By CASSANDRA GROCE
GLASGOW — KET premiered its new documentary, “The Everlasting Stream,” at the Barren County High School Auditorium Sunday afternoon in honor of the documentary’s setting — Barren County.
The documentary which is based on the book of the same title written by Walt Harrington, a retired Washington Post reporter, follows Harrington’s first hunting trip with his father-in-law, Alex, in Barren County.
“It is the story of Alex and Bobby Elliot, Lewis Stockton and Carl Martin, homegrown residence of Glasgow,” Harrington said. “It is also the story of what I learned from many years of rabbit hunting with them after I got roped into doing that when I married into the family.
“I essentially had no choice but to go hunting with the men if I wanted to fit in.”
According to Harrington, his big-city lifestyle from years of living in Washington was altered from the time he spent in small-town Glasgow.
“Over the years, the experience of being in the woods and, most importantly, spending time with these men, opened my eyes to a lot of important values that I had not paid enough attention to in my years of reporting at the Washington Post and living the high life,” Harrington said.
Harrington wrote the adaptation from book-to-screen and also produced the documentary along with Timothy Bischoff. Being part of a produced film was very different from Harrington’s vast experiences in journalism and writing.
“Well you don’t look as good on film as you think you do in life,” Harrington said laughing. “When I saw the first cut I immediately went on a diet and lost 10 pounds. I realized my voice isn’t nearly as resonate as I thought it was.”
“In general though, it’s so different from interviewing people for writing an article; it’s different having the camera there. “
Often KET had a six-person crew out there in the woods with Harrington and the other men featured in his story.
In Harrington’s book he discusses how he viewed the type of people who lived, and particularly hunted, in small communities like Barren County’s as “country characters from central casting, quaint and amusing.” That, perhaps, was the biggest change in perception for him.
“I found there really was an alternative way to live life and that these men had found a way to take advantage of that and had discovered the secrets to living life well,” he said.
Approximately 100 people showed for the documentary’s premiere and watched the familiar, yet still haunting, scenes from Barren County and surrounding areas.
The audience watched shots of downtown Glasgow intermingled with shots of the four men who became heroes to Harrington as they told their stories of life, hunting and each other.
“Most importantly I hope that the film captures the spirit of the friendship among these four men and the beauty and wonder of life lived in one solid place — Glasgow,” Harrington said.
The film will air on television Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on KET1.