Entering Lynn Wood Chapel on the evening of April 22, Collegedale community members and students at Southern Adventist University were met by the bright lights of a photography shoot and the clicks of a camera as they stepped in front of a large background with the words “I Will Not Fear” written multiple times across the vinyl. All the Hollywood-esque trimming were part of the Southern premier of a movie by the same name, I Will Not Fear; the senior film project of Mark Comberiate, Dillan Forsey, and Nick Lindsay, all film production majors at Southern.
After everyone found a seat, the lights dimmed and the evening program began with Bryant Rodriguez sharing a short devotional talk about relying on God and allowing Him to strengthening our faith to introduce the movie.
I Will Not Fear follows Ed Rusk as he tells the story of the tragedy that pushed him to pursue health and the struggle he fought during his participation in an Ironman distance triathlon. While on the verge of giving up so many times throughout the race, God gave him a powerful gift that kept him pushing through—one more mile, one more bend, one more check point.
Before the evening was over, Rusk and the film makers came on stage to share their own journey of telling the story visually—both the fun times and the hard times, and answer audience questions. “I thought the film did an excellent job of capturing something besides just the story of someone racing,” said Ross Mason, a graduate student at Southern. “It really pointed to Christ. I liked that.”
Written by Suzanne Ocsai.