The Parklands 5K Walk & Run

In support of the Parklands of Floyds Fork, runners and walkers took in the beauty of Beckley Creek Park at this inaugural 5K walk and run on June 15.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Let’s Dance Louisville

On June 15, local celebrities left it all on the floor at this phenomenal fundraiser for Feed My Neighbor. More than 530 people attended the fierce competition, which was hosted at the Louisville Marriott Downtown and presented by Derby City Gaming. The night included dazzling performances based on the theme, “At the Movies.” Natasha Lynn Foley, who danced with professional Damian Pataluna, won the Judges’ Award; Sylvia Weaver, who danced with professional Bob Watters, won the People’s Choice Award; and Doug Strothman, who danced with professional Viktoria Szukk, was declared the overall 2019 Champion.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Kentuckiana Pride Festival

Thousands of community supporters gathered in Downtown Louisville to celebrate Pride on June 14.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

The Prelude: Cirque du Jardin

On June 10, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens hosted their fifth annual Prelude garden party. Guests were treated to a dinner prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef Jessica Largey and entertained by performers from CirqueLouis. Those in attendance received a sneak peek at the Graeser Family Education Center, which is part of the project’s first phase set to be completed in October of this year.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Make/Shift Book Launch

Linda Bruckheimer and Sarabande Books hosted a launch party and reading of Joe Sacksteder’s “Make/Shift” on the evening of June 8 at KMAC Museum. “Make/Shift” is a book of short stories published by Sarabande as part of the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Bourbon by the Bridge

Held under the Second Street Bridge, this tasting event benefiting CASA of the River Region delighted guests on June 8.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Denim & Diamonds Gala

Supporters of the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana had a boot-scootin’ good time at this annual fundraiser on June 7 at Sawyer Hayes Community Center.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Celebration of Life: Louise Cecil

Photo by Frankie Steele.

Louise Cecil

Louise Cecil passed away on May 21, 2019, at the age of 81. She was born in 1938 to John and Elmarie Sanders. A native of Tennessee, Louise established her home in Louisville, Kentucky. She had a successful career as a business owner of Louise Cecil Costumes. She is survived by her children Tommy, Chad (Nikki) and Deanna (Renato). She is also survived by her siblings Raymond, Glenn and Gerald. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Evelyn.

The funeral service was held on May 25 in the chapel at Pearson’s Funeral Home with burial following at Cave Hill Cemetery.

Heuser Hearing & Language Academy Awarded $20,000 Grant

Ralph Barringer with Heuser Hearing & Language Academy graduates.

Heuser Hearing & Language Academy Awarded $20,000 Grant on Behalf of Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor


From connecting families with housing and food resources to providing valuable mentorship opportunities to local youth, Northwestern Mutual financial advisors are leading impactful change in their communities across the country. Through its foundation, the company is recognizing these efforts through its 2019 Community Service Awards program by awarding nearly $300,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide.

Each year, Northwestern Mutual selects 16 financial advisors nationwide to receive grants to benefit a nonprofit of their choice as part of the program. Local resident Ralph Barringer, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual – Louisville, has been chosen as a 2019 recipient of the award, receiving a $20,000 grant for the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy.

Barringer has been involved with the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, formerly the Louisville Deaf Oral School, for over 28 years. He is a third-time recipient of the Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award, previously recognized in both 1996 and 2002 for his support of this organization. Barringer has been a member of the board of directors since 1991, serving as board president from 1999 to 2001. During this time, he led the board in making key organizational changes, including a greater emphasis on research as well as capital campaign fundraising and overall strategic planning.

“This organization brings hope, direction and proven answers to so many families that are experiencing challenges,” said Barringer. “Each of us who support the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy are extremely passionate about helping this organization continue to grow and extend its impact throughout our community.”

Heuser Hearing & Language Academy provides early intervention for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The organization’s goal is to give each child a strong foundation from which to build a promising future through intensive speech-language therapy, art therapy, music therapy and dance. The grant funds will be used to provide students who are deaf or hard of hearing with customized curriculum, audiology and vestibular services, as well as various therapeutic services.

“Every year I’m amazed by the enthusiasm our advisors exhibit for nonprofit support in their communities,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Giving back is such an integral piece of our company culture, and our Community Service Award winners truly embody this through the meaningful work they’re accomplishing.”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Community Service Awards program. Since the program’s inception, the foundation has donated nearly $6 million to nonprofits on behalf of program winners. The 2019 winners were announced at the company’s regional meetings earlier this year, with grants presented to nonprofits at local events throughout the country.


Louisville Honor Student Nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Annaliese Billings, a Sophomore at Christian Academy of Louisville, Kentucky will be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts on June 23-25, 2019.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Annaliese Billings.

Annaliese’s nomination letter was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Kentucky based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Annaliese Billings will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to become physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, Massachusetts, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.

For more information visit or call 617.307.7425.

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:

Website of trailer:

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:

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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:

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:

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:

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:

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 To schedule an interview with filmmakers, please contact Nancy Tafel at 502.593.1243 or Soozie Eastman at 502.819.4139.


Experience Munch and Learn, A Farm to School Event

Two of the preeminent issues facing the world are environmental and food sustainability. Munch and Learn is an event at the intersection of these two issues. 

Let us Learn is teaming up with Les Dames Escoffier International — a global, philanthropic organization of over 2,400 women leaders in the areas of food and hospitality — to put on this event, where you and the whole family can enjoy locally grown and prepared food by some of the area’s best chefs, tour the Fairmont Elementary Children’s Garden and engage with several educational and activity booths and a live auction. Some children will even team up with the local chefs to get hands-on experience creating delicious dishes from fresh, local produce. 

All proceeds from this event will go to supporting Let Us Learn.

Let Us Learn is an organization helping underserved children, particularly those who struggle to access healthy eating options, by demonstrating how anyone can create their own healthy food options through small, traditional gardening or hydroponics. By teaching kids these life skills, Let Us Learn is not just offering kids a few fresh vegetables, but rather reshaping the way they think about healthy eating, and hoping to inspire a new generation to become artisan chefs and farmers.