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2018 FLYOVER FILM FESTIVAL

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Sunday, July 22 @ 5pm & 7pm

SCIENCE FAIR

Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky, ” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends,” National Geographic Documentary Films’ Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks, and of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at the international science fair. Facing off against 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries, only one will be named Best in Fair.  The film, from Fusion Media and directed by the DuPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science. Several of the film’s subjects are from Louisville and their school DuPont Manual is featured in the film. Directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster.

90 minutes, World Premier 2017 Sundance Film Festival (Audience Award).  Additional screenings include SXSW and Sun Valley Film Festival.

View the trailer here

Location: Speed Cinema

Q&A with special guests to follow screenings. 

Co-presented with the Speed Cinema.   $9 general/$7 LFS & Speed members

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Monday, July 23 @ 6pm & 8p

The gardener

This documentary directed by Sébastien Chabot reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impacts on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever in 2009. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the world's foremost private gardens. Created over 75 years and three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the film looks back at this remarkable man's personal story and the artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world.

Frank Cabot’s daughter Marianne Cabot Welch and her husband Jim Welch of Prospect, Kentucky now spend many months in Canada managing Les Quatre Vents.

Yew Dell Gardens in Goshen is one of the Garden Conservancy 14 preservation gardens founded by Frank Cabot in 1989 to help preserve and restore America’s most treasured gardens.

78 minutes      View the trailer here

Location: Speed Cinema

Q&A with special guests to follow screenings. 

Co-presented with the Speed Cinema.   $9 general/$7 LFS & Speed members

THE GARDENER - 6p
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Tuesday, July 24 @ 6pm & 8p

IN our bones

In her first documentary feature, Louisville director Alex Kimura takes us on an inspiring tale of Sam, a young woman from Louisville with terminal bone marrow disease who decides to try to find a donor match by going on a road trip around America with her sister and best friend.  This film gives a raw look at life on the road, with the beauty of its freedom and its ugly loneliness where a young woman must grapple with her mortality and attempt to shake off the label of "patient" that was thrust upon her to discover who she wants to be in whatever time she has left.  You meet a big sister whose guilt paves her road to redemption and you witness the evolving relationships between two sisters and their best friend as they travel around the U.S. with a mission that threatens to break them, while knowing that their success or failure means life or death.

Sam’s crusade to find a hero for herself and for other patients needing transplants forces her to confront her mortality, uncover her family’s secrets, and get out of the passenger seat of her own life. This film challenges detrimental misconceptions about bone marrow donation, cracks open long buried secrets, and poses the question, "is any of it worth it"? It's personal, it's unsettling, it's inspiring, and it's a front row seat to a 50 state adventure that blossomed out of a deeper calling to find heroes. It's In Our Bones.

In addition to the film subject and director being from Louisville, local musician Ben Sollee contributed a song and Gill Holland is the Executive Producer. The film was also funded by two local non-profits, Sharing America’s Marrow and National Stem Cell Foundation.

73 minutes      View the trailer here

Location: Speed Cinema

Q&A with Director Alex Kimura to follow screenings. 

Co-presented with the Speed Cinema.   $9 general/$7 LFS & Speed members

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Wednesday, July 25 @ 6pm & 8pm

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Symphony for Nature, 27 minutes

Director Anne Flatté takes a behind-the-scenes look of how classical musicians joined drummers of the Klamath tribes for an extraordinary musical experience, inspired by and performed at the edge of Oregon’s spectacular Crater Lake, known as “giiwas” to Klamath people.  In 2016, the Britt Music & Arts Festival brought more than 130 musicians to Crater Lake National Park to perform the world premiere of a bold new orchestral work -- “Natural History” composed by Michael Gordon and conducted by Teddy Abrams.  The powerful, organic score, commissioned in honor of the centennial of America’s National Park Service, celebrates Crater Lake’s natural wonders and the communities that surround it, giving voice to this unique body of water.  Evoking the dynamic interaction between people, nature and art, ‘Symphony for Nature’ takes audiences on a multifaceted journey through the sound, vision and spirit of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Produced by Owsley Brown, who hails from Louisville, Symphony of Nature features conductor Teddy Abrams who is music director of both the Britt Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra.  Director of Photography Stephen Kertis traveled to Oregon with the crew from Louisville-based Kertis Creative for the production.

Previous festival screenings: 2018 Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2018 Broadcast on select PBS stations, nominated for two regional Emmy Awards: Best Cultural Documentary and Best Musical Composition/Arrangement.

View the trailer here

City of Ali38 minutes

In a time of racial, religious and political unrest, the passing of Muhammad Ali brought the people of Louisville and the world together for one unforgettable week. Between Muhammad Ali’s passing on June 3, 2016 and his burial in Cave Hill Cemetery seven days later, the world’s attention turned to Louisville and our city welcomed reporters, celebrities, heads of state and Ali fans from around the globe.  Tributes sprang up overnight and the city’s mood shifted from mourning to celebration of The Champ’s legacy for his hometown, America and the world.  City of Ali, directed by Graham Shelby, is a Louisville-produced documentary that tells the story of that globally historic week from a uniquely Louisville perspective and includes candid interviews with Lonnie Ali, Mayor Fischer, and many others.

World Premiere 2018 Flyover Film Festival.

Location: Speed Cinema

Symphony for Nature and City of Ali will be followed by a Q&A with Directors Anne Flatté and Graham Shelby.

Co-presented with the Speed Cinema.   $9 general/$7 LFS & Speed members


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Thursday, July 26 @ 6pm & 8pm

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Ditch the Van, 10 minutes

Directed by Kentucky filmmaker Mallory Cunningham, this documentary short follows cellist, singer-songwriter, political activist and fellow Kentuckian Ben Sollee who, after spending a lot of time on whirlwind tours, flying over and driving through America’s towns and cities decided to ditch his van. Becoming burnt out with his health suffering, he bought an Xtracycle cargo bike, strapped his cello to it and set off on a five-year, 5000-mile journey.  His Ditch the Van Tour brings hardships, like broken wheels, tornadoes, unfriendly motorists, and takes twice as long for half the money as a traditional tour.  But it also offers meaningful experiences and a more human pace of life in a frantic world, allowing Sollee time to ponder the big questions, such as: What is worth sacrificing?  And what story is he trying to tell?

Other festival screenings Mountainfilm (New Normal Award), EarthX Film Festival (Audience Choice Award), Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Inspire Film Festival, Beyond the Page, Kendal Mountain Festival.

The Human Element, 78 minutes

In this documentary director Matthew Testa explores how we humans are an elemental force of nature. As our activities alter the other elements—earth, air, water, and fire—those elements are changing us.  In this riveting drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) as he reveals how changes in the elements are affecting the lives of everyday Americans.

The story carries us to raging wildfires, hurricanes, and rising seas. We meet children whose health is affected by our altered air supply. Scientists from a wide range of disciplines describe the underlying physical processes. And, through Balog’s ancestors including scenes and interviews shot in Pikeville, Kentucky, we see coal mining in a new light and discover an uplifting story of coal miners who have turned into renewable energy developers.  The Human Element tells an urgent story that gives inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

Previous festival screenings: San Francisco International, Newport Beach (Audience Award winner), EarthX Film Festival (Impact Award winner).

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Location: Speed Cinema

Q&A with special guests to follow screenings. 

Co-presented with the Speed Cinema.   $9 general/$7 LFS & Speed members


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Friday, July 27 @ 7:00pm

Better start running

Directed by Brett Simon, this full length action comedy drama was filmed in Kentucky.  An unexpected series of events turns everyday store clerk Harley (Alex Sharp] into a wanted man and even more unexpectedly, he finds himself on the run with the girl of his dreams [Analeigh Tipton].  FBI Agent McFadden [Maria Bello] is determined to crush him and wants to teach her rookie partner [Karan Soni] how it’s done.  But while the agents pursue their culprit, our hero has loftier pursuits.  He kidnaps his Vietnam vet grandfather [Jeremy Irons] to reunite him with the love of his life, picks up a try-hard beatnik hitchhiker [Edi Gathegi] with a secret of his own, and against all common sense follows a roadside attractions map with a mysterious history.  As the agents get closer and closer with every stop, this eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family, because sometimes a running start can be a better start.

World Premiere 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival.

92 minutes    View the trailer here

Location: Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater

Q&A with special guests to follow screening.

Following the Q&A, there will be an After-Party for all Flyover filmmakers, audience members, sponsors and the general public in the lobby of the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Cash bar and affordable bites available for purchase.

Co-presented with the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts.


*FREE AND OPEN TO THE* PUBLIC

Friday, July 27 @ 9:00pm

FLYOVER FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

Following the Kentucky Premiere of BETTER START RUNNING, there will be an After-Party for all Flyover filmmakers, audience members, sponsors and the general public in the lobby of the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Cash bar and affordable bites available for purchase.