CNN Films acquires ‘Sole Survivor,’ which includes Flight 5191 pilot

The Kentucky Theatre is becoming something of a launching pad for documentaries shown on CNN.

People arrive prior to a screening of Sole Survivor at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Ky., Thursday evening, July 18, 2013. Photo by Matt Goins.

People arrive prior to a screening of Sole Survivor at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Ky., Thursday evening, July 18, 2013. Photo by Matt Goins.

Friday afternoon, CNN Films announced it has acquired Sole Survivordirector Ky Dickens’ film about sole survivors of commercial airline crashes, which was screened at the Kentucky Theatre July 18. The film included the first public comments from James Polehinke, the co-pilot and sole survivor of Flight 5191, which crashed after takeoff from Bluegrass Airport on Aug. 27, 2006, killing 49 people.

The announcement came the day after another CNN acquisition, Our Nixon,  screened at the Kentucky, just a week before its CNN debut. The film, co-produced by University of Kentucky assistant law professor Brian L. Frye,  is made up of home movies by members of President Richard M. Nixon’s staff who later went to prison for their roles in the Watergate scandal. It will show at 9 p.m. Aug. 1 on CNN.

Sole Survivor will next be seen Saturday at the Traverse City Film Festival, and after theatrical release, will be shown on CNN in early 2014.

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