Kentucky film going to Cannes

Unrequited, the feature film debut by Lexington-based director Jason Epperson and starring Twilight‘s Michael Welch, is headed to Cannes, France, and then Kentucky.

It will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival and Film Market on Thursday. It is not an official selection of the festival, but will be shown during Cannes and potentially be seen by influential people in the film industry.

Then, in June, it will have its official premiere in Lexington the week of June 14. Producer Jeff Day said the date is not settled because they are trying to coordinate schedules with Welch, co-star Sarah Habel and the Kentucky Theatre.

The movie, a suspense film about a young man who takes his ex-girlfriend hostage after his life falls apart, was filmed in Central Kentucky last summer. It was an independent production by Lucky Day Studios, co-owned by Asbury College assistant professor of communications Jeff Day and 13th District Commonwealth Attorney Tom Lockridge, with hopes to secure distribution after the film was finished.

The film has been picked up by Archlight Films, the distributor of films such as Crash, the 2006 Academy Award winner for best picture. Day says plans are to enter the movie in a number of film festivals before a general release.

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