HU’s own ‘Indiana Mark’ to be featured in film debuting at school on Nov. 19

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” had Indiana Jones, but “The Last Apostle” has Indiana Mark. Most know him as Dr. Mark Fairchild, professor of Bible and religion at Huntington University, but his breakthroughs as a world-renowned archeologist might make the former name more fitting.
Huntington University will host the premiere of “The Last Apostle,” a full-length documentary that follows Fairchild as he explores ancient Turkey. In his more than 20 years of exploration, Fairchild has discovered several previously lost cities as well as his crowning achievement, the oldest synagogue in the world.

“The Last Apostle” will premiere at Huntington University in Zurcher Auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and Fairchild will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

The documentary is the work of Huntington University alumni Logan Bush and Matt Whitney, who served as producers and traveled with Fairchild to Turkey and Cyprus.

As children, Bush and Whitney were inspired by the adventures of Indiana Jones but say they were disappointed that no real Indiana Jones walked dusty roads and explored ancient tombs, looking for lost treasures. And then they met Dr. Fairchild and felt like they met their childhood cinematic idol.

Fairchild has spent more than 20 years exploring Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Greece and Egypt. He can read ancient Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. He has trekked into the jungle to discover ancient cities and hidden ruins. He unearthed the oldest synagogue in the world.

Fairchild received his PhD in New Testament Studies from Drew University. He also completed PhD coursework at Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has twice received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Fairchild, who hails from Indiana, teaches archeology, language and theology.

Bush graduated from Huntington University in 2015 with a degree in film production. Since then, he has worked for Paramount Pictures, an Amazon Prime series and independent films. Bush is currently a freelance editor, sells stock photography and periodically produces travel videos around the Holy Lands for Tutku Tours.

Whitney graduated from Huntington University in 2015 with a degree in film production. After graduation, he briefly worked in Los Angeles as a production accountant before returning to the Midwest to film his debut feature film “4.0.”

Most recently, Whitney directed the original musical comedy “Moondance,” which is scheduled for a limited theatrical release March 13, 2020.