MCC Film Wins Awards at Independent Film Festivals

(Bradenton, Fla., May 23, 2007) - See Rock City, a 30-minute  film by Manatee Community College (MCC) faculty and students, has won awards at independent film festivals in Washington and Michigan. The film was produced in a class taught by Assistant Professor Doug Osman.

The MCC film was named Best Short Film at the Rainier Independent Film Festival held in Ashford Valley, Wash., May 4 through 6, and Best College Film in the Flint Film Festival held in Mott Community College Regional Technical Center, Mich., May 17 through 20.

See Rock City debuted in November 2006 in the Cine-World Film Festival at Burns Court Cinemas, Sarasota. It also was screened in the Longbaugh Film Festival, Willamette Week, Ore.; the Sarasota Filmmaker's Spotlight Shorts Program at the 9th Annual Sarasota Film Festival; and the Twin Rivers Multimedia Festival  in Ashville, N.C. The film has been accepted for screening in the Long Island International Film Expo in Bellmore, N.Y., July 13.

Broadway actress Annie Morrison plays the central character, a seriously ill singer traveling to Atlanta with two feuding friends to make her last onstage appearance. 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.

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