Speaker Bios

  • David G. Crouse, Emmy Award winning Independent Film Producer
  • Chip Duncan, Emmy Award winning Filmmaker, Global Ambassador, Author & Photographer
  • Verlyn Flieger, Author and Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland

David Crouse

David Crouse

David Crouse is a multiple Emmy Award winning independent film producer.

The company is committed to producing family friendly television programs that are mass distributed in North American as well as worldwide. Crouse, along with producing partner Chip Duncan, have the distinction of being the first producers ever granted interviews with five former U. S. President for a single documentary (Presidents Reagan, Ford, Carter, Nixon and Bush). Crouse’s documentaries focus on religion, politics, biography, and the environment. He co-produced The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Work of CS Lewis with Chip Duncan.

Crouse has served on numerous boards both locally and nationally. He is also co-founder of the C. S. Lewis Festival.

Chip Duncan

Chip Duncan

Writer/Director Chip Duncan authored the book The Magic Never Ends and wrote, produced and directed the popular documentary. Duncan reprises his role on A Quest for Meaning and the related educational components including a detailed roundtable discussion on The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Duncan’s recent work as a documentary writer/director includes the 3-part public television series The Reagan Presidency (2013), the PBS special Landslide – Herbert Hoover (2009), the 2-part public television documentary A History of Prayer in America (2007) and the PBS special In a Just World (2004). Duncan also wrote and directed the 13 part Discovery Network series on spiritual places of the world called Mystic Lands (1996) and authored the book Enough to go Around (2009).

Duncan is currently in production on the documentary The Negotiator – George Mitchell and the Art of Conflict Resolution (slated for 2015 broadcast).

Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger is Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, where she taught courses in Tolkien from 1977-2012.  She now teaches online courses for Signum University in Tolkien, Arthurian Literature, and comparative mythology.

Her books on Tolkien include Splintered Light, A Question of Time, Interrupted Music, and Green Suns and Faërie, and editions of Tolkien's essay "On Fairy-Stories", and his short story "Smith of Wootton Major". With Carl Hostetter she edited Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth. With David Bratman and Michael D.C. Drout she edits Tolkien Studies.

She has also published two fantasy novels, Pig Tale, and The Inn At Corbies' Caww, an Arthurian novella, Avilion, and short stories, "Green Hill Country" in Seekers of Dreams, a collection of fantasy stories, and 'Igraine at Tintagel" in Amazing Graces, an anthology of women's fiction.

Sponsors Manthei Development Corp Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac Mclean & Eakin Bookselleers The Bank of northern Michigan Wally and Margy Kidd Beards Brewery Stafford's Perry Hotel Great Lakes Energy People Fund First Presbyterian Church North Central College Petoskey United Methodist Church Crouse Gaslight Media Bay View Association