Beyond The Margins

a documentary film

First Festival of 2015

Its a New Year (well, almost half way through the year), and Beyond The Margins was just accepted as an Official Selection to the START (Student Art) Film Festival in Orlando, Florida.  Besides our festival screenings, ‘BTM’ is also available online for you to view and share with your friends!  You can watch the full film at and DVDs are available if you’re looking to screen the film with a larger crowd or share it with an organization.



United Nations & Festival Screenings

We’ve got some exciting updates about Beyond The Margins since we last posted on this blog!  We have two shiny new sets of laurels to add to our steadily growing list of festival awards.  In October we were accepted as an Official Selection to the FirstGlance Online Short Film Festival, generating our first award from an organization outside of the Messiah College community.

Most recently, and perhaps most exciting, Beyond The Margins was an Official Selection to the United Nations Enable Film Festival, which was held in celebration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2014.  As an official selection to this festival, Beyond The Margins was screened during a special event held at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

We’ll continue to post updates as the distribution and festival run of Beyond The Margins continues.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us and this film thus far!



‘BTM’ Selected to FirstGlance Philadelphia Short Online Contest

Hi again everyone, Its been awhile since we’ve last updated you on Beyond The Margins’ festival run & whatnot.

We’re excited to announce that Beyond The Margins has been officially selected to participate in the FirstGlance Philadelphia Short Online Contest!  This online, short film contest runs 4 weeks through the month of October, with the public invited to log-in online to view the films and vote for the Best Short Film.  As the contest approaches we’ll keep you up to date with the latest info, as well as provide the link to where you can view and vote on the short films.


FirstGlance Philly Laurels

‘BTM’ promoted by World Vision International

Haven’t seen Beyond The Margins yet?  Want to see it again?  The filmmakers recently were informed by World Vision International that the organization is using and promoting Beyond The Margins on the main page of their Water & Sanitation webpage!  The full film is embedded on the site, and includes an excellent article written by World Vision’s Knowledge Management Coordinator, Kristie Urich.  If you haven’t seen the film yet, or if you wish to share it with a friend, colleague, or other organization, it is now publicly available for viewing at


WVI Website

BTM Wins ‘Best Cinematography’ at Festival Premiere

Beyond The Margins is now an award-winning film!  The short documentary (run time: 14min.) won for Best Cinematography at its premiere festival, Splice Student Film Festival, this past weekend.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support the film!  Our next steps will be to continue to submit to regional and international film festivals, as well as enter into discussions with World Vision on their potential use and distribution of the film.  If you missed the premiere screening, Beyond The Margins will be playing prior to the screening of fellow Messiah College filmmaker, Mitch McClure’s syfi-aciton short Downward, which was produced by Rolando Vega, the director of the 2013 award-winning film, Palace.  Keep checking this blog and our Facebook page for updates as to when the film will be made available for viewing online, on DVD/Blu-ray, and at upcoming film festivals across the country.

Beyond The Margins - Splice Festival

Finish Line in Sight

Its been awhile since we’ve posted an update here on the blog, or on Facebook, but we’re happy to say that the film is less than 2 weeks away from being complete!  Earlier this week we achieved picture lock – where the images will no longer be edited or the storyline changed.  At this point we move on to color grading and audio mixing.  The color grading process corrects the look of each individual shot so that they are as similar in saturation, exposure, and contrast as possible.  Brian Yawney, a senior Music major at Messiah College has signed on to the film as our Audio Mixer, and will be making the music, background sounds, and dialogue sound crisp and balanced.

Beyond The Margins will premiere at the Splice Student Film Festival in Messiah College’s Parmer Cinema on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are required, and can be picked up for FREE at the Messiah College Ticket Office.

Film Poster - April 27

Rough Cut Complete!

Its been awhile since we’ve posted any updates to the blog.  That’s probably because we’ve been spending long hours in the editing room working on the film.  But here we are again, and we’re excited to announce that the rough cut of the film is done!  We’ll take a much needed break this coming week during Spring Break here at Messiah College, and come back the following week ready to begin making adjustments and other changes in preparation for picture lock (end of the video editing) before we move onto audio and color correction.  We’re looking forward to sharing our work in a little under 2 months!

Completed Rough Cut