Louisville soon will transform into Tinseltown as celebrities, producers and the film-industry’s finest head to the city for Louisville’s International Festival of Film, which will be held Oct. 5-9.
Kicking off the festival will be Emmy, Tony and Grammy award-wining actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin. Though it’s her first trip to the film festival, it’s not her first time in Kentucky. She’s traveled here quite a few times while visiting her parents, who are from Paducah, Ky.
“I like Kentucky just because it’s such a big part of my life,” Tomlin said. “Louisville’s a great town. I’ve been there countless times. (This year) I’ll be putting my hands in cement as sort of an adopted daughter of Kentucky.”
Tomlin will be honored at the Legends of Fame, a Louisville-version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Galt House, the host hotel of LIFF. She will sign and date her handprints and footprints outside the hotel as the first recipient of the honor. She’ll also open the festival at The Brown Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, with a performance of her one-woman show.
In addition to Tomlin’s appearance, former “Saturday Night Live” cast members Chris Kattan and Horatio Sanz will appear at The Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater to premiere their film, “Hollywood & Wine.” Bob Bergen, voice of Porky Pig and a long list of characters and voices in film and TV, also will come in town to host a seminar on the do’s and don’ts of voice-over acting.
“The seminar that I’m doing is on the business of the business,” Bergen said. “The biggest mistake (for voice-over actors) is thinking that I’m going to go into voice-over because everybody says I’ve got a great voice. There’s no such thing as a great voice. There’s no such thing as a bad voice. There are only good actors and bad actors.”
In addition to Bergen’s seminar on voice-overs, the festival also will offer seminars on acting, film distribution and finance, micro-budget film-making and developing a film pitch, which will be conducted by LIFF founder Conrad Bachmann.
As a native of Kentucky, Bachmann brought the festival to Louisville in 2009 after attending the Bluegrass Film Festival in Goshen, Ky.
“I have a specific goal in mind for the festival, which will catapult it out to where we’ll start getting major studios and major films in (Louisville),” Bachmann said. “I have a five-year program. We’ve accelerated so much this year that next year’s going to be even bigger and the fifth year’s going to be even bigger.”
This year, the film festival will show more than 100 films in various locations in Louisville including the Galt House, The Kentucky Center, the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum. Most of the films will be screened on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, and a full schedule is available online at www.louisvillefilmfestival.org.
The festival is committed to screening artistic films that aren’t typically shown in commercial venues in order to give independent filmmakers a platform to showcase their work.
Films will be divided into five categories: documentary feature, documentary short, feature, short and “on the edge.” Winners will be chosen for each category and awarded a commemorative Louisville Slugger bat.
The festival isn’t just bringing a slew of films and celebrities to Louisville, though. It also will bring in funding for the Louisville Film Arts Institute, which has partnered with Jefferson County Public Schools to form the Communications Magnet Program for students interested in film production.
“We’re connected with the Jefferson County school system. We have Fern Creek, Ballard and Pleasure Ridge Park, of which we try to benefit those kids,” Bachmann said. “Last year we had AVID editing systems contributed to the schools and the Final Draft writing program. And, this year, we’re launching the Kentucky Youth Film Festival in conjunction to LIFF.”
Bachmann’s hope is that LIFF will achieve the status of the Tribeca, Toronto, and Sundance film festivals in the future.
“We keep adding solid ingredients into the festival to expand it bigger and bigger,” Bachmann said. “My goal is to make Louisville a destination city and Kentucky a destination Commonwealth. It’s my legacy I’m giving back to my hometown.”
The film festival will be held Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 5-9. Tickets range from $10 to $150. For tickets and information, visit www.louisvillefilmfestival.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Louisville Film Arts Institute Presents Lily Tomlin at The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$55; meet and greet, $125.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Presentation of awards for the inaugural Kentucky Youth Film Festival at Louisville Slugger Museum. The event is free and will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7
- Film screenings all day at the Galt House and other venues.
- Red carpet screening of “Hollywood & Wine,” starring Chris Kattan, Chazz Palminteri, Horatio Sanz, and Norm McDonald at 8 p.m. at the Bomhard Theater. Cost is $12.75. Q&A session with director Matt Berman, Chris Kattan, and Horatio Sanz will follow.
Saturday, Oct. 8
- Film screenings all day at the Galt House and other venues.
- “Speaking of Voice-over!” seminar with Bob Bergen at Actor’s Theatre from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The seminar on the do’s and don’ts for voice-over actors. Tickets: $15.
Sunday, Oct. 9
LIFF Awards Presentation at the Galt House. Winners will receive awards designed by Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger), in the following categories: Feature Film, Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short and On-the-Edge Film. An award for Fan Favorite will also be given.
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