Frostburg State University professor of Mass Communication Micheal McAlexander won the Award of Excellence in the promotional category for the “Staking Our Claim” video at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.
Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg is a campaign created by the Frostburg State University Foundation in order to raise badly needed funding for higher education in Western Maryland. Gifts support student enrichment, academic enrichment and regional and cultural enrichment. The comprehensive campaign goal is to raise $15 million. The Staking Our Claim video was funded by a grant from the FSU Foundation and was created to encourage greater financial support for the University from the alumni.
The award for excellence is given to filmmakers in multiple categories. McAlexander won the award for the Promotional category. Students and industry professionals from around the country submit entries for the contest. McAlexander’s winning piece will be shown at the BEA convention in Las Vegas in April. The complete Staking our Claim video can be seen online at www.vimeo.com/mcom.
The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.
Along with winning the award for excellence, McAlexander will be shooting a feature-length film this summer in Frostburg. Set in the mountains of Appalachia, “A Lesson of Love” is the story of Thomas Aquinas Moore, a professor from Los Angeles recruited to teach at a small-town college, who falls in love with Abigail Meeks, a deeply religious local woman. The unlikely love is torn apart by one’s commitment to faith and the others devotion to reason. They both must overcome deep-rooted fears and age-old prejudices to hold on to the love they both desperately need.
McAlexander will direct the movie and, as part of a Special Topics class, give his students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in various positions on a feature film. Principal photography is set to begin July 2010. For more information about “A Lesson of Love,” visit www.alessonoflove.com.
Before joining the FSU faculty in 2007, McAlexander worked in various positions in Hollywood including U.S. segment producer on two television shows for Japan's NTV Network, as an assistant producer on an independent feature film, writer/editor for several feature electronic press kits and managed a heavy metal band. While at USC, he was awarded a Paramount Screenwriting Fellowship and won a CINE Golden Eagle award for his cinematography and editing work on the short-film “Sporters.”
For more information about Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, contact the FSU Foundation at 301-687-4161 or visit http://www.frostburg.edu/admin/foundation/.