Southern Tour of Independent Filmmakers
Hart/Lunsford Pictures took the lead as title sponsor, with the Kentucky Center for the Arts, for the inaugural series of independent films shown at the Center during the 2007-08 season and signed on again, with an increased level of sponsorship, for the second season in 2008-09. The films selected for this series, called the "Southern Tour of Independent Filmmakers" and produced by the Southern Arts Federation, cover the gamut of independent film, from highly original feature films to searching documentaries. The Southern Tour is the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film.
Premiere to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association
In April, 2008, Hart/Lunsford Pictures was proud to host the Louisville premiere of “Diminished Capacity” at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, Kentucky. All proceeds from the event, which included a pre-screening cocktail reception, benefited the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Screenwriter Sherwood Kiraly, who also wrote the novel on which the film was based, flew from his home in California to attend the premiere and took questions from the audience of roughly 400 after the show. With the money raised from ticket sales and an in-kind contribution from Hart/Lunsford Pictures for reception and screening expenses, the donation to the Alzheimer’s Association totaled about $30,000.
University of Louisville
Hart/Lunsford Pictures sponsored the independent films selected by the U. of L. Student Activity Board's Independent Film Committee and shown at the Floyd Theatre on campus in both the spring and fall semesters of 2007. The weekly screenings were open to the public. Ads for the movies that appeared in LEO (Louisville's alternative newspaper), banner ads on the website of the U. of L. student newspaper, and street flyer promotions were all funded by Hart/Lunsford Pictures.
In the spring of 2008, Hart/Lunsford Pictures also served as the title sponsor for the Floyd Theatre's first-ever Student Film Festival of Shorts, providing half of its funding. This student competition generated lots of excitement and Hart/Lunsford Pictures helped judge the many submissions. Winners received video camera, production, and editing equipment.
Hart/Lunsford Pictures was again pleased to sponsor the U. of L. Student Filmmakers’ Festival in the spring of 2010 and participated in judging the films. The objective of the event was to motivate aspiring young filmmakers (high school and college students) in the Louisville community and help establish connections among them to encourage future collaboration. Films submitted could not exceed 15 minutes in length and were judged on the basis of many variables, including lighting and sound quality, plot, acting, direction, and originality.
Spalding University, Bellarmine University
Mr. Hart has conducted classes for Spalding University's screenwriting students and Bellarmine University's media and culture students. In these sessions, he provided the producer's perspective on the evaluation of screenplays and the best ways for aspiring screenwriters to present their materials for professional consideration, and led lively Q&A sessions following each presentation.
Flyover Film Festival
Opening night of the first annual Flyover Film Festival, sponsored by Louisville’s 21C Hotel and the Louisville Film Society and held from June 12 through 14, 2009, saw the Louisville debut of Hart/Lunsford Pictures’ teen comedy, “Bart Got a Room,” to much laughter and applause. As an executive producer of the film, Ed Hart participated in a question-and-answer session with the audience after the screening.
Premiere to Benefit Kentucky Center for the Arts
On the evening of December 3, 2009, Hart/Lunsford Pictures’ critically acclaimed “Me and Orson Welles” premiered in Louisville. The event, which served as a benefit for the Kentucky Center for the Arts’ independent film programs, garnered much publicity and attracted so many guests that two screenings were held. A cocktail reception was held before the evening screening and guests at that screening were also treated to a question-and-answer session afterward with the film’s renowned director Richard Linklater, the British actor Christian McKay, who made his big-screen debut as Orson Welles to rave reviews, and executive producer Ed Hart.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
As a co-sponsor with the Louisville Film Society, Hart/Lunsford Pictures brought the Manhattan Short Film Festival to Louisville, where it was hosted at the Kentucky Center for the Arts on September 28, 2010. Over the course of one week in late September through early October of that year, this festival of short films aired on six continents and in more than 200 cities. More than 100,000 people around the world shared the remarkable experience of viewing these brilliant original films and casting their votes for the best among them.
Hart/Lunsford Pictures served as the supporting sponsor of a very special Louisville Orchestra event held on the evening of November 13, 2010. In the atmospheric environs of Louisville’s historic Palace Theater, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Psycho” was screened with a unique twist - the Louisville Orchestra played Bernard Hermann’s famous spine-tingling score live as the movie played. Alfred Hitchcock himself once said that much of the effect of “Psycho” was due to the music. Judging by the enthusiastic response of the audience to this event, Hart/Lunsford Pictures would certainly corroborate that statement!
Governor’s School for the Arts
Ed Hart served on the panel of judges for a video competition among alumni of the Kentucky Center’s Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA). Alumni of this intensive three-week summer program for talented high school students from all areas of Kentucky were asked to create original short videos describing what GSA had meant to them. The culmination of the competition was a fundraiser for the GSA, including a screening of the winning videos, held at Louisville’s unique “Green Building” on April 20, 2011. The objective was to foster awareness and support of this worthy program, allowing it to continue offering in-depth instruction to student artists in nine disciplines (architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art, and vocal music). Over 1,600 students from across the state of Kentucky audition for this program each year and 225 students are selected. Full tuition and room and board are provided for them to attend classes by distinguished master teachers (conducted on the campus of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky) and to give them the opportunity to audition for scholarships at top colleges and universities.
Independent Film at the Kentucky Center for the Arts
With the support of sponsor Hart/Lunsford Pictures, a mini-series of independent “rock documentaries” was presented at Louisville’s Kentucky Center for the Arts in May, 2011. “The Howlin’ Wolf Story – the Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” directed by Don McGlynn, screened on May 18 and “Throw Down Your Heart,” starring Bela Fleck in an African sojourn focused on banjo music and directed by Sascha Paladino, on May 25. Question-and-answer sessions with directors and producers of the films were held after the screenings.