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Students Win High Honor with "A Common Life" Documentary

Thumbnail image for common life video.jpg"A Common Life," a documentary video produced by four Eastern students in Denise Matthews's  Documentary Video Production class in fall 2011, won third place in the Audience Choice category at the Trinity Film Festival on May 5.  The film was one of 23 selected from nearly 50 student entries from across the country to compete in the festival. Student producers  included Jenn Silva, Katherine McManus, Stephanie LaPointe and Tim Crouse, all Communication majors. McManus and LaPointe are also Performing Arts Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for common life katharine mcmanus, right, and stranger.jpgmajors.

A Common Life is a documentary about a married couple who adopted a boy named Christian through from the Connecticut Department of Child and Families. The family lives in Lebanon. Christian began kindergarten at the Lebanon Elementary school this past fall. In Lebanon, Christian and his parents are living a common life in every way except one -- Christian's parents, Eastern Professor of Music David Belles and his husband Eric Ouelette, are both males.

A Common Life also won the top award at the Eastern Video and Animation Festival on April 19, and was featured at Eastern's School of Education and Professional Studies' Excellence Expo on May 2. At left, Stephanie LaPointe and Katharine McManus, two members of the four-person team who made the film.

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