Mar 162011

Filmmakers document regional organizations and events

By Mary Ashley Burton

The main objective behind the Lexington Film League’s annual Doers contest – combining the storytelling power of film with individuals and groups committed to doing good within their communities – makes for such a natural marriage that it may have Lexingtonians wondering why nothing like this existed in Kentucky before last year.

“The Doers Video contest grew out of a desire to have a contest that paired filmmakers with non-profit organizations and have filmmakers tell inspiring stories,” says founder of the Lexington Film League and the Doers Video Contest, Kiley Lane. “The overall goal is to offer an opportunity for filmmakers to actively participate in an LFL event, for the filmmakers to build their portfolios, and to connect filmmakers to their community and the community to their filmmakers.” 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.

Nov 102010

Two opportunities to make and see movies in Lexington

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The “Japanese Films of the 1960s” series is nearing its close, but you still have the opportunity to see two more fantastic films at The Kentucky Theatre! This is the 6th year that the University of Kentucky Asia Center and the Japanese Studies Program have showcased Japanese films.

This year’s series features five renowned directors working in very different genres. From science fiction to melodrama, from horror to action–there is something for everyone! The final two films slated to screen at The Kentucky are Okamoto Kihachi’s Age of Assassins on Thursday, November 11, and Kudo Eiichi’s The Fort of Death on Thursday, November 18. Both films screen at 9:30 P.M. and are free and open to the public. Continue reading »

Aug 112010

Local production shoots in Red River Gorge

By Lucy Jones

Of all the myriad reasons that downtown Lexington is a desirable locale for film shooting, one of the more rarely discussed is the relative absence of bear attacks. But, for a largely local film crew assembled in the Red River Gorge this summer, the unexpected salience of this point was fairly unavoidable.

On location to shoot a feature film for Lexington’s own Four B Films, the cast and crew of Red River Moon found themselves in an unanticipated position late this June. After a black bear attacked a hiker, the park was closed indefinitely and the crew found themselves cut off from access to their planned locations. The shoot was interrupted, and producers ultimately had no choice but to temporarily cease production. 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 »

May 202010

By Lucy Jones

When the Lexington Film League (LFL) sent out a call for music videos, little could anyone have imagined that the results would be so tremendous or so musically diverse. Once again, the Kentucky filmmaking community has proven its strength and its talent, and the LFL would like to invite both music and film lovers to come and view the results!

On Saturday, May 29, the Lexington Film League will present a selection of the competing videos and will follow the screening with an evening of live music featuring Lucky Pineapple, Englishman, Fanged Robot, and Idiot Glee. The event will be held at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom, and prizes will be awarded to the winning videos. Continue reading »

May 032010

Mark Your Calendars for the LFL Music Video Contest and Screening Saturday, May 29th

Submissions are now closed for the Lexington Film League’s Music Video Contest and Screening. The top picks will be shown in an exciting multi-media event on Saturday, May 29th at Busters Backroom and Billiards. Doors will open at 6 PM.

LexArts has generously donated cash rewards for the following categories:

  • Best Overall*
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Narrative
  • Best Use of Costume and Props
  • Best Original Song

The video that wins Best Overall will also have a slot in the Louisville Film Society’s Flyover Film Festival in June.

See you at Busters.

Mar 272010

By Lucy Jones, for LFL

The Lexington Film League is accepting submissions for our Music Video Contest and Showcase from now until May 1, 2010.

Be creative and be unique! Submissions are open nationwide and to all ages.

Your video must have been made in the last three years and you must own, or have permission to use, the rights to the music.

The competition will culminate in a video showcase at Buster’s Backroom & Billiards on Saturday, May 29. Doors will open at 6 pm and the video screenings will be followed by live music.

The grand prizewinner of the competition will receive a guaranteed slot at Louisville’s Flyover Film Festival during the weekend of June 11-13, 2010.

For more information please contact the Lexington Film League:

Kiley Lane, Sarah Wylie VanMeter, or Lucy Jones at

or call 213-663-6566 (Lucy Jones’ phone).

Send a high-resolution file (QuickTime preferred) or DVD to:

LFL Music Video Contest

c/o Sarah Wylie VanMeter

1113 North Limestone

Lexington, KY 40505

There is an $8 submission fee per video.

Lexington Film League – Lexington just got a little more interesting.


One World Film Festival, February – March 2010,  Lexington, Kentucky

Fly Over Film Festival,  Louisville Film Society – June 11-13th 2010, Louisville, Kentucky

All of these events and links will be posted at

Feb 242010

Free gathering at Natasha’s on Friday, February 26

By Kiley Lane of the Lexington Film League

On Friday, February 26, from 6-8 PM, the Lexington Film League will host the “Do-ers Video Screening and Event Ceremony” at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar in Lexington. The event is free and open to the public.

When asked what to expect from the event, LFL co-producer Sarah Wylie VanMeter stated, “We expect a big crowd at Natasha’s. The contest didn’t just reach a film public, it extended to organizations and their supporters, too. And, if the stream of People’s Choice award votes we’ve been getting since Feb 1 is any indication, those networks are huge.”

Do-ers and the community

The definition of what makes someone or something a “Do-er” is somewhat obscure.

When the Lexington Film League announced their “Do-ers Video Contest” in the fall of 2009, they coined a “do-er” as any person, organization or business doing something to make their community better or more interesting. This interpretation left a lot open to the imagination, but the end result is that the Lexington Film League now has 22 videos that exemplify just what a “do-er” is and can be.

Lucy Jones, the newest co-producer of the Lexington Film League, cited the contest as one of the reasons she joined LFL. “I didn’t join the group until the planning stage of the event was already underway,” Jones notes. “I must admit—learning about the contest was a strong incentive to join! I’m proud to be part of an organization that is not only interested in promoting filmmaking, but is motivated in exploring the power of film to uplift the community.”

One of the hardest aspects of filmmaking is learning how to tell a story that is not your own. Creating something that makes sense, believe it or not, is not as easy as it sounds. The leaders of the Lexington Film League feel that each filmmaker of the Do-ers Video Contest achieved emotion and understanding of his or her subject that went above and beyond any expectation.

For the last five months the Lexington Film League has put up posters in both Lexington and Louisville, sent emails and made phone calls to surrounding schools and non-profit organizations and even reached out to other organizations across the state. “The community response has been very large, and very positive. Large, because the videos feature (mostly) organizations, and for the most part those organizations that have a large networks of supporters. And positive, because these ‘do-ers’ often are completely under most people’s radars,” says co-producer VanMeter.

If you visit the Lexington Film League’s YouTube account where all of the videos are posted (youtube/user/lexingtonfilmleague), you will see everything from Lexington citizens expressing their love of art to an individual being art in Louisville’s 21c Museum/Hotel. You will learn about a high school boy who clears walkways and driveways for free and a man who reads in Cheapside Park aloud.

You will learn about the Americana Community Center in Louisville, Hospice of the Bluegrass and Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center. Perhaps you will become enthralled with an organization that empowers young girls, one that provides counseling services, those students feeding the homeless and a brick squad dedicated to helping the handicap.

Due to this diversity it was very difficult for LFL to choose the top 10 videos to be shown at Natasha’s. When asked if there were any surprises when watching the submissions, Jones responded by saying, “While I grew up in Kentucky, I have only recently returned here. So every aspect of the event has been a surprise. I am thrilled to know that there are so many incredible service organizations in the community, as well as individuals intent on making a difference. I am also thrilled to see the level of talent that exists in the filmmaking community.”

LFL and film communities

If LFL could have given a prize to each filmmaker and his or her prospective organization, we would have, but aside from the People’s Choice award, a $400 cash prize will go to the Best Overall, to be split between the nonprofit organization of the filmmaker’s choice. A Student Award has also recently been added. The Lexington Film League wants to thank Henry Clay High School’s Matthew Logsdon for motivating a number of his students to enter the contest; in part as a result of his efforts and interest, we created an award to recognize their efforts.

The Lexington Film League is dedicated to creating events to fit every genre and interest in film and filmmaking. We hope to bring both new and old interpretations to an amazing and attainable form of expression. We believe that by connecting Lexington audiences to filmmakers—and to a whole world of artists that make Lexington and Kentucky so artistically spontaneous—that we will help build on a community dedicated to the arts.

“LFL is important to Lexington because there are already lots of filmmakers here, and they need to be given opportunities to show what they’re doing. And because there are a lot of people who would like to try filmmaking, and they need to know they have community and support. There are also a lot of people who are just crazy about film, and they need ways to get their fix. We’re one more block that’s building the film community in Lexington and in Kentucky,” reflects VanMeter.

Please join the Lexington Film League at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar on Esplanade St. on Friday February 26th from 6 – 8 PM. Aside from a wonderful evening of “Do-ers” videos, we will also be announcing our next contest and big event, which will take place at the end of May.

We hope to see you there in support of not only LFL, but also the filmmakers and organizations who have shown that anyone can be a do-er—you just have to go out and DO something rather than choose to do nothing at all.

Feb 132010

On Friday, February 26, the Lexington Film League presents a night of “Do-ers” videos at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The evening will feature many of the short films submitted to the LFL Do-ers contest and celebrate the filmmakers who took the time to create a collection of inspiring and beautiful stories about different people and organizations within their community.

Voting for the winners of the contest has begun and will run through the day of the event. To vote, email LFL at and include the title of the video you would like to vote for. Continue reading »