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Grove City College student-produced film to premiere this weekend

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Grove City College student-produced film to premiere this weekend


Grove City College student Nathan Mancini ’13 has co-written and directed a feature film titled, “Asleep in a Storm.” It will premiere at the Guthrie Theatre in Grove City, Pa., on Saturday, April 13, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a red carpet post-premiere party at Carnegie Alumni Center on campus.

Mancini is a marketing major at the College and has been involved in videography since 2005. “I have always wanted to direct a feature film, and my senior year of college was the perfect time to make it happen,” Mancini said.

This coming-of-age drama stars Johnny Sikma ’13 as Rob Connolly, a successful college senior who lives his life like a game of poker, where everyone is hiding something. An insult to Rob’s pride sets him on a battle for intellectual superiority against Sam Elmore (Sam Leuenberger), a seemingly insignificant fellow student. The conflict draws in the seniors’ friends and shakes the foundation of their college lives. Ultimately, Rob and Sam must decide for themselves if anyone is trustworthy.

The entire cast is from Grove City College, and there are several College faculty members in the film. “I can honestly believe one thing that sets this film apart from other college films is the quality of the acting. We recruited Grove City College’s best actors and actresses for this film, and it shows in the finished product,” Mancini said.

Media may attend the premiere. It is recommended that the media contact Nathan Mancini at to ensure they are granted access.

For more information on the movie, including show times on campus and where to purchase tickets, visit