9/8, 7:15 pm
Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center
Free Student Screening

Twenty teams brave the Alaskan wilderness for the competition of a lifetime. Racers will traverse over 350 miles in a non-stop seven-day race, carrying everything they will need to survive a course that pits themselves against Mother Nature and each other. Racers will mountain bike through the sharp peaks of the Kenai Peninsula, traverse mountain ranges, crevasse filled glaciers, mudflats filled with quicksand and paddle countless life-threatening rivers and rapids. A student production team from the University of Cincinnati braved the same hardships to produce this film.

Director – Brian J. Leitten, Origin – United States, Duration – 01:15:00

Expedition Alaska is a partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s Production Master Class, The University sent a team of media-savvy students, along with Professor Kevin Burke and Emmy award-winning producer, and alumnus, Brian J. Leitten, to Alaska to film the race from start to finish University of Cincinnati : Production Master Class Press Release

Developed by CCM Professor Kevin Burke and UC Alumnus and Emmy award-winning producer Brian J. Leitten, the Production Master Course was made possible by a three-year grant from the University of Cincinnati’s UC Forward Collaborative, an initiative that supports experiential learning and is part of the UC Academic Master Plan. The pedagogic goal was to create a transformative, “hands-on” experience for the students by taking them out of the classroom and into the field to produce the documentary series and create professional-quality digital media content that could be distributed to a national television audience. “The idea was to totally re-invent the college classroom,” notes UC President Santa Ono, “focusing interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students on real world projects.”