Benefit Auction Helps New Film Production

(Bradenton, Fla., March 16, 2006) - Faculty and class members in a Manatee Community College (MCC) film production class taught by Assistant Professor Doug Osman will launch a new short film production, About Us, with a reception and benefit auction from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, at the Digital Technology Centre, 4440 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

The open-to-the-public kick-off party features free hors d'oeuvres and beverages and an opportunity to meet the cast and crew. The film focuses on a day in the life of a seriously ill woman making her last onstage appearance as a singer. Broadway actress Annie Morrison plays the central character. Other cast members are MCC graduate Susan Jones Mannino, who has appeared in Asolo Theatre and other professional theatre productions, and Steven Hill, an MTV "The Real World - Las Vegas" cast member. He also has appeared in the soap opera, "Passions," and a television reality show about the making of a horror film.

The most recent film produced by an MCC film production class, The Southernmost Point, premiered in Sarasota's 2005 Cine-World Film Festival and was a showcased film in the prestigious Sedona International Film Festival held in February in Sedona, Ariz.

Those who wish to attend the reception and auction to help fund the new production of About Us may RSVP by calling (941) 752-5390 or (941) 408-1418.

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