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.
Stu Pollard, film producer, writer, director and Louisville native, has been putting his faith in Louisville as a fabulous filmmaking locale for more than a decade. Pollard made his first feature film, “Nice Guys Sleep Alone,” in various locations around Louisville in 1998-99 and returned in 2004 to shoot “Keep Your Distance” starring Gil Bellows and Jennifer Westfeldt.
Pollard, who moved out to Hollywood to pursue a career in the film industry way before it was the hip thing to do, makes Louisville a frequent stop in his travels as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, for which he presents and lectures at dozens of festivals, universities and film organizations nationwide. His award-winning production company, Lunacy Unlimited, also keeps him coming back to his hometown on a regular basis.
Pollard was thrilled to participate in the third annual Flyover Film Festival and hosted an opening screening at the Speed Art Museum on Friday, June 10. The preview party was a sneak peek into the world of indie films and featured impromptu interviews with cast and crew, improv comedy short film sketches, mock commercials and documentary-style shorts, with a few music videos from Pollard’s upcoming debut album sprinkled in.
True to his commitment to the Louisville entertainment industry, Pollard’s projects featured an ensemble of very talented Louisville actors and production crew who kept the audience in stitches and on the edge of their seats.
And true to his commitment to having fun, a lovely and lively reception followed the screening.
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