MovieMaker Names MCC Film Program Among World's Best

(Bradenton, Fla., July 27, 2006) -- Manatee Community College (MCC) is one of 25 two-year colleges chosen by national MovieMaker  magazine as being among "the world's best film schools." The top 25 in two separate categories, two- and four-year schools, were named in the summer edition "Guide to Film Education."           

The article, "Less is More: The Community College Option," focuses on advantages of community college programs that feature lower cost and quality instruction by industry professionals who serve as the best-possible role models and mentors. MovieMaker, The Art and Business of Making Movies, is known as the most widely read independent movie magazine in the world.

"While Manatee (MCC) offers a diverse curriculum that includes an in-depth study of film and broadcasting history, mass media and popular culture, it's the internship program that really makes it stand out," the magazine article said. "In their final year of study, students often log 300 hours working on projects fine-tuned to their own career goals."

Del Jacobs, MCC's multimedia/film program manager, said, "We try to give our students real-world experience that prepares them to produce and to compete. Many of our students have gone on to write, direct and act in films on a professional basis and they often return to MCC classrooms to share their experiences. It's gratifying to play a role in those kinds of success stories and to have a national magazine single us out for such high praise."

MCC offers a wide range of media studies that incorporate historical and critical explorations into the teaching of technical aspects of film production to produce well-rounded filmmakers. Student-produced films are shown locally and have been showcased at national film festivals. Short narrative, documentary, experimental and music video films by MCC students were shown this summer in the Fifth Annual Suncoast Student Film Festival at Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota. The Southernmost Point, a 50-minute film written and directed by MCC Assistant Professor Doug Osman and produced by MCC students and staff, was showcased in the prestigious Sedona International Film Festival held earlier this year. The film premiered in Sarasota's 2005 Cine-World Film Festival.

Enrollment is under way for Fall 2006 classes at MCC. The last day new student applications will be accepted for admission is Aug. 16 for most Fall term classes that begin Aug. 21 and end Dec. 14. Class offerings may be viewed on MCC's Web site at

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