Flyover Film Festival prepares for take-off with pre-flight reception tonight

Louisville, KY., – The public is invited to celebrate local filmmaking with the Louisville Film Society and 21c Museum Hotel at a Pre-Flight Reception on Tuesday, July 17 in honor of the 10th annual Flyover Film Festival. The party will take place in the Atrium of the hotel from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. where guests will enjoy learning more about the eight films tied to Kentucky that will be screened during Flyover, Sunday July 22 – Friday July 27. Soozie Eastman, Executive Director of LFS, said “Our Pre-Flight event gives film lovers the opportunity to meet and mingle with many of the Kentucky filmmakers involved in creating these films including directors, cast and crew as well as check out teasers from the upcoming screenings that will take place at The Speed Cinema and The Brown Theatre.”


Merry-Kay Poe, Chairman of the Kentucky Film Commission, believes this year’s lineup at Flyover is indicative of the strength of the industry in Kentucky. “Better Start Running (Whipp Smart Productions, London Pacific Finance), which was filmed primarily in Louisville (under the name Monumental), created many jobs for Kentucky filmmakers and generated revenue for local businesses and the state. Smaller independent productions like City of Ali and In Our Bones celebrate the talent, creativity and spirit of our many filmmakers and artists from the Bluegrass. These smaller films also provide an opportunity for workforce training as Kentucky continues to expand its experienced crew base.”

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In addition to the opportunity to meet filmmakers, guests will enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks (while they last) including a special Flyover Cocktail created with Tito’s vodka, hibiscus, ginger and mescal smoke as well as Francis Ford Coppola cabernet and chardonnay wines. The complimentary drinks are provided by Republic National Distributing Company along with Tito’s Vodka and Francis Ford Coppola Wines.


The schedule of the 2018 Flyover Film Festival is:


Sunday, July 22, Speed Cinema

5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of Science Fair followed by Q&A with special guests connected to this 2018 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winning film.

Tickets: $7 LFS members,  $9 general admission.


Website of film:

Social Media: @sciencefairfilm


Monday, July 23,  Speed Cinema

6:00 p.m. (sold out) & 8:00 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of The Gardener followed by Q&A with Paul Campiello, Executive Director of Yew Dell Gardens, which is a member program of The Garden Conservancy founded by Frank Cabot.

Tickets:  $7 LFS members, $9 general admission.


Website of film:

Website of trailer:

Social Media:


Tuesday July 24, Speed Cinema

6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. World Premiere of In Our Bones followed by Q&A with Director Alex Kimura, her sister Sam Kimura and friend Taylor Shorten who travelled cross country to sign up bone marrow donors in hopes of finding one for Sam.

Tickets: $7 LFS members, $9 general admission.


Website of film and trailer:

Social Media: @inourbonesfilm


Wednesday July 25, Speed Cinema

6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Double Feature. World Premiere of City of Ali celebrating our city’s farewell to The Greatest as the world’s attention turned to Louisville and our community welcomed reporters, celebrities, heads of state and Ali fans from around the globe; and Kentucky Premiere of Symphony for Nature, featuring Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams conducting 130 musicians at Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park in 2016 performing the world premiere of Natural History commissioned in honor of the centennial of America’s National Park Service. Followed by Q&A with Directors Anne Flatté (Symphony of Nature) and Graham Shelby (City of Ali).

Tickets: $7 LFS members, $9 general admission.


Website of film:

Website of trailer:

Social media: #SymphonyforNature

Thursday July 26, Speed Cinema

6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Double Feature. Kentucky premieres of short documentary Ditch the Van featuring local activist and musician Ben Sollee as he straps his cello on his Xtracycle cargo bike and embarks on a five-year, 5,000 mile journey; and, The Human Element that follows renowned environmental photographer James Balog, including scenes shot in Pikeville, Kentucky, as he reveals how changes in the elements are affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Q&A with Ben Sollee (Ditch the Van) and Director Matthew Testa by Skype (The Human Element).

Tickets:  $7 LFS members, $9 general admission.


Website of film:

Social media: @bensollee


Website of film:

Social media: @thehumanelementmovie


Friday July 28, The Brown Theatre

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of Better Start Running, a full length action comedy feature filmed in Louisville, Kentucky starring Jeremy Irons, Analeigh Tipton and Maria Bello. An eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family as they take a wild journey in the name of love while on the run from an overzealous FBI duo who wants them dead or alive – preferably dead. Followed by Q&A with Director Brett Simon, writer Annie Burgested and Producer Dawn Bierschwal.

Tickets $7 LFS members. $9 general admission.


Website of film:

Website of trailer:

Social media: @betterstartrunningmovie, @bsrmovie (Twitter)


More information on each of the films can be found at


In addition to the Pre-Flight Reception, a closing night After-Party will be held on Friday, July 27 following the screening of Better Start Running in the lobby of The Brown Theatre for all FFF filmmakers, audience members, sponsors and general public. Eastman said “We expect a lot of filmmakers from Kentucky who worked on the films to attend along with the general public. It’s always a lot of fun to get together and celebrate how far the industry has come in Kentucky in addition to seeing many of the gems it has produced.” Admission to the After-Party is free. Cash bar and affordable bites available for purchase.


Co-presenters of the Flyover Film Festival are The Speed Cinema and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsors of the 2018 Flyover Film Festival to date include: 21c Museum Hotel, 180 Degrees, Actors Center for Training, Aloft Hotels, Frances Coppola Wines, Helen Wells Agency, Heyman Talent, lunacy unlimited, Planet Fitness, Rabbit Hole Distilling, Republic National Distributing Company, sonaBLAST, SunTan City, Tafel Flying and Tito’s Vodka.


For more information or to schedule an interview with filmmakers, please contact Nancy Tafel at (502) 593-1243 or Soozie Eastman at (502) 819-4139.


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