Towson University mass communication and media studies graduate Jaimie Yates’s film “Escalation,” made for the One Love Foundation and filmed partially on Towson’s campus, earned a mention in the Baltimore Sun last week after the Baltimore Ravens hosted a showing for 80 area high school and college representatives.
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Yates ‘10 works as a writer/producer for Renegade Productions, who the One Love Foundation commissioned to create the film. The 30-minute movie follows a college couple from the beginning of their relationship through a downward spiral of possessiveness and violence. It mirrors the life and death of Yeardley Love, a Baltimore native and University of Virginia lacrosse player. Her boyfriend George Huguely V was convicted of her murder and is serving a 23-year jail sentence.
The film is free to schools with the stipulation it is only shown as part of a workshop run by trained facilitators who lead students in discussions about intervening and helping someone in an abusive relationship.
“Escalation” won a Silver Remi for Short Dramatic Film at the 47th annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in 2014.