Jake McLernon began his undergraduate career at George Mason in 2008, two years after the men’s basketball team’s Cinderella run to the Final Four. On Wednesday, McLernon, who earned a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Film and Video Studies in December, released his capstone project, “8 Years Past Midnight,” a 15-minute documentary about how his school has changed since the 2006 team’s Final Four appearance.
“The inspiration for the documentary came out of necessity,” McLernon wrote in an e-mail. “Reflecting on the 2006 basketball season and George Mason University as a whole was, I felt in the end, the best story I could tell with the resources I had available to me. It’s a story that’s at Mason’s core history with a good amount of people who wanted to talk about it.”
McLernon’s documentary, which was produced in association with the George Mason Office of Student Media, includes interviews with Green Machine band director Doc Nix, former Patriots guard Lamar Butler, former Mason president Alan Merten, former AD Tom O’Connor and current AD Brad Edwards among others.
The documentary doesn’t delve into the current state of the George Mason basketball program, which is in danger of posting consecutive losing seasons for the first time in 17 years.
Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly reported that McLernon was still pursuing his Master’s degree.