MCC Student Wins Film Festival Scholarship

(Bradenton, Fla., April 12, 2006) - Aaron Sexton, a Manatee Community College (MCC) student, won a $1,000 Gerd Petrick Scholarship that was presented at an April 2 Youth Awards Reception sponsored by the 2006 Sarasota Film Festival. The 22-year-old Bradenton resident edited a short film, produced at MCC, which was showcased at an international festival, and he worked as a technical director at the Sarasota festival. He hopes to eventually produce and direct independent films.

The annual scholarship competition was held during the March 31 through April 9 Sarasota Film Festival to recognize promising film students in Florida. A graduate of Bayshore High School, Sexton began taking classes at MCC while working full-time in the fall of 2002. He intended to earn an associate in arts degree but, after taking a series of film classes, changed directions to pursue an associate in applied science degree in Digital Media/Multimedia-Film and Telecommunications. Mentors at MCC are Del Jacobs, manager of the Multimedia-Film Program, and Doug Osman, assistant professor.

Sexton edited a short film, Southernmost Point, that was written and directed by Osman and is currently working with Osman on a new one. Southernmost Point was chosen as a showcase film in the prestigious Sedona (Ariz.) International Film Festival for independent filmmakers. Osman, Sexton and other faculty members and students attended.

"Going to the festivals really opened me up. I loved the experience, meeting people in the business and learning from them. At the Sarasota festival, I also got to work with all types of film formats," said Sexton.

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