Dec 072011

Twelve O’Clock High Screening at the Kentucky Theatre

The Kentucky Theatre, in partnership with WWII veteran Frank Cassidy, will host a special Pearl Harbor Day screening of Twelve O’Clock High. This 1949 Academy Award-winning classic, starring Gregory Peck, tells the story of U.S. aircrews who conducted daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and Occupied France. The event will begin at 11:30 A.M. with an introduction to the World War II veterans in attendance. The screening will begin at noon, and will be followed by an opportunity to meet the veterans and discuss their experiences. This event is free and open to the public. For those who need a reminder, Pearl Harbor Day is December 7. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Kentucky Theatre Summer Classics Series Continues

If you have not yet made it down to the Kentucky Theatre for one of this summer’s amazing revival screenings, there are still plenty of opportunities! Upcoming films include Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H (6/22) and a double feature of Abbott and Costello flicks (6/29). All films in the series are shown at 1:30 P.M. and 7:15 P.M. on their respective dates, and each screening is $4. If you can make it to the evening screening, you will be rewarded with a “My Old Kentucky Home” organ sing-a-long and an introduction by the always entertaining Bill Widener. For a complete list of films in the series, please visit Continue reading »

Feb 162011

KET’s Community Cinema Series at the Lexington Public Library

KET, in association with Independent Lens, will host a screening of Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story at the downtown branch of the Lexington Public Library on Thursday, February 17.  The film, which is the latest installment in the Community Cinema Series, tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who is arrested and tried for the murder of a 43-year-old man. Over the course of six years, the film follows Cyntoia through the judicial process while seeking to discover–both culturally and biologically–the factors involved in creating her current situation. The screening will begin at 6 P.M. and is free and open to the public. Expect a discussion to follow. For more information, please visit:

Bluegrass Film Society Screenings at BCTC

The Bluegrass Film Society (BFS) continues its 2011 Spring Semester with a series of challenging and thought-provoking films–all of which are free! This year’s programming boasts the addition of a Social Documentary Series as well as a Family Film Series. Most screenings are held  in the Oswald Building Auditorium on the campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College and all are open to the public. For a complete list of films and their showtimes, please visit and do a search for “Bluegrass Film Society.” The series will run until April 20.

On Wednesday, February 23, BFS will show The Cove (USA: Louie Psihoyos, 2009: 92 mins), a hard hitting expose of an annual hidden massive roundup and slaughter of dolphins in a Japanese cove. The film won a 2010 Oscar for best documentary.

Jan 192011

New KET documentary honors a legend and kicks off a film festival

By Lucy Jones

Showing people a picture of Harry Dean Stanton is like presenting them with a cinematic Rorschach test. If you ask them who he is, the answer says as much about them as it does about him.  “That’s the dad from Pretty in Pink.” “That’s the dude from Repo Man!” “That’s Brett from Alien.” Or, “that’s the guy from Red Dawn—‘Avveeeenge Meeeee!’” Based on the reply, you can gauge everything from how old a person is to which side of the cafeteria he/she probably sat on in high school. Continue reading »

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

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 »

Jul 282010

KET to feature local short films

By Ben Allen

On August 1, KET’s Reel Visions: A Spotlight on Kentucky Filmmakers—a new series that showcases the talents of film artists from Kentucky—enters its third season. Each Reel Visions program presents a half-hour collection of some of the best short-films from filmmakers native to or living and working in Kentucky, featuring everything from experimental art films and animations to quirky short stories and off-the-beaten path documentaries.

Filmmakers have the opportunity to have their work viewed across the state—a level of exposure that may have previously been unattainable—while viewers unaccustomed to the world of independent filmmaking get a glimpse into some of the best offerings of film fare in the Commonwealth. Check out the first show of the new season on Wednesday, August 4 at 10:30 P.M. on KETKY and Thursday, August 5 at 10:30 P.M. Continue reading »