Kyle Hufford, assistant professor of communication and "Deep Dive" executive producer, speaks during the premiere of the documentary in spring 2018. He is joined on stage by biology professors Jody Saylor and Ryan Sensenig.

Documentary ‘Deep Dive’ chosen as official selection, nominated for ‘Best Student Film’ in international film festivals

“Deep Dive: A Midwestern Legacy in the Florida Keys” has been chosen as an official selection in both the River Bend Film Festival (RBFF) and the International Christian Film and Music Festival (ICFF). The documentary was also nominated as the “2019 Best Student Film” in the ICFF.

The film tells the story of Goshen College’s J. N. Roth Marine Biology Station in Layton, Florida. For over 50 years, hundreds of GC students have traveled to the small Florida Keys community to participate in Goshen College’s marine biology program through the college’s BIOL 304 May-term course.

The 25-minute documentary was filmed and edited by FiveCore Media and film production students in Goshen College’s Communication Department. Assistant Professor of Communication Kyle Hufford oversaw the project.

As an official selection of the River Bend Film Festival, “Deep Dive” will be screened on Saturday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Goshen Theater. Goshen College film professor and the film’s executive producer, Kyle Hufford, along with other communication department alumni, will be speaking about the documentary at the filmmaker coffee talk earlier that day at 10 a.m. at Goshen Brewing Company.

The film will also be screened at the International Christian Film & Music Festival in Orlando, Florida, May 1 at 10 a.m.. The documentary is up against nine other nominated student films for “2019 Best Student Film.”

The River Bend Film Festival is a annual celebration of independent filmmaking, located in Goshen, Indiana. For the past 15 years, the RBFF has screened hundreds of independent films within a variety of genres.

This year the festival will take place on the weekend of May 3. Visit to purchase tickets.

The International Christian Film & Music Festival is a collection of the best international films/music/television shows centered on Christian values. This is the first time Goshen College has submitted to the ICFF.

This year the festival will take place in Orlando, Florida, from May 1-4. Visit to purchase tickets.

About the Goshen College Communication Department: The Goshen College Communication Department has been recognized in the state and nation for its excellence in broadcasting, journalism, speech, film production and writing. The department’s has been named Indiana TV and Radio school of the year multiple times, Best College Radio station in the nation twice, Indiana Broadcasters Association Best Radio Station, Best College Newspaper in the state and many more. Students from Goshen College’s Communication Program get hands on learning opportunities with the department’s co-curriculars like, The Record, PRSSA, WGCS 91.1 The Globe, FiveCore Media and GCTV. To learn more visit