Stephenson Center for Appalachia to screen filmmaker Jesse Knight’s latest work The Orbs on March 5

February 23, 2015

If you are looking for an escape from the winter blues, come to Lees-McRae College on Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium to watch a screening of Jesse Knight’s feature film The Orbs.  As part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, Knight will discuss the process of producing a movie in Appalachia, and show his award-winning film. This event is free and open to the public.

Knight teaches video production and other courses in the Communication Arts and Design program at Lees-McRae. Since earning his MFA in filmmaking at University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002, Knight has produced a number of music videos and feature films. He produced and filmed The Orbs, a science fiction/horror film, entirely in Western North Carolina using talent from the region.

The Orbs has won several awards since its release. Knight won Best Director and the film’s star Christy Johnson won Best Actress at the 2014 Killuride Film Festival. At MonsterCon 2014 and Roundcon Film Festival 2013, The Orbs was named Best Feature Film, and the Fright Night Film Festival awarded it Best Paranormal Feature.

“We are fortunate to have Jesse Knight as a professor at Lees-McRae,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Less-McRae. “He represents a new generation of filmmakers who write, produce, direct and edit their work, stamping it with their individual vision. We invite everyone to come out and experience the movie and hear Jesse’s discussion.”

The Stephenson Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the College at 828.898.5241 or

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