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Actor Kirk Cameron debuts new film in Lynchburg

By Tim Saunders, tsaunders@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 24 2013 06:23:43 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 24 2013 06:54:00 PM EDT

Kirk Cameron, the 80's TV star who made a name for himself on Growing Pains, is debuting his latest film project at Liberty University.

LYNCHBURG, Va. -

Film editing is nothing new for Zach Rodgers.  He's been editing class projects for several years, but his latest production could be seen by millions of people.

"It's a little daunting," said Rodgers.  "I'm a little nervous about that."

Rodgers is in the cinematic arts program at Liberty University.  The school recently partnered with actor Kirk Cameron to help with his latest movie, "Unstoppable." The documentary attempts to answer the question: "why does God let bad things happen to good people?"

"We're helping to make sure (the film) gets market, through support and whatever way we can," said Stephan Schultze, executive director of LU's cinematic arts program.

Cameron enlisted LU to both sponsor and promote his film, and help with production.

Rodgers put together a "behind the scenes" feature for the movie's DVD.

"In a lot of ways this has matured me in editing," Rodgers said.  "I've done a lot of editing, but not for serious projects.  This is a real serious project."

He hopes the experience will help launch his career after graduation.

"This is something I can put on my portfolio and my demo reel," said Rodgers.

LU leaders hope the partnership with Cameron will continue.

"I think it's doing great things for both sides," said Rodgers.  "For Kirk Cameron, he's getting sponsorship from Liberty University."

Students are also learning from Cameron and using him as a resource.

"He has decades of experience, in terms of his contacts and his knowledge of not only of film making, but the relationships he's established along the way," said Schultze.

Those relationships are helping the school itself.  Cameron is promoting Liberty and the cinematic arts program all over the country.

"He is talking greatly and doing great things with Liberty University," said Rodgers.  "That will encourage other kids out there to be a part of the film school here at Liberty."

"Unstoppable" debuts Tuesday night at Liberty University.  The live event will be simulcast to more than 700 theaters around the country.  A DVD of the film, featuring LU student work, will be released in January.