Southern Kentucky Film Commission

Edmonson News

Kentucky’s blossoming film industry may hit a dry spell. The state has halted consideration of new projects for a program that gives tax incentives to filmmakers working in Kentucky.

Some communities are welcoming film crews with excitement and local services, while others say the incentive is a giveaway the state cannot afford.

A spokesman for the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says the state stopped accepting applications on Feb. 1 for new projects seeking film industry tax credits.


American Cinema International

The Los Angeles-based company American Cinema International is increasing its production in Kentucky. The first project filmed mostly in Hart County was a Hallmark movie called “An Uncommon Grace,” which aired in February 2017.

The second project launches a three-part mini-series called “Runaway Romance.” It was filmed in Glasgow, Horse Cave, Cave City and Munfordville and will air on Jan.7 on UP-TV, a small network for family-oriented movies. 

George Shamieh is CEO of American Cinema International. He said the assistance he’s been getting from the Southern Kentucky Film Commission and its founder, Hart County Judge Executive Terry Martin, keeps him coming back. Shamieh said one example of that assistance is a day when they were filming in a cave.

Crews began filming a movie called “Prayer Box” in Edmonson County this week. It’s one of several productions lured to the region since the creation of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission in October 2016 by the Hart County Fiscal Court.

Rhonda Clemmons is executive director of the Edmonson County Tourism Commission and a board member of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission. She said there’s a lot of activity being generated by film.

American Cinema International

Production of the second movie done in collaboration with the Southern Kentucky Film Commission is taking place during June in Hart and Barren counties.

The movie "Runaway Romance" is the story of a girl from Los Angeles whose car breaks down in Kentucky.

The filming at locations in Munfordville, Horse Cave and Glasgow has brought 65 actors and crew who will be in the area until June 29.

Chevonne O’Shaughnessy is executive producer of "Runaway Romance." She says the region has “the look” needed for the film, along with other advantages.