The Evergreen Heritage Center, a local historical landmark and educational center, has agreed to open its doors for shooting of the independent film, “A Lesson of Love,” being directed by Micheal McAlexander, assistant professor of Mass Communication at Frostburg State University.
The film will be shot in various locations around Allegany County, including some of the rooms in the Evergreen House.
“The Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation is pleased that the Center has been selected for this wonderful film. We look forward to working with the cast and crew on a project that will feature the beauty and heritage of our local area,” said Janice Keene, president of the foundation board and a descendant of the original owners of the Evergreen House.
The Evergreen property dates back to the early 1700s and stretches over 130 acres. Once a thriving plantation, this property is now used for educational services geared towards providing both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities for adults and children.
Marianna Keene, Janice Keene’s mother, called it “truly an honor” to have the film shot in her former home.
The movie is set in the mountains of Appalachia and 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 other’s 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, who is also the project’s writer, is backing the film personally, but students from FSU will receive college credit for their work on the film, either through internships or as members of a special topics class. Shooting is expected to begin the second week of July and last for about 15 days.
“I have been a big fan of Janice Keane and Evergreen since the first time I met her and saw her amazing home,” McAlexander said. “I wrote ‘A Lesson of Love’ with Evergreen in mind and knew this was the perfect setting for my female lead. All of us on the film are very excited to shoot there!”
For more information about the Evergreen Heritage Center, visit http://www.evergreenheritagecenter.org/discover-evergreen-heritage-center.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.