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Grant to Support Expansion of Socially-Conscious Filmmaking at the Mount

Jan. 29, 2010 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) has been awarded a three-year, $250,000 grant to expand its innovative Film & Social Justice program by the W.M. Keck Foundation, a leading supporter of undergraduate education.

The grant will enhance the College's film program – which uses filmmaking to promote active learning across academic disciplines – by engaging students in the local community, and, ultimately, developing strong leaders who will contribute to positive social change.

"We are thrilled to have the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation as we look to grow this unique program that uses filmmaking as a means to promote social justice," says Pam Haldeman, Film & Social Justice program director. "This expansion also allows the College to educate more students from underrepresented groups to become a part of the film industry: women, primarily from minority, ethnic, and low-income backgrounds."

The grant will fund the expansion of two part-time faculty positions to full-time, as well as a reallocation of the program director's time to build partnerships with high schools and community-based organizations. The funds additionally will allow for the purchase of new film production equipment.

For more on the College's Film & Social Justice program, visit www.msmc.la.edu.

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