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Clifton Center in Louisville, Kentucky

The Upcoming Derby City Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky is gearing up to be a big year, especially for local filmmakers. This year’s film festival includes 20 films from Kentucky filmmakers and 10 more from Indiana & Ohio.

The latest press release from the festival follows below.

Gritty crime dramas, quirky love stories, clay-mation sci-fi and stirring documentaries are just some of the themes being offered from films by Kentucky filmmakers at this year’s Derby City Film Festival.

In all 20 films from Kentucky filmmakers and 10 from Indiana & Ohio will be screened during the festival, which takes place February 18th through the 20th at the Clifton Center. Two more films are from filmmakers with ties to Kentucky, both documentaries. One, “Figaro: Living in the Moment of a Character” by D.V. Schaefer, focuses on a collaboration of the opera “Figaro” between the University of Louisville School of Music and the Szymanowski Academy of Music in Poland. The other, “Our House” from Greg King and David Teague, deals with an illegal squat house designed to be an alternative to New York City’s impersonal homeless shelter system. Greg King is a native of Louisville. Both films screen on Saturday February 19th.

The festival opens with a group of short films from The Bob Rogers Group, a Louisville based production company and features seven films from four Kentucky filmmakers; Kristofer Rommel, Jacob Goldberg, Jake Snider and Steven Matthews. The screening group is at 6:00 PM on February 18th and is free to attend. Two more Kentucky films follow on Friday night; “The Very Worst Thing” from Georgetown filmmakers Michael Crisp and Andrew Moore, and “Hell is Full” from Dawson Springs filmmaker Steve Hudgens. “The Very Worst Thing” is a documentary about a 1958 bus crash in Floyd County and “Hell is Full” is narrative feature film about what happens…when Hell is full. Both films are finalists in their respective categories.

Three more Kentucky narrative feature films screen Saturday, two of which were shot in downtown Louisville. “Mountain Mafia” from Lexington filmmaker Cherokee Hall plays Saturday afternoon and “Almost Nothing Good Happens” and “Queens of the Dead” screen Saturday night.

“Almost Nothing Good Happens” is from New Albany filmmaker Tom Whitus, who’s last film “Sam Steel and the Junior Detective Agency” was a 2010 DCFF selection. “Queens of the Dead” is from Louisville filmmaker Ray Cart. Both films were shot in Downtown Louisville, feature a local cast and are World Premieres. Prior to the screening of “Almost Nothing Good Happens” will be a special screening of Louisville filmmaker Archie Borders latest film “Turnaround”.

On Sunday at 1:00 PM there is a “Kentucky Short Film” program which features six films from Kentucky filmmakers and one that was produced in Owensboro by California filmmaker Lee Goldberg who has written numerous television programs, including “Monk”. The other films being screened come from Simpsonville, Louisville, Somerset and Lexington.

The festival closes on Sunday February 20th with the film “Hitting the Nuts” from Cincinnati filmmaker Joe Boyd, which is a mockumentary about the “true” story of the 2009 Scott County, Indiana Poker Championship. Other films from Ohio and screening during the festival include the short films “<3 (Heart)”, “Bubbly” and “Meth”, all of which are from Cincinnati, and the feature film “Demons Rising” from Columbus.

Additional films from Indiana include the short films “The Mercy Seat” and “Crux” from New Albany Filmmaker Jared Hardy, “Bots” from Mary Pollio of Sellersburg, and the feature film “Tow” from Indianapolis filmmaker Adam Newell. In all 68 films from five countries will be screened during the 2011 Derby City Film Festival.

Full film information on all the films which  screen during the festival is available on the festival website. The festival also includes panels, workshops, and filmmaker Q&A’s, which take place throughout the weekend. Tickets and passes are now on-sale on-line and start at $6.00.

The 2011 Derby City Film Festival runs February 18th – 20th at the Clifton Center in Louisville, Kentucky. More information on the upcoming festival can be found at the festival website: or by calling the DCFF office at 502-618-3192

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