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November 2, 2001

Filmmaker brings hate-free message to campus

Portions of Journey to a Hate Free Millennium - a documentary about recent hate crimes including the Matthew Shepard murder - will be screened at California State University, Sacramento at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5. The event takes place in the University Union Ballroom.

Created by Los Angeles-based filmmakers Brent Scarpo and Martin Bedogne, Journey to a Hate Free Millennium is the only project that the Shepard family has agreed to participate in about the murder of their son, Matthew Shepard who was killed because he was gay. The goal of the film is to show how hate affects their lives and society.

Scarpo has worked in Hollywood for the past 15 years as an actor and casting director. He has cast such films as Air Force One, That Thing You Do and The Shawshank Redemption. He is touring college campuses with an interactive program focused around the documentary.

"It's not a gay thing, it's not a black thing, it's not an Asian thing," Scarpo says. "It's a hate thing and hate is nondiscriminatory. This project is a vision for an American culture free of prejudice and hate."

The program includes about 35 minutes of footage from the documentary interspersed with a discussion led by Scarpo. Instead of dwelling on the problems, the program offers solutions to prejudice problems.

For more information about the screening call (916) 524-9673. Additional media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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