Exclusive February 6 Showings of Old Fashioned Film Features Work of Rik Swartzwelder, Washington Adventist University's Alumnus of the Year

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A new romantic film, Old Fashioned, will open nationwide on Valentine's weekend, and the writer, producer, director and lead actor is Rik Swartzwelder who has just been named "2015 Alumnus of the Year" by Washington Adventist University. The film portrays old fashioned romance with Christian values.

Rik Swartzwelder, Washington Adventist University's 2015 Alumnus of the Year

He has created a refreshing view of old fashioned values in contemporary times that is bringing a faith-based prospective to romance.

Washington Adventist University has named Rik Swartzwelder as its “2015 Alumnus of the Year.” Swartzwelder has just written, produced, directed and acted in the romantic film Old Fashioned that will open nationwide on Valentine’s weekend. He will be recognized during the university’s Alumni Weekend, April 9-12.

“We are very proud of Rik, who is extremely talented,” said Ellie Barker, director of Alumni Relations. “He has created a refreshing view of old fashioned values in contemporary times that is bringing a faith-based prospective to romance. He is an outstanding example of how WAU alumni are taking their service beyond the gateway.”

Old Fashioned takes place in a small Midwestern college town, where former frat boy Clay runs an antique shop. Swartzwelder makes his feature film acting debut as Clay, and Elizabeth Ann Roberts plays Amber, the woman he courts in this love story.

Swartzwelder grew up in rural Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Washington Adventist University (then known as Columbia Union College), and then earned an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from The Florida State University. He now lives in Los Angeles, Ca.

Previews of Swartzwelder’s new film will be offered in exclusive showings on Friday, February 6. The film will open nationwide on Friday, February 13. For more information, go to http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com .

Washington Adventist University alumni who would like to meet Swartzwelder are encouraged to come to the Alumni Banquet, which will be held during Alumni Weekend. For more information, email alumni(at)wau(dot)edu, or call 301-891-4133

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews(at)wau(dot)edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler(at)wau(dot)edu

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