WWU Communication Department Faculty Hosts Come Before Winter Creators

Walla Walla University Administrative Building

Two associate professors at Walla Walla University, Lynelle Ellis, director of the graduate program and Jerry Hartman, former Peace Corps journalist, guided far-reaching discussions about the making of the docudrama about the last days of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Graduate student Rachel Scribner helped organize and pace the event. Ellis also conducted a TV interview with…

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Venue for Walla Walla University Screening Moved for Large Turnout

Director Kevin Ekvall answering questions following the film.

As the stream of guests arriving for the December 2nd screening continued beyond the capacity of the Black Box Theatre, organizers redirected everyone across campus to the larger auditorium of the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center. Not only were there few complaints about the abrupt change of plans or inconvenience—including the long trek back…

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Texas Premiere Generates Enthusiastic Response

Grace Bible Church in Georgetown, Texas opened its doors to the community for a free screening of Come Before Winter on May 12.

Over 300 people attended the screening on May 12, 2017 hosted by Grace Bible Church in Georgetown, TX, near Austin and lingered long after the Q&A session that followed the film.   Senior Pastor Dave Roberts had shared information about the Bonhoeffer film with other clergy in the area and welcomed their congregations to attend…

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Back to the Beginning at Southern Adventist University

Gary Blount, Kevin Ekvall and film studies coordinator David George answer audience questions after Southern Adventist University screening.

Kevin Ekvall studied making films at Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. So did the three other key members of the production crew for Come Before Winter: Tanya Musgrave, Theo Brown, and Melody George.   A day before the April 22 screening of the film on campus, Kevin and producer Gary Blount met with current…

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Audience Ponders Lessons for Self at Interfaith Sponsored Screening

Naomi Sloan (Wood River Jewish Community), Pastor Stephen McCandless (Seventh-day Adventist Church), Reverend Gerald Reinke (Valley of Peace Lutheran Church), and Juli Miller (Seventh-day Adventist Church) gathered to plan Bonhoeffer event for Sun Valley area of Idaho.

Slack season in a ski resort town when many locals have left for a beach or desert. Monday night after Easter weekend and the 8th day of Passover. Not a good time to schedule a new event, especially one that has to do with a World War II Christian martyr.   But three faith groups…

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Easter Preview for Idaho Premiere

The docudrama Come Before Winter  will have its Northwest premiere at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus. It describes the final chapter in the life of Bonhoeffer, who was executed at age 39 for his resistance to the Nazi regime. For more information, check…

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Idaho Premieres Bonhoeffer Film Easter Weekend

The Idaho Mountain Express wrote an article highlighting the screening of the documentary Come Before Winter at the Community Campus in Hailey, Idaho, on Easter weekend. It goes on to discuss Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s final days as a German pastor and Nazi resister.

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Interfaith Screening Scheduled for Monday after Easter

Article on EyeOnSunValley.com highlights “Film, discussion keys in on Dietrich Bohoeffer.”   A screening of Come Before Winter is scheduled for the day after Easter Sunday. The showing will be held on Monday, April 17, at 7 pm at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus in Hailey, Idaho. The…

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