Alumni make their mark in movies and TV
When then-sophomore Andrew Studer took a trip to nearby Portland to photograph a sunset in February, little did he know a thick blanket of fog rolling over the city would create the perfect time-lapse opportunity. The resulting viral video, “Inversion Immersion,” was so spectacular it was featured on the Feb. 7 edition of CBS News.
Alumnus Jerry Thompson’s (’14) inspirational rap, “They Say,” was featured in the Spike Lee movie Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which premiered in theaters Feb. 13. When Thompson learned Lee was accepting music submissions for the movie, he sent in several, but didn’t think much about it until he got a phone call from the famous director. “He said, ‘I want your song in my movie,’” recalls Thompson. “‘Let’s make this happen.’”
Alumna Rachael Perrell Fosket (’08) appeared on the NBC series Grimm May 1, playing the character Heidi McDunnah in the episode “You Don’t Know Jack.” It was the former political science major’s second appearance on the show, giving the budding actress a total of 11 film and TV credits on her resume.
Former George Fox social work major Miles Johnson (right) and his band Priory performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live Dec. 10. The four-piece indie rock band released their debut album Weekend in March of 2015, and their single of the same name has already been played more than 15 million times on the popular music streaming service Spotify.
When up-and-coming PGA star Jordan Spieth won the Masters in April – one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments – it was George Fox alumnus Michael Greller by his side. Greller, a former teacher who graduated from the university’s Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2003, became Spieth’s caddy after a chance encounter in 2012, and they’ve been together ever since. As of press time, the 21-year-old Spieth is ranked the No. 2 golfer in the world.