By Brennen Finchum
Sunsets in the garden, a homeless man under an overpass, and Trevecca President Dan Boone teaching a class all set the scene for a new promo video for Trevecca’s Social Justice program.
“The purpose of the video is for recruiting purposes,” said Betsy Harris, Trevecca marketing coordinator. “It will also go into helping fundraise money for scholarships.”
The idea began this past summer at the initiative of Boone, University President, who wanted to promote the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.
“He wanted to make Trevecca distinct from other universities,” said Harris.
The social justice program does just that.
There are only a handful of universities in the nation who offer degrees in social justice, including Hamline University and Marquette University.
The promo is being directed and produced by Nashville’s own Barry Simmons, founder of Stone Castle Pictures.
About six months ago, Simmons reached out to Trevecca and started the filming process. They interviewed people, researched and planned for months before the filming began near the beginning of September.
“We couldn’t be happier with the way it’s turned out. Can’t wait to show it to everyone,” Simmons wrote in an e-mail.
This isn’t Stone Castle’s first social justice minded project.
Among an assortment of films, Stone Castle produced feature length “Sons of Lwala” for some friends who were trying to fund a village’s first clinic in Kenya. The film raised $500,000.
In 2009, Stone Castle filmed a “dry run” to help organize a global event called “Help Portrait.” The event gathered more than 8,000 photographers in 42 countries to capture the portraits of the homeless, the oppressed and the overlooked people of the world.
“This is all about people just giving what they have,” said Jeremy Cowart, celebrity photographer and the events founder.
A rough cut of Trevecca’s film is out now and the official release date is expected in early October, said Casler.