Lexington 12-year-old guides film to Louisville fest


It took 12-year-old executive producer and storyteller Nicholas Skidmore and a drone to get the short film Sargento’s Saddle into competition at Louisville’s 48 Hour Film Project.

The 5-minute noir drama was shot in Louisville, Georgetown and Lexington and included footage of Lexington’s Calvary Baptist Church shot with a drone-mounted camera. It’s the story, according to a trailer, of a wealthy horse farm owner “whose life goes on a journey of twists and turns.”

Skidmore conceived the story, co-wrote the script and assembled the team of 26 adults, including director Samantha Hack, to write, shoot, edit and submit the entire film in 48s from 7:30 p.m. July 25 to 7:30 p.m. July 27 on the last weekend in July. According to the rules of the 48 Hour Film Project, filmmakers were required to use a character (a professional athlete named Lefty Ellsworth), a prop (a slice of pizza), a line of dialogue (“How was I to know?”) and a genre (film noir) in their film to ensure that it was made within the time period.

Sargento’s Saddle will be screened in a group of films at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 at the Village 8 Theaters in Louisville. There are 30 films in competition. The winning entry will go on to Filmapalooza, the nationwide 48 Hour Film Project finale, with the winning film receiving $6,000 and the top 15 films eligible to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Drone operator J.D. Wright, actress Sally Evans and writer-producer Nicholas Skidmore outside Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, during the "Sargento's Saddle" shoot for the Louisville 48 Hour Film Project. Photo by Jason Matlack.

Drone operator J.D. Wright, actress Sally Evans and writer-producer Nicholas
Skidmore outside Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, during the “Sargento’s Saddle” shoot for the Louisville 48 Hour Film Project. Photo by Jason Matlack.

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