Film Festival Update

Hello all,

Well the film is 95.7% finished.  Just need to do some final color correction and the final sound mix and add the final credits and I’ll be, for all intents and purposes, finished!  Yea!

I’ve already begun submitting the film to festivals (most festivals will accept a partially completed film for judging purposes).  Below is a list of where I’ve submitted so far:

  • Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT)
  • South by Southwest Film Festival (Austin, TX)
  • International Film Festival – Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Santa Barbara Film Festival (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
There are several more festivals I will be submitting to in the next few months.  I should start hearing about the current ones in early December.  As soon as I know which festivals I get into I will let you know (so you can come and hang out at the festival!!!)


Down winding roads leading to Mt. Savage, and over rusty railroad tracks, lies a beautiful white house surrounded by a sea of breathtaking greenery. The Evergreen Heritage Center is a historical landmark in the Allegany community that dates back to the early 1700s and stretches well over 130 acres. Once a thriving plantation, this property is now used for many educational services geared towards providing both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities for adults and children of all ages. Recently, The Heritage Center has agreed to open its doors for shooting of the independent film, “A Lesson of Love.”

“I have been a big fan of Janice Keane and Evergreen since the first time I met her and saw her amazing home” - Micheal McAlexander

The film will be shot in various locations around Allegany County including some of the rooms in the Evergreen House. President of the foundation board and a descendant of the original owners of the Evergreen House, Janice Keene says, “The Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation is pleased that the Center has been selected for this wonderful film.  We look forward to working with the cast and crew on a project that will feature the beauty and heritage of our local area.”

Keene’s husband Richard Saucer, also expressed excitement for the use of the Evergreen facilities for this production saying, “I haven’t had an opportunity to read the entire script yet but I think the film will help shed a positive light on the area.” Marianna Keene, Janice’s mother, when asked how she felt about the film being shot in her former home responded by saying, “It is truly an honor.”

“I have been a big fan of Janice Keene and Evergreen since the first time I met her and saw her amazing home,” says McAlexander.  “I wrote “A Lesson of Love” with Evergreen in mind and knew this was the perfect setting for my female lead.  All of us on the film are very excited to shoot there!”

For more information about the Evergreen Heritage Center go to

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This posting was written by one of the film’s social media interns, Asia Taylor.)

Regional Auditions – May 16, 17, 18, 19

Hey everyone,

Our casting director, Kara Sullivan, will be flying out from Los Angeles to hold regional auditions for A LESSON OF LOVE on May 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th.

All roles are open.

You can click on the AUDITIONS tab to see the available roles and descriptions.  If you would like to sign up to audition, please contact Ms. Sullivan via email at



Special auditions for FSU announced

A LESSON OF LOVE director and FSU professor Micheal McAlexander will be holding special auditions for FSU faculty, staff, and students on Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd.  Asked about holding the early auditions, Professor McAlexander replied, “I wanted to give the people at FSU the first chance at the auditions.  We have some amazing talent here and the university has been extremely supportive of this project.”

Later in May, the movie’s producer and casting director will be flying out from Los Angeles to hold auditions for actors/performers from the entire tri-state region.

For more information and to see what roles are available, click on the AUDITIONS! tab at

Spring break casting in L.A.

A couple of weeks ago I spent several days over Spring Break in Los Angeles holding casting sessions for the two lead roles in the movie, Thomas and Abigail.  My casting director, Kara Sullivan, received over 1600 submission for the roles!  Luckily I didn’t have to sit through that many auditions!

I saw about 25 women and 30 men (oh and 10 little girls for the role of Sunshine, Abigail’s daughter).  There was some amazing talent in that group (and the little girls were so cute and really good actresses!).

My producer, Brad Waisbren, the casting director and I will be holding auditions for all roles for local actors who want to come and try-out for the movie.  I’ll have more information about this in a few weeks, but the auditions will most likely be around the first of May.

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