Dec 082010

KET’s Community Cinema at The Lexington Public Library

KET will host its monthly screening of the Community Cinema Series on Thursday, December 16 at 6 pm. This month’s film is “The Calling,” a behind-the-scenes look at young  people of different faiths who are preparing to become America’s next generation of religious leaders. As always, the film will be shown at the downtown branch of the Lexington Public Library and is free of charge. Plan to stick around for a discussion to follow. For more information, please visit:

Lexington Film League Seeking Submissions for 2nd Do-ers Contest

The Lexington Film League continues to accept submissions for the 2nd year of the “Do-ers Video Contest.”  If you are a filmmaker who would like to profile a community “Do-er”, or if you are an organization who would like to be featured, please visit for more details. The contest is open to all Kentuckians and will culminate in a final event at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar where the top videos will be shown and cash prizes will be awarded. The submissions deadline is February 1, 2011.

Dec 082010

Collecting GOOD USED duffle bags, backpacks and luggage

Foster and adoptive kids need duffle bags, backpacks and luggage for moves from court, to foster or group homes, back to birth families or between homes.  If people have any they would like to donate, please get in touch. I volunteer my assistance in collecting and distributing luggage, anywhere and everywhere in Kentucky.

This is voluntary work and freely given.

Rooster and Rose in the Blanton Center on Nicholasville Road will accept donations during business hours, too.

Don Pratt – 210 Walton Avenue – Lexington, KY 40502-1422

859 389-7694

Dec 082010

Advice for local filmmakers

By James Smith

After months (sometimes years!) of production you finally premiere your film to the general public. There is no better feeling than being in a large theater with an audience who grants you a standing ovation. After the film has reached its end, the theater lights brighten and your audience leaves with a better appreciation for how much time and money you have mixed with your blood, sweat and tears.

So, what’s next? Well, distribution of course. You want to share your film with the as many people as you can. And, while your hometown is a good start, you begin thinking about the entire state, then all of America, and after that: the world.

Distribution is never easy, as most every company out there will refuse unsolicited material. Begin by sending out query letters to the different companies, starting with a brief synopsis of the film and why you think their company would be the right choice for you. If interested in knowing more, they will contact you and ask for more details. The rest is up to you.

Some independent companies will focus completely on distribution deals before ever stepping back behind the camera. Our production company, DBC Entertainment, is different. We don’t wait around. Not forty-eight hours after the premiere of our feature film Point Pleasant, we were already at it again with pre-production on our next full-length movie, Perfect Skin.

We held auditions for Perfect Skin a month prior to pre-production, soon after initial filming for Point Pleasant had wrapped. Within a couple of weeks, casting was complete. Film began rolling on November 20th in Booneville, Kentucky, and early production lasted for two days. In just a short period of time, we had knocked out quite a bit of dialogue.

That’s the key to filming. If you have more than one scene take place in the same location, shoot everything you can all at once to avoid having to return and ask permission again. Sometimes people have a change of heart and won’t allow you to return. So spend a full day, shoot all you can, and lock it away.

Perfect Skin promises to be different than anything DBC has filmed so far. It uses more special effects than we have ever used to date, and we brought in the “Make-Up Magician” himself, Cineline Productions’ Sven Granlund to help us achieve that.

DBC Entertainment co-owner Shauna Tackett is the creative force behind Perfect Skin. She wrote, produced, directed and stars in the film. Bringing back DBC Family cast, and adding some new faces to the mix, brought the script to life in a very profound way. Shauna’s hardcore writing style amazes me. A love for films is something we share full force, and it shows in the end. Her attention to detail, and knowing exactly what she wants from scene to scene, reminds me how lucky I am to work with her.

Financing for Perfect Skin came not only from family and friends, but also from people throughout the world who share a genuine love for the industry. proved to be an invaluable resource. It assists in funding for any project you may be doing. We provided incentives that ranged from an autographed photo to an opportunity to have a speaking role in the film, and the Kickstarter community provided the rest. Films, music, books, etc…this site will help you.

We have set aside a few months for the entire production of Perfect Skin based on the array of characters and the amount of special effects and make-up needed for the film. We are considering the possibility of a summer release. It takes time to make a film, and because of the style in which this differs from Point Pleasant, it will take seemingly countless hours, day in and day out, to complete.

DBC has teamed up once again with Gregory W. Brock (Silver Chain Films) and Stacey Gillespie (Eclipse Entertainment) for Perfect Skin. We are a family, and families who work together reliably bring their “A” games, giving the audience more than their money’s worth. Of course, we are always looking to expand our family, and everyone is welcome.

If you are interested in this film or other DBC Entertainent films, you can learn more by visiting Keep in touch with the cast and crew, stay up to date on filming dates and locations, and talk to us about the opportunities to become an extra. If you e-mail us at we will be happy to provide more information!

Dec 082010

KET offers opportunity for Kentucky filmmakers

By Lucy Jones

Want to see your short film on television? KET is giving you the chance to do so.

The statewide public television network is seeking submissions for the 2011 season of Reel Visions, a program dedicated to showcasing the work of Kentucky filmmakers. The series aired its first episode during the summer of 2009 and has since broadcast three seasons of the half hour show. The content of featured shorts has ranged from meditations on love filmed at fast food drive-thrus to a “Twilight Zone” inspired tribute to the sci fi genre. But all of the films are unified by a common thread: they are made by folks who have lived and worked right here within our state. Continue reading »

Dec 012010


Let me first apologize to Ace Weekly. In what is the only remark that I sincerely regret, I wrote, “Others: Business and journalism ethics for our paper? A need to be nice to people? You must not read our paper except to see if there’s any “art” things in there. Our advice: go back to Ace.” This was intended as an intentional dig directed to a group of people who clearly were not aware that this paper generally denigrates business ethics and naive understandings of legality and illegality. Ace was the vehicle but also the butt. It shouldn’t have been. I am a regular reader of Ace, and though I may disagree with some of their positions, as I’ve been publishing this paper I am continually impressed and amazed that they’ve been doing our gig for 20 years now. It is an impressive run, and with the excellent work of Biannca Spriggs, they continue to be a relevant magazine that I grab usually within days of release. I am sorry. Continue reading »