FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Date: September 27, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


Journey to a Hate Free Millennium” to be presented at UIS


            SPRINGFIELD -- Brent Scarpo, producer and director of the award-winning documentary “Journey to a Hate Free Millennium,” will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, October 11, in Brookens Auditorium on campus at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow a screening of the video.

            “Journey” seeks solutions to the hate crimes that have become frequent events in recent years and features examples taken straight from the headlines: The murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, in Wyoming; the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., an African American man, in Texas; and the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Victims’ family members, as well as students, teachers, celebrities, and others share their thoughts in exclusive interviews.

            The film not only questions why these incidents happen, but seeks to find answers and invites viewers to create their own visions of a future where senseless acts of violence and hate are a thing of the past.

Scarpo’s presentation is sponsored in part by Springfield Area PFLAG. For additional information, or to help sponsor this event, contact PFLAG at 525-0642 or the UIS Alliance at 206-7007.  For more information about the video, go to