Lexington fencing documentary premieres Thursday

Amgad Khazbak and fencer Lee Kiefer in a scene from 'The People in the Room.' Images courtesy of Sean Anderson.

Amgad Khazbak (black, in foreground) and Olympic fencer Lee Kiefer (white shirt, red shorts) in a scene from ‘The People in the Room.’ Image courtesy of Sean Anderson.

Lexington filmmaker Sean Anderson has worked on films and productions for PBS, Starz, ABC News, CBS Sports and other national and international outlets. For his latest project, the filmmaker fixed his attention on a small Lexington fencing club and its well-traveled director.

The People in the Room: One year with a small fencing club focuses on the Bluegrass Fencers’ Club of Lexington and its director, Amgad Khazbak, who once coached the foil team in his native Egypt and the U.S. women’s foil team in the 2012 London Olympics. The film covers the gamut of experiences for the group, from beginners to an Olympian. While it is about fencing, Anderson says the themes are universally applicable to a variety of endeavors. The film premieres at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Farish Theater at the Central Library.

Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s in documentary film production from Stanford University.He has made several other documentaries that have been shown around the area and on Kentucky Educational Television, including … damn bad oyster: The Times of William Goebel, governor (2008) and Rock That Uke (2003), which was far ahead of the ukulele craze (may be a slight exaggeration) of the last few years.

Following the premiere, Anderson is seeking distribution for the film and to enter it into festival competition. He does anticipate further Kentucky showings of the film.

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