Filmmaker Terry Benedict Visits WWC

his film "The Conscientious Objector" to be screened

By: Tara Jeske

Filmmaker Terry L. Benedict will visit Walla Walla College beginning Thursday, March 3. Benedict is the filmmaker behind the documentary, “The Conscientious Objector,” which chronicles the story of the young Seventh-day Adventist soldier Desmond T. Doss, who, though he refused to carry a weapon, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his acts of bravery during World War II.

The Crystal Heart Award-winning documentary feature explores the nature of Doss’ heroism and searches out survivors of the 77th Infantry Division who were witness to Doss’ actions and rescues. For the first time in 56 years, these men reunite with their humble Army medic on the very soil of his amazing story – the Maeda Escarpment in Okinawa, Japan.

The film also won awards for best feature in a digital format, and Audience Choice Award at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif., in 2004.

"The Conscientious Objector" will be shown Saturday, March 5, at 3 p.m., in the Canaday Technology Center, room 305. The Canaday Technology Center is located at 306 SW 4th Street in College Place. Benedict will host a Q&A session after the screening.The film runs 101 minutes, and contains elements that may not be suitable for young children.

Benedict will also speak for vespers Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Walla Walla College Church sanctuary.

Terry Benedict’s 15-year background in the entertainment industry includes seven years as an assistant director and production manager for various features, and three years as a production supervisor. Benedict also wrote, produced and directed the film “Painted Hero,” and has directed live theater.

Benedict’s visit is sponsored by the Walla Walla College Department of Communications, and Lamba Pi Eta, the Communications Honor Society of the National Communication Association.


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