Film Produced By Southern Adventist Students Has Tivoli Debut

Tuesday, February 24, 2004
During production. Click to enlarge.
During production. Click to enlarge.

A film produced by students from Southern Adventist University will have its debut at the Tivoli Theatre on Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Bob Corker will be among those on hand for the premiere of "an inspiring Christian drama Angel in Chains, a film based on a true story about acceptance and forgiveness."

Officials said, "Join us at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre to applaud the touching drama and stunning cinematography produced by the students and faculty of Southern’s School of Visual Art and Design, the only film program of its kind in the Tennessee Valley."

The 40-minute film will be distributed nationally through Adventist Book Centers.

There will be a special live performance by the country music group Baillie and the Boys, featuring original songs from the Angel in Chains soundtrack.

Filmed entirely on location in the splendid landscapes between Tucson and Tombstone, Ariz., the project involved a crew of over 30 students and faculty. Filming was completed in less than a month utilizing actors from the Arizona area, as well as Florida, Chicago, Virginia and Tennessee.

The motion picture was shot in the rich color tones of Kodak Vision II film stock and was directed by Nathan Huber, a senior film major at Southern.

Angel in Chains features a soundtrack composed by Nashville songwriter Michael Bonagura, a member of Baillie and the Boys. Bonagura’s wife, Kathie Baillie, and daughter, Alyssa, also have roles in the film.

Officials said, "The soundtrack, featuring Kathie Baillie’s trademark vocals, creates additional anticipation for the entire project within the music community. Baillie and the Boys have released six critically-acclaimed albums, have numbers top ten hits, and have been nominated four times for awards from the prestigious Country Music Association. Their most recent album, 2000’s The Road That Led Me to You, was highly praised by Billboard magazine and received a four-star rating in the British press."

A music video featuring the single “The One Thing” (a song Baillie wrote about her daughter Alyssa and included on the Angel in Chains soundtrack) is being released parallel with the film. The video, directed by Ed Guthero and produced by the student film crew, was shot during the last week of the crew’s Arizona schedule.

Dean Wayne Hazen of the School of Visual Art & Design and film instructor David George said they "are excited about the release of Angel in Chains, indicating a promising future for Southern’s programs."

Admission to the film is free.

The film's website is
http://art.southern.edu/films

Michael Bonagura with wife and daughter
Michael Bonagura with wife and daughter

Haslam To Speak At Chattanooga Chamber Annual Meeting Wednesday

Governor Bill Haslam will keynote the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Governor Haslam will speak about the state’s progress in economic development, creating jobs, higher education, including Tennessee Promise, and other initiatives. In addition to Governor Haslam’s keynote, ... (click for more)

Dalton's CALEA Accreditation Renewed

At Tuesday morning’s monthly meeting of the Public Safety Commission, Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker officially announced that his department has officially been re-accredited by CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc). The agency was officially informed of the re-accreditation earlier this month after a team of CALEA assessors performed an inspection ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

2 People In Critical Condition After 3-Vehicle Crash On Highway 58

Two people are in critical condition after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 58 on Monday night. At approximately 8:13 p.m. , officers with the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash with injuries in the 5400 block of Highway 58.  One of the involved vehicles flipped on its top causing the occupants to be trapped inside the vehicle. The ... (click for more)

Say No To Armed Police Volunteers - And Response (5)

The last thing the Chattanooga Police Department needs is a cadre of “armed” volunteers placed in the community as reserve officers. How will this plan address the problem between the department and the communities in which there is lack of trust? If these volunteers are strategically added to strengthen the “police state” in certain neighborhoods, that plan will widen the gap between ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Already, 248 Mass Shootings

There is not a word – not one – that I can use to respond to Dr. Loretta P. Prater, whose letter in Chattanoogan.com just condemned the idea that proposed volunteers in the Chattanooga Police Department be armed. Dr. Pater signed her letter, “Mother of Homicide Victim Leslie Vaughn Prater” and I’ve no doubt there is nothing in this world that will assuage the lifelong horror she ... (click for more)