IMPACT awarded $40K grant from KY State Police

We are excited to announce that our film project just received a $40,000 federal grant from the 2011 Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program. Awarded through the Kentucky State Police, the grant allows us to begin shooting this powerful film later this summer. We have a bit more fundraising to do, but combined with private donations, we now have half our entire budget raised!

Documentary Shows Parallels Between Kentucky, American History

Via WUKY

LEXINGTON, KY. (WUKY) – A new documentary premieres on KET this week, focusing on how the land of Kentucky shaped the Commonwealth’s history and how those stories reflect the history of the country.

Historian Daniel Blake Smith produced Kentucky–An American Story. The film includes stories about Daniel Boone and the Cumberland Gap, horse farms, and coal.

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KET Premieres New Documentary on Kentucky History

Via UKNow

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2011) – If you understand Kentucky history, you understand American history, according to former University of Kentucky history Professor Daniel Blake Smith.

“If the nation is a body, then Kentucky is the heart,” Smith said, quoting Kentucky poet Jesse Stuart. “Through issues such as industrialization and land use, the country can learn a lot from Kentucky’s past.”

Narrated by film star Ashley Judd, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner and written and produced by Smith, “Kentucky—An American Story” is a provocative and entertaining documentary about the revealing connections between Kentucky’s and America’s past. The film premieres at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 24, on Kentucky Educational Television.

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