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Modern Pioneer Film Festival: The Hero

With a master’s degree in American Media and Pop Culture, Lubbock Christian University Admissions Counselor and film scholar, Tim Day, brought to the LCU campus his knowledge of all things media and a rare opportunity for students to explore and learn from popular films. This year there will be three professionally produced films and a few student produced films shown. Following each film, a panel of scholars experienced in media will offer commentary to inspire critical thinking.

Pop culture phenomenon, The Hunger Games will kick off the film festival on Monday, April 1st, at 7:00 p.m. in the Baker Conference Center. Panelists for this film are Tim Day, award winning filmmaker Paul Hunton, and Humanities professor Dr. Ronna Privett.

The following Monday, April 8th, LCU will present American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building. This classic is LCU President Tim Perrin’s favorite book and movie, so he will be joining Tim Day and Humanities professor, Dr. Susan Blassingame, on this undoubtedly thought-provoking panel.

On Friday, April 12th, at 7:30 p.m., the film festival will hit Hays Field, home of the LCU baseball team, to set the mood for the showing of The Natural; a comeback story of fictional baseball hero, Roy Hobbs. Tim Day and Humanities professor, Dr. Kenneth Hawley, will pair up on this panel. Dr. Hawley will teach a literary class on the hero next semester.

The Modern Pioneer Film Festival will wrap up on Monday, April 15th, at 7:00 p.m. with student films shown in the Baker Conference Center. One of the films that will be presented is a six-minute film called The Hostage, produced by LCU student, Jacob Hamil.

The theme for this year’s film festival is “The Hero.” Tim Day went on to explain why he chose the movies he did for the film festival.

“I think the easy choice would have been to pick a bunch of superhero movies like The Avengers or Captain America. And those are all good, but I wanted the viewer to think about hero differently,” said Day. “So we have a post-feminist heroine, Katniss Everdeen. We have the sports hero in The Natural, which has a lot of Greek mythology. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a literary hero, and he is a hero in the way he lives his everyday life. He’s a hero but he doesn’t wear a cape; he’s a relatable person. I wanted to see the hero in every day.”

For more information on The Modern Pioneer Film Festival, contact Tim Day at