January 5, 2018

Media critic explains how to keep Christian values while working in Hollywood Jan. 13

Ted Baehr, an accomplished critic, educator, lecturer, media pundit, and founder of Movieguide, will speak at Loma Linda University at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 13. The event will take place in the Centennial Complex Damazo Amphitheater.

Baehr will offer insights on maneuvering through Hollywood’s entertainment business as a Christian with a clear mission to redeem values from the mass media and to educate audiences on using proper discernment in selecting entertainment. With a background in comparative literature, law and theological studies from Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and New York University, he is an influential voice to faith communities and beyond having appeared as a featured guest on "Oprah," "Hannity and Colmes," CNN, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC and Entertainment Weekly.

He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including "The Culture-Wise Family" (Regal), "What Can We Watch Tonight" (Zondervan) and "Getting the Word Out" (Harper & Row). He was president of the organization that produced "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe" for CBS-TV in 1980, reaching 37 million viewers and winning an Emmy Award.

Baehr will be joined by panelists Garrett Caldwell, Maranatha Hay and Jason Satterlund.

Garrett Caldwell, DMin, MDiv, has served as executive director of public affairs at Loma Linda University since 2015. He previously served as public relations director at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as the point of contact between the media and the church while also consulting for Adventist leaders and communicators around the world on public relations, reputation management, and crisis communication. In addition to his public relations expertise, Caldwell is experienced in teaching, pastoring, leadership and filmmaking. He earned a bachelor’s and graduate degrees from Oakwood University, Andrews University, and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Maranatha Hay is a four-time Emmy-Award winner and has experience as an editor, director, cinematographer, writer, producer and actor. She started Tower Films, a full-service video production company, in 2011 and her team’s work has been featured on PBS, the BBC, and National Geographic Channel. Although best known for "Stocked Love" (2016), "Skeleton Woman" (2017) and "Baby Blue" (2009), she has directed and edited more than a dozen films to bring awareness of diseases and disasters affecting countries like Liberia, Africa and the Philippines. Hay won four additional Emmys from these documentary films, and she also helped raise more than $1 million for nonprofit organizations.

Jason Satterlund has been writing and working on films for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of production, including directing, writing, cinematography and editing. He travels the world producing feature films, television series, commercials, music videos and documentaries. Satterlund has done extensive work for clients such as Warner Brothers, Bon Jovi, Amazon, Microsoft, Jack White, CNN, The Oak Ridge Boys, Hallmark Entertainment, ABC, and the country of Jordan. He is creator and director of the award winning feature film "The Record Keeper," which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and his Star Wars short film "The Force and the Fury" is currently on the worldwide festival circuit.

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