2019 Flyover Film Festival Announces Lineup


The 11th annual Flyover Film Festival takes flight July 21-26 at the Speed Cinema and Kentucky Science Center. Six films with ties to the Bluegrass will have their Kentucky premieres, all of which were helmed by female directors. This year’s program consisting of films entirely directed by women was not the result of a gender mandate, but instead a reflection of the quality of work submitted. As in years past, the LFS board screened submitted and curated films, with each member voting for their favorites. When the final tally came in, all the top films were directed by women. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, on the “Celluloid Ceiling” of the top 100 films of 2018, 96.4 percent of the directors were men and only 3.6 percent of directors were women. That is a gender ratio of 27 to 1.

Film lovers and filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with many of the directors from this year’s Flyover Film Festival at a Preflight Reception to be held on Wednesday, July 10 at 21c Hotel. The party will take place in the Atrium of the hotel from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to the opportunity to meet filmmakers, all guests will enjoy free light bites. The first 50 arrivals will receive a complimentary drink ticket and other cocktails will be available at a discounted price. A closing night celebration with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks for attendees of that night’s screening will be held at KMAC after the 7:30 p.m. screening on Friday, July 26 from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Stu Pollard, Chairman of the Board of the Louisville Film Society noted, “LFS takes great pride in celebrating films that have connections to our state whether they were shot here, star a Kentucky born actor or were directed, written or produced by a native. We are thrilled to recognize these inspiring and gifted filmmakers.”

In addition to the regular Flyover Film Festival screenings, an Indie Directors Panel will be held on Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the Speed Cinema. The discussion will focus on their personal journey within the film industry, as well as explore the broader aspects of representation in film, including the range and available roles for women both in front of and behind the camera. Soozie Eastman, Executive Director of LFS said, “We look forward to the unique opportunity of sharing the perspectives and insights of these directors with our audience including film lovers, filmmakers and students.”

Tickets to all screenings are $7 LFS and Speed members, $9 general admission.

Tickets to the Indie Directors Panel: Free LFS and Speed members, $5 students, filmmakers or with purchase of 8:00 p.m. Short History screening, $9 general admission.

The schedule of the 2019 Flyover Film Festival is:


Sunday, July 21, Speed Cinema

6 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of Butterfly Trees followed by Q&A with Director and Producer Kay Milam.

Documentary, 82 minutes.

8 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of Burning Kentucky followed by Q&A with Director, Writer and Producer Bethany Brooke Anderson and cast members Augie Duke, Dara Jade Tiller, Emilie Dhir and John Pyper Ferguson.

Drama, 91 minutes.


Monday, July 22, Speed Cinema

6 p.m. Burning Kentucky followed by Q&A with Director, Writer and Producer Bethany Brooke Anderson and cast members Augie Duke, Dara Jade Tiller, Emilie Dhir and John Pyper Ferguson.

Drama, 91 minutes.

8 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of Perception followed by Q&A with Director, Co-writer and Producer Ilana Rein, Producer and Co-writer Brian Smith and lead actor Wes Ramsey.

Drama, 101 minutes.


Tuesday July 23, Speed Cinema

6 p.m. Perception followed by Q&A with Director, Co-writer and Producer Ilana Rein, Producer and Co-writer Brian Smith and lead actor Wes Ramsey.

Drama, 101 minutes.

8 p.m. Work-in-Progress Screening of A Destruction followed by Q&A with Director and Producer Urooj Yazdani and Cinematographer Omar Nabulsi.

Documentary, 70 minutes.


Wednesday July 24, Speed Cinema

6 p.m. Indie Directors Panel with Kay Milam, Bethany Brooke Anderson, Ilana Rein, Urooj Yazdani, Ani Simon-Kennedy and Soozie Eastman.

8 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of The Short History of the Long Road followed by Q&A with Director and Writer Ani Simon-Kennedy.

Drama, 90 minutes.


Thursday July 25, Speed Cinema

6 p.m. Butterfly Trees followed by Q&A with Director and Producer Kay Milam.

Documentary, 82 minutes.


Friday July 26, Kentucky Science Center

7:30 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story followed by Q&A with Director and Producer Soozie Eastman.

Documentary, 70 minutes.




A Destruction

Humera, an 11-year old girl from a remote village off the coast of Karachi, Pakistan, dreams of becoming a doctor. When the only school in her community comes under threat of closure, Humera faces intense pressure to forego her education for an arranged marriage. A DESTRUCTION follows the trajectory of Humera’s life as it reaches a critical point: when she must maintain the determination to stay in school or risk falling prey to the cycle of poverty.

Connection to Kentucky: Director/Producer Urooj Yazdani grew up in Columbia, Kentucky. After graduating from high school in Adair County, she studied biology at the University of Kentucky. She then attended graduate and medical school out-of-state before returning home to complete post-graduate training at the University of Louisville, where she is currently a resident in the Department of Psychiatry.

Festival History: Work in Progress screening. Developed as part of the Tribeca Film Institute.

Website of film: www.ADestructionFilm.com

Website of trailer: https://youtu.be/ehVJCK_FZeA

Social Media: FB & IG @adestructionfilm


Burning Kentucky

In the foggy mountains of Eastern Kentucky, a young woman searches for the missing pieces of a mysterious event that killed her family. When the truth is revealed, she must choose between the love of a man… or avenging her family.

Connection to Kentucky: Bethany Brooke Anderson is a native Kentuckian. Over 75 percent of the cast and crew was from Kentucky. Louisville Film Society was the Fiscal Sponsor of Burning Kentucky with 80 percent of the funding coming from Kentucky.

Festival History: Won Best Feature and Best Actress at Mammoth Film Festival. Won best Feature Chattanooga Film Festival and Garden State Film Festival. Won Best Supporting Actress Richmond International Film Festival.

Website of film: www.burningkentuckymovie.com

Website of trailer: www.vimeo.com/314883024

Social Media: FB @burningkentuckymovie IG @burningkentuckyfilm


The Butterfly Trees

The Butterfly Trees is a documentary feature film that captures the transcontinental journey of the eastern monarch butterflies on their epic migration from the forested shores of Southern Canada to the rare and ancient oyamel fir trees of Central Mexico. Part science, part adventure and part love story, the film is a captivating reflection on the profound mysteries of the natural world and the ties that irrevocably connect us all. The story weaves together a wondrous tapestry of stunning visuals, passion for discovery and the eclectic mix of the people for whom these butterflies have become a lifelong obsession

Connection to Kentucky: Director and Writer Kay Milam is a long time Louisville resident who has worked in the film industry for many years. Narrated by Louisville musician Will Oldham. The Butterfly Trees was a Fiscally Sponsored Project of the Louisville Film Society.

Festival History: Won Best Documentary at Festival Sayulita, Best Feature Film at Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Audience Award at Cinema Verde, Platinum Award at Worldfest Houston, Award of Excellence and Impact Doc Awards, and Official Selection of Sedona International Film Festival, Valle Festival, Santa Cruz International Film Festival and Over the Rhine Festival.

Website of film: www.butterflytrees.com

Website of trailer: n/a

Social Media: FB & IG @thebutterflytrees


Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story

Before starting a family, Soozie Eastman, daughter of an industrial chemical distributor, embarks on a journey to find out the levels of toxins in her body and explores if there is anything she or anyone else can do to change them. Soozie has just learned that hundreds of synthetic toxins are now found in every baby born in America and the government and chemical corporations are doing little to protect citizens and consumers. With guidance from world-renowned physicians and environmental leaders, interviews with scientists and politicians and stories of everyday Americans, Soozie uncovers how we got to be so overloaded with chemicals and if there is anything we can do to take control of our exposure. Can we hit the reset button, or is it too late?

Connection to Kentucky: Director and Producer Soozie Eastman is a born and raised Louisvillian who, after more than a decade of living in Los Angeles, returned to Kentucky to make her first feature film after the tax incentives passed utilizing local crew.

Festival History: Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival. Fall distribution with Bullfrog Films.

Website of film: http://www.overloadfilm.com

Website of trailer: n/a

Social Media: FB & IG @overloadfilm



When Daniel, a successful real estate developer, must evict Nina, a mysterious small-time psychic struggling to provide for her young son, the last thing he expects in return is a free reading. But when Nina senses the spirit of Daniel’s dead wife, a once-promising artist, his desire to reconnect with her quickly becomes an obsession. Haunted by memories, Daniel is determined to reunite with his wife – who may have designs of her own. Soon, Daniel and Nina must each decide how far they’ll go to get what they want in this supernatural, psychological thriller.

Connection to Kentucky: Perception was filmed entirely in Louisville with local crew and supporting cast. Native Louisvillian Wes Ramsey stars as lead actor. The soundtrack includes a song by local group The Pass.

Festival History: DTLA Film Festival. To be distributed by Gravitas.

Website of film: www.perceptionamovie.com

Website of trailer: n/a

Facebook : FB & IG @perceptionamovie


The Short History of the Long Road

Teenage Nola grew up living out of a van with her charismatic father, Clint; two nomads against the world. When tragedy strikes, Nola must confront the reality of life on the road alone. She’ll need to take the wheel for the first time learning to own her grief, her past and her new destination.

Connection to Kentucky: Executive Producer Stu Pollard is a Louisville native.

Festival History: Tribeca Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival, The Chicago Critics Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival.

Website of film: https://www.shorthistorylongroad.com

Website of trailer: n/a

Social Media: FB & IG @shorthistorylongroad #ShortHistoryLongRoad


The Flyover Film Festival is co-presented by the Louisville Film Society andSpeed Cinema. Sponsors of the 2019 Flyover Film Festival to date include: 21c Museum Hotel, 180 Degrees, Frances Coppola Wines, lunacy unlimited, Rabbit Hole Distilling, Republic National Distributing Company, sonaBLAST, Tafel Flying and Tito’s Vodka.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the Flyover Film Festival, visit louisvillefilmsociety.org. To schedule an interview with filmmakers, please contact Nancy Tafel at 502.593.1243 or Soozie Eastman at 502.819.4139.


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