It’s summer. It’s blockbuster season. But along with the superheroes and CGI, Lexington is getting several smaller films of local interest in the coming weeks, for one-night only showings.
Gatewood: Louisville native and Los Angeles-based filmmaker Chris Iovenko’s documentary follows the late Gatewood Galbraith through his ill-fated 1995 campaign for governor. Galbraith ran for governor as a Democrat or independent five times between 1991 and his death in 2012, and the film shows the unique character of Galbraith as well as the challenges of being an outsider candidate. There are also appearances by Willie Nelson and a very young-looking Ben Chandler. Iovenko will be at the screening and take questions. 9 p.m. June 14, Natasha’s Bistro and Bar. Free.
Red River Moon: Writer and director Bruce Barnett wrote the screenplay for Red River Moon inspired by the idea of shooting against one of Kentucky’s iconic backdrops, Red River Gorge. The film about getting lost in the Appalachian Wilderness was shot in 2010 with School for the Creative and Performing Arts students Virginia Newsome, now a SCAPA graduate, and Maizie Barrett, now a seventh grader, in leading roles along with Frankfort actor Nat Colten. Kentucky musicians Carla Gover, Tripp Bratton, John Rose, Jesse Wells, Don Rogers, Jeri Howell, Bret Ratliff, and others contributed to the score. The world premiere screening is at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Kentucky Theater.
Sole Survivor: Chicago-based filmmaker Ky Dickens’ documentary looks at the stories of some of the 14 people in the world who are sole survivors of commercial airline crashes. Jim Polehinke, the sole survivor of the August 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Bluegrass Airport, holds a unique place in the film as the only pilot and only survivor with significant injuries from his crash — he lost the use of his legs, and one was amputated at the knee. He also has had to live with the National Transportation Safety Board investigation that said the crash, which killed 49 people, was a result of pilot error. Sole Survivor is the first time Polehinke and his wife, Ida, have spoken publicly about the crash. Click here to read more about the film. The Lexington premiere is at 7 p.m. July 18 at the Kentucky Theater. Admission is $9, and proceeds will be donated to “various foundations to support the visions and philanthropy of 5191 victims’ families,” according to the film’s Facebook page.