BU Profs, Telecom Students Shooting Feature Film in Waco

July 21, 2005

A mock documentary, about a guy who thinks he is a messiah, is being filmed in and around Waco. Christopher J. Hansen, assistant professor of communication studies at Baylor University, co-wrote and is directing "a.k.a. Brian Barr," a feature film shot in high definition. Theoretical Entertainment is serving as executive producers.

The film centers around Brian, who believes he is a local messiah, selected for his hometown. Brian is on a quest to raise money for a town-wide rally where he hopes to announce his deity and to determine his true, God-given "special purpose" in life, which may or may not have something to do with ailments of the lower gastrointestinal tract. He won't be sure until he hears more or less directly from God.

Hansen, who has won a variety of screenwriting awards, graduated from Lee College and earned graduate degrees in film production and script and screenwriting from Regent University. His work has earned him acclaim including placing in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and winning a platinum award at Worldfest 2005 in Houston.

The film will be produced by Hansen and Brian Elliott, senior lecturer in communication studies, and is co-written by David Lovic. Brooks Grigson, lecturer in communication studies, has signed on to serve as the project's assistant director. Damon Crump, director of the film "Risen," will serve as director of photography and associate producer. The film is slated for a Spring 2006 release.

For more information or a shooting schedule, contact Matt Gauen at (713) 249-8147 or

Elliott at (254) 710-4463 or by email at elliott@theoreticalentertainment.com. For more information on the film, visit www.akabrianbarr.com.

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