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"Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" Presented at FSU
09/05/2003

Frostburg State University’s Division of Student and Educational Services will present the award-winning documentary “Journey to a Hate Free Millennium” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 in the Lane University Center Manicur Assembly Hall. The event will also include a presentation by the film’s producer/director Brent Scarpo.

"Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" seeks solutions to ending hate and hate crimes. The film centers around true stories taken from national headlines including the student shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado; the tortuous dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., an African-American man in Texas; and the brutal beating and death of Matthew Shephard, a gay college student in Wyoming.

The 35-minute documentary addresses the subject of hate by searching out the origins of how it is "taught and learned," the scope of its danger beginning with childhood taunting to murder. Viewers are invited to create their own vision of a world free of hate, where senseless acts of violence are a thing of the past.

The program utilizes the documentary in an interactive, multi-media presentation that impacts and changes views of hate in their world.

Filmmaker Scarpo has 15 years of experience as a producer, writer, director, actor and casting director in Hollywood. In addition to his work on "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium," he is the founder of the non-profit New Light Media, which is dedicated to stimulate, educate and impact the world through multimedia works. Prior to founding New Light Media, Scarpo served as a casting director for six years casting television projects, commercials and motion pictures including “The Shawshank Redemption,” “That Thing You Do” and “Air Force One.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the FSU Student and Educational Services Office at 301-687-4311.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu