LSU Department of Theatre Assistant Professor to Premiere Debut Film, “As It Is in Heaven” in New Orleans Oct. 3-9

09/23/2014 10:49 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of Theatre is excited to welcome a new assistant professor of film and television, Joshua Overbay, who will lead the film and television concentration within the Department of Theatre as it expands to accommodate the growing student interest in the film industry in Louisiana.


“As It Is in Heaven,” Overbay’s feature film debut, will be screened from Oct. 3-9 at the Zeitgeist Multimedia Arts Center, 618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans.


After the death of the Prophet, a man is called to lead his small religious sect as they anxiously await the end of the world they were promised.


Overbay deftly leads audiences down a twisting path of passion and devotion, envy and manipulation in this sympathetic portrayal of a modern-day cult leader and his spiritual convictions. Devoted to a simple life of faith in unforgiving Kentucky backcountry, a small religious sect seeks spiritual awakening as their Prophet, played by John Lina, nears death and his son Eamon, played by Luke Beavers, prepares to step forward as their new leader. But, in his last moments, the Prophet instead names newcomer David, played by Chris Nelson, as his spiritual successor.


David Sterritt, chair of the National Society of Film Critics, described the film as “absorbing…a very interesting and absorbing little movie, and I look forward to bigger things from Joshua Overbay.”


About Joshua Overbay
Joshua Overbay is a professional director, producer and writer of feature films. Most recently, he completed “As It Is in Heaven,” which was deemed a Critics Pick by The New York Times and described as “ominous” and “quietly compelling” by The Hollywood Reporter.


Overbay studied theology and philosophy before pursuing a career in film. He is from East Tennessee and currently resides in Baton Rouge with his lovely wife, Ginny Lee, and his daughter, Annabelle.





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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014