Bluegrass Independent Film Festival

Festival returns
to new venue at Oldham 8

Oldham County Arts Association
expects larger crowd for second annual event

Staff Report

Bluegrass Independent Film Festival 2006 Cover

Bluegrass Independent
Film Festival Guide Cover

(September 2006) – The Oldham County Arts Association is proud to announce that the Great Escape Oldham 8 in La Grange, Ky., will be the exclusive host for this year’s Bluegrass Independent Film Festival. The films selected from more than 200 submissions by independent film makers around the world can now all be enjoyed in the comfort of Great Escape Oldham 8’s fully equipped theaters. 
The festival’s new director, Tamara Lee Fulkerson, a freelance make-up artist and the Kentucky Make-up Steward for I.A.T.S.E. 798 in New York, is leading this event, which is rapidly becoming one of the largest southern film festivals. 

Film Guide
with synopsis
of each film

The festival, which runs from Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10, is dedicated to the great filmmaker D.W. Griffith. Griffith, a native of Oldham County who was born in La Grange and buried in Centerfield, developed some of the earliest techniques in cinematography. Griffith, called “the father of film” by Charlie Chaplin, was one of Hollywood’s most innovative directors. 

Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 8
All events take place at the Great Escape Oldham 8 Theatre in La Grange, Ky., unless otherwise noted.
6 p.m.: Ribbon Cutting, Opening Remarks and Welcome Address by the festival director.
7 p.m.: Screenings begin
9 p.m. - 1 a.m.: “Meet the Filmmakers Party”
By invitation only. Public invited with paid “Friday or Weekend Pass.” Music by the Lawson Family. Catered by Westport General Store. Location: Yew Dell Gardens, 6220 Old La Grange Rd., Crestwood.
Saturday, Sept. 9
10 a.m.: Screenings begin.
10 a.m.: “Video 101: Lights, Camera, Action,” at the Oldham County Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg Rd., Crestwood. Cost: $5.
2:15 p.m.: Panel discussion – “Indie Filmmaking A to Z.”
9 p.m. - 1 a.m.: The Waldeck Mansion Party in Crestwood for VIPs, filmmakers, (pick up passes at check-in) and the public. Sponsored in part by Kentucky Bison, Maker’s Mark and Riverbend Winery. Music by “The Danny Flanigan Trio.” Catered North End Cafe. Requires advance paid ticket purchases at only $25 per person. (Must be over 21 years old) Limited number of tickets available!
Sunday, Sept. 10
10 a.m.: Screening begins.
4:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Closing party. Hosted by Irish Rover Too, 117 E. Main St., La Grange. By invitation only. Free admission to Oldham County Arts Association members. Music by Joe DeBow. Catered by Irish Rover Too.

Getting there:
Directions to Yew Dell Gardens: 6220 Old La Grange Rd., Crestwood, KY. (502) 241-4788.
From I-71 North: Take Exit 14 (Crestwood/Pewee Valley-Route 329) and turn right at the end of the ramp. Stay on the 329 Bypass, which is the four-lane road, to the first traffic light at Route 146-LaGrange Road. Proceed through the light and turn left immediately beyond the overpass onto Old LaGrange Road. Follow Old LaGrange Road for approximately half a mile to Yew Dell’s new gravel parking lot on the right, just past the industrial buildings.
From I-71 South: Take Exit 14 (Crestwood-Pewee Valley-Route 329) and turn left at the end of the ramp. Continue following the same directions as above, starting with “Stay on the 329 Bypass.”
Directions to Waldeck Mansion: 5900 W. Hwy. 22, Crestwood, KY. (502) 241-6550.
From I-71 North: Take Exit 14 (Crestwood/Pewee Valley;Route 329) and turn right at the end of the ramp. Stay on the 329 Bypass, which is the four-lane road, to the first traffic light at Route 146-LaGrange Road. Proceed through the light going to the stop sign at Hwy. 22. Turn right. Waldeck Mansion will be immediately on your left. From I-71 South: Take Exit 14 (Crestwood-Pewee Valley-Route 329) and turn left at the end of the ramp. Continue following the same directions as listed above, starting with “Stay on the 329 Bypass.”

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“We are very excited about the Oldham 8 venue, and believe La Grange is the ideal place for a film festival that brings fresh, independent and aspiring talent from across the globe,” Fulkerson said.
“Excellent! Entertaining! Thought-provoking! Moving! These are just a few of the adjectives I’ve used to describe the film festival,” lauded State Sen. Ernie Harris, an Oldham County resident.
Many thanks go to another Oldham County resident, famed three-time Kentucky Derby poster artist, Sonny Whittle, for creating the new logo for the 2006 Bluegrass Independent Film Festival.
Whittle has created three Derby posters in the past 20 years. His designs are among the top sellers in the history of the poster series. He jokingly said this is because “people like them.”
And the Oldham County Arts Association loves its new festival logo and would like to sincerely thank him for his creative contribution to this year’s festival.

Tamara Lee Fulkerson

Tamara Lee Fulkerson

The festival will showcase independent films from eight different categories: Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Comedies, Foreign, Animation-Claymation, Best Student Filmmaker and Best Regional Filmmaker.
Audiences will join a panel of judges to view and vote on the films and will also have the invaluable opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers and ask questions. 
The winners in each film category will receive cash awards and plaques. 

Sonny Whittle

Sonny Whittle

Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Great Escape Oldham 8, with opening remarks and introductions of special guests and filmmakers.
In addition to dozens of film screenings, festival attendees will have many opportunities to meet the filmmakers at the theater and also at several parties planned throughout the weekend.
The festival allows Oldham County to show off its beautiful rural settings as well as its southern hospitality. Social venues include Yew Dell Gardens and Waldeck Mansion in Crestwood, and Irish Rover Too in La Grange.
The Oldham County Arts Association, founded by a group of interested artists and supporters of the arts, is dedicated to bringing the arts to Oldham County.

General Information and Ticket Sales

One day ticket passes and weekend ticket passes can be purchased in advance through www.theatermania.com or by calling toll free 1-866-811-4111 or at the door. Tickets for individual film screenings are not available. The day pass is the minimum ticket for purchase.

$10 = Friday Day Pass; $10 = Sunday Day Pass
$15 = Saturday Day Pass; $25 = Weekend Pass
$25 = Waldeck Mansion Party

NO REFUNDS will be given for any reason after Sept. 6.
One day ticket passes and weekend ticket passes may be purchased in advance or at the door. (due to limited seating, advance ticket sales are recommended) for only $10 per person ($15 on Saturday) for each day's screening That's right, for only $10 ($15 on Saturday) you can watch films all day and evening.
A full weekend pass is available for only $25. This gives you unlimited access to all screening venues.
Your Friday evening ticket pass admits you into the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Opening Remarks, that evening's screenings, and the "Meet the Filmmakers Party." Maximum capacity of party is 175. Your Saturday ticket pass admits you into the film screenings all day long. Saturday night, the Waldeck Mansion Party (located at W. 5900 Hwy. 22, Crestwood) Reception for VIPs, filmmakers, and the public with advance paid ticket purchases at only $25 per person. (Must be over 21 years old).
There is a limited number of tickets available. Sunday's ticket pass admits you into the Awards Ceremony and film screenings. An Oldham County Arts Association member discount is available by entering special promotional code as shown in the Association’s newsletter.
Tickets available online or by calling toll free 1-866-811-4111. In person purchases go on sale beginning Sept. 8 at the door, subject to availability.


Yew Dell
Gardens Theater

"The Trouble with Dee Dee" 82m preceeded by "Rosa" 12m

"Light's Out" 16m followed by "Rumble in the Heartland" 62m
(est. end 10:10 p.m.)

"They Are Still There" 52m followed by "Jungle Remedy" 40m

"The Garage" 94m

"The Uniform Motion of Folly" 96m

Foreign Package #1 64m
"29 Reasons to Run" 99m

Shorts Package #4 91m
"Sixes and a One Eyed King" 100m
(est. end 9:40 p.m.)

"It's Happiness:a Polka Documentary" 80m

"Rigoletto…in Bluegrass" 60m

"Expiration Date" 94m
(est. end 2:25 p.m.)

Hoot Gibson Theater

7:05 p.m. "Refuseniks" 56m preceeded by "Valour" 18m and "Un-natural State" 9m

8:45 Shorts Package #1 42m
(est. end 9:30 p.m.)

10:00 a.m. "The Bonnie Situation" 109m

12:05 "Self Medicated" 104m

2:15 Panel Discussion
"Indie Filmmaking from A to Z"
(ends 3:45 p.m.)

4:00 Shorts Package #2 70m

5:25 "Red Thread" 107m

7:30 Shorts Package #3 81m

9:05 "Souvenir" 80m
(est. end 10:25 p.m.)

a.m. "Honeymoon" 117m

12:15 "Cinematorture" 26m followed by "Geoffrey Bagel" 45m

1:40 Shorts Package #5 84m
(est. end 3:05 p.m.)

D. W. Griffith Theater

Animation Package 54m followed by
"The Adventures of Mad Matt" 27m

8:50 "Dairy Cow" 11m followed by
"Cowboys of Florida" 36m
est. end 9:35pm

"Spiritual Journey" 37m followed by
"Road to Hunter" 29m

11:25 "Sawyerville" 62m

12:50 "Street Witness" 46m followed by
"By The Wayside" 57m

2:50 "Friendly Fire" 80m

4:25 "Between Iraq and a Hard Place" 75m

5:55 "Rommel and the Plot Against Hitler" 62m

7:15 "King Leopold's Ghost" 108m

9:20 "Firefly" 104m
est. end 11:05pm

"Knocking" 65m

11:20 "Room 314" 100m

1:15 "Riverboat Dreams" 58m
est. end 2:15pm


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