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A poster of the Regent University collaborative feature film Mary 4 Mayor.

Mary 4 Mayor: Regent University Feature Film Wins Gold for Best Comedy

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (April 7, 2022) – Regent University School of Communication & the Arts is pleased to announce its second collaborative feature film—Mary 4 Mayor—has won Gold for Best Comedy.

The film was released in April 2021 and was nominated for two International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) Crown Awards for Best Comedy and Best Narrative Over $250,000. Winners were announced at ICVM’s gala awards ceremony during National Religious Broadcasters’ Christian Media Convention last month, which honors the best in Indie Christian film and television.

“Mary for Mary provided our film and theatre students an extraordinary professional experience. Working with Corbin Bernsen and his team at Home Theater Films was an unforgettable blessing,” said Dr. Peter Fraser, senior associate dean and director of the School of Communication & the Arts. “The many students who took part and our faculty are very proud that this collaborative effort has been rewarded the prestigious Gold Crown Award.”

The partnership provided more than 40 Regent students an opportunity to be involved in the production process and receive hands-on training alongside industry professionals, including key positions in cinematography, directing, set design, wardrobe, and hair and makeup. Additionally, several actors from Regent’s film and theatre department landed leading and supporting roles in the film.

Mary 4 Mayor, available on Amazon and Christian Cinema, takes a whimsical look at family dynamics and small-town politics. What begins for 18-year-old Mary Parson as a retaliation against her father—the mayor of their town who abandoned his family after suffering a midlife crisis—turns into full-scale war as Mary becomes the lone challenger to his re-election.

The film is distributed by BMG – Global. Visit to learn more.

ICVM is an international association of Christian writers, directors, producers, performers, and distributors with a common mission to produce and distribute visual media with excellence in the marketplace.

About School of Communication & the Arts

The School of Communication & the Arts is ranked among the Top 5 Most Prestigious Communication Programs in Virginia (Plexuss, 2020). Equipped with a $35 million Communication & Performing Arts Center, this state-of-the-art school produces over 100 student films per year and has won over 645 local, national and international student film awards. The school offers on campus and online degree programs in highly competitive fields, including Master of Arts in Communication, Journalism, Producing, Screenwriting, and Theatre; Master of Fine Arts in Acting, Screenwriting and Television & Video Production; Doctor of Strategic Communication and Ph.D. in Communication.

About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University is ranked the #1 Best Accredited Online College in the United States (, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for ten years in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2022).