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Whitworth to host New York film producer Markie Hancock for Sept. 25 presentation

September 19, 2014

Whitworth University will welcome veteran New York film producer Markie Hancock on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Hancock is known for independent documentaries including Born Again (2007), a film chronicling her own religious struggles. She has been making documentaries for 20 years covering topics that range from issues regarding race and education, as well as LGBT rights.

After graduating from Wheaton College (Ill.), Hancock attended Princeton Theological Seminary to study theology, but left to finish her studies in Berlin, where she began to explore a world in stark contrast to the one she was raised in.

Her latest film, which will be shown during her presentation, explores evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., focusing on Christian colleges where LGBT students struggle with the risk of being expelled or condemned as sinners.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Dayna Coleman-Jones, assistant dean of student life, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4565 or

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