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SAGU Cinema set to film fifth major productionWaxahachie, TexasApril 18, 2012Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Cinema is filming “Under the Sun,” the university’s third summer film and fifth major production in the past five years. The film is anticipated to release November 2012.

Principle photography is slated for April 30 to May 14 and will be shot entirely in the DFW area. SAGU senior Taylor Johnson wrote the script while Communication Arts instructor Rob Price and SAGU senior and Film Director Krystle Sonmore provided additional screenwriting assistance.

“This whole process – creating a vision, rehearsing the actors, drawing the storyboards, directing on set – will grow my leadership and organizational abilities," said Sonmore. "As a Christian going into the secular industry, this is an incredible opportunity to learn about the importance of who and what have my focus.”

“Under the Sun” balances drama and comedy to explore how to negotiate life when an unexpected tragedy happens to a young man named Jacob Richards. It was bad enough that Jacob and his friends experienced a senseless high school shooting. But then the inexplicable unfolds—a second shooting exactly six years later at the same school. A favorite teacher is seriously wounded, and Jacob is thrust on a powerful journey to figure out the ultimate question: is life just a meaningless existence?

“I wanted to write about the universal feeling that comes after a traumatic event where you question everything,” Johnson said. “Not everyone experienced a high school shooting, but most people have lost a family member, or known someone with cancer. I wanted to explore that part of life that doesn’t always make sense on the surface.”

“The bar has been raised, and this film will showcase our school’s best scriptwriting and highest production values to date,” Price said. “That’s a major credit to the students who recently graduated from SAGU. They were the pioneers who came to our school during those first few critical years when we were getting the Digital Media Arts program off the ground. Under the Sun stands on top of their shoulders.”

The Waxahachie and DFW community donated crew meals, other on-set needs and acting talent. In addition to student actors, the cast will comprise talent from Kim Dawson Agency, Linda McAlister Talent and KD Studios.

SAGU will release a theatrical production of “Under the Sun” in Fall 2012. Additionally, the film will broadcast on TV networks NRB, TCT, TBN, and Australian Christian Channel. SAGU Cinema will also produce a DVD with special features and will be on video demand on

Previous SAGU student films have received numerous awards. The team for “Murdoch” received three awards at the WorldFest Film Festival in Houston, Texas. The film won a Gold Award (2nd place) for all Short Film Cinematography and two Platinum Awards (1st place) for Short Film Editing and Short Film Screenwriting. Earlier this year “Murdoch” won 3rd place for Student Productions at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. It recently won “Best Short Feature” at Minnesota’s On the Edge Family Film Festival.

SAGU Cinema’s first film “Breaking News” received Best Cinematography for Short Film at the World Fest Film Festival in 2009. “Breaking News” broadcast nationally on NRB network, TCT network, TBN network and the Australian Christian Channel.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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