Category: Around Town
The third annual Flyover Film Festival flew into town recently, bringing with it many new, provocative and exciting films, shorts, music videos and programs. While this may not be Park City, Utah (Sundance), Telluride, Colo., and especially not Cannes, France, the Derby City has been gaining huge momentum in the eyes of the international world of independent film.
“Stem cells may stave off transplant rejection”, “U of L researcher may hold key for a cure for sickle cell disease”, “Stem cells hold promise in treating retinal degeneration”, these are some of the headlines generated by research funded and supported primarily through the National Stem Cell Foundation, which was established in 2005 to provide major support to a partnership between University of Louisville’s Institute for Cellular Therapeutics and Duke and Northwestern universities.
A few weeks ago during a Leadership Louisville seminar, I attended a breakout session given by Scott Martin, director of 21st Century Parks. Martin, who was recruited by 21st Century Parks in 2010, has 14 years of public parks experience, most recently as operations director of the parks and recreational waterway system of Franklin County, Va.
Last Saturday morning, more than a thousand people gathered at Slugger Field for “The Walk of the Dimes,” a 2.5 mile walk across the Clark Memorial Bridge and back. While an enjoyable stroll across the river, the walk raised money and awareness for March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.
Derby week has come and gone, leaving many of us with fun memories, some great pics and in my case, a slight case of well-earned exhaustion. Whether working or playing, most Louisvillians will concede that the week preceding the first Saturday in May is one of the most glamorous and demanding of the year.