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 »

Nov 242010

By Mary Ashley Burton

It would be difficult to argue that women receive equal representation to men within the film industry. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, women comprised only 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working in the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2009. This marked a 3% decline from 2001. Women accounted for only 7% of film directors in 2009, which was a 2% decline from 2008. Continue reading »

Oct 132010

Questions from midwest filmmakers; answers from Hollywood

By Mary Ashley Burton

The Kentucky Film Lab (KFL), now in its seventh year, has become a reliable resource for networking, workshops and face-to-face interactions with names whose fame go far beyond the borders of Kentucky.

The KFL’s 2010 Fall Studio, held on October 2nd at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, did not disappoint on any of these fronts. The main attraction at the event was the chance to meet Jon Landau, the producer of (among other films) Titanic and Avatar. Continue reading »