A University Pulls Together for a Cinematic Labor of Love

A University Pulls Together for a Cinematic Labor of Love 1

John J. Lombardi

Constance Brenneman (in red), Frostburg State President Jonathan C. Gibralter, Laurie Gibralter, and Darin Singleton (back to camera) act out a scene.

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John J. Lombardi

Constance Brenneman (in red), Frostburg State President Jonathan C. Gibralter, Laurie Gibralter, and Darin Singleton (back to camera) act out a scene.

It's hot and breezy here on the penultimate day of filming A Lesson of Love, and Micheal McAlexander's bald head is sweating like a glass of iced bourbon.

The assistant professor of mass communications at Frostburg State University has been directing repeated takes of a cocktail-party scene on the wraparound porch of a 19th-century farmhouse, where an actor portraying the Baptist president of a college in Appalachia is having a private conversation with a new faculty member,