henry College views public debate as valuable training in its mission to prepare students to "impact the culture for Christ and for liberty."
Released in late March by Provident Films, distributor of Christian films such as "Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants," "Come What May" has garnered praise in nationwide screenings. The movie’s strong message deals frankly with abortion, issues of marriage, courtship, and traditional values.
Founded in 2000 with the aim of “recreating the original American collegiate ideal,” Patrick Henry College is known for its rigorous academics, advanced apprenticeships, and deep ties to homeschooled education. Many of the nation’s brightest Christian homeschooled students attend the College, where they have gained a reputation for earning coveted internships at the White House, in both Houses of Congress, and throughout Washington, D.C.
Homeschooling dad George Escobar, a former AOL executive and founder of Advent Film Group, founded AFG in order to “train up the next generation” of Christian filmmakers.” He chose PHC because of its mission and for its wealth of homeschooled talent. The project drew 40 homeschooled students to PHC from across the nation to serve as cast and crew, and to gain hands-on training in feature filmmaking.
Since filming for "Come What May" ended in 2008, many student participants have created their own short films, formed their own companies, and won awards. The College's moot court alumni attend top law and graduate schools, including three graduates now enrolled at Harvard Law School.
Get Your Copy
As part of the movie's special nationwide launch campaign, Patrick Henry College students can benefit directly from the release of the film through donations made to PHC's scholarship fund. Donors who give $25.00 or more http://www.phc.edu/comewhatmay.phpwill receive a copy of Come What May.
To learn more about Patrick Henry College, visit its website [http://www.phc.edu/], contact OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu, or call 540-338-8727.
David Halbrook is the Director of Communications at Patrick Henry College. To learn more about Patrick Henry College, to to http://www.phc.edu/
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