By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
The work of young filmmakers will be showcased Saturday at the Plaza Theatre during the Reel Generation Film Festival, a competition open to high school students from across the state.
“This year we had 13 entries,” said Jerry Ralston, publicity chair for the film festival. “That’s a record number of entries; more than we’ve ever had.”
Among those 13 entries are seven from the local area: two from Metcalfe County, three from Barren County and two from Bowling Green.
This year marks the fourth year for the film festival, which features three categories: documentary, original short film and Spotlight on Kentucky.
Winners of each category will be awarded prizes: $500 each to the winners of the documentary and original short film categories and $250 to the winner of the Spotlight on Kentucky category.
“We are also giving a $100 award and a plaque for outstanding performance in an original short film,” Ralston said.
In addition, the Watkins College of Art Design and Film in Nashville will award scholarships to the winners. An $8,000 scholarship will go to each winner in the documentary and original short film categories and a $2,000 scholarship will go to the winner of the Spotlight on Kentucky category.
Judges for the film festival will be Chris Easterly, a Kentucky native and screenwriter for the Hallmark Channel and NBC-TV; Dr. Dan Howell, head of the film department at the University of Kentucky; and Ronnie Ellis, a Glasgow native and a reporter with CNHI News Service in Frankfort.
At intermission, music from Glasgow native and musician and orchestra leader Billy Vaughn will be played in recognition of Vaughn’s birthday, which is Saturday, Ralston said.
“The other thing we are going to do is show a four-minute video featuring the football team of Glasgow High School from 1942,” he said.
The video was shot by Bruce Aspley, who built the Plaza Theatre in the 1930s. Aspley was known for making short films of various people and events in the community and showing the films at the theater, Ralston said.
“That film was originally shown at the Plaza in 1942 and we are going to show that film again at the Reel Generation Film Festival,” he said.
Appearing in the film is Glasgow businessman Robert A. Lessenberry, who was a sophomore on the football team in 1942.
Lessenberry played left end for the team, which went undefeated that year. He recently recalled Aspley coming to film the team.
“I’m in the film, but I’m barely in the film because I’m running behind somebody else,” he said.
Lessenberry has a copy of the film and is planning to attend the film festival on Saturday to see it and to see the young film makers’ work.
“I’m excited to see the students’ work,” he said.
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