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July 6, 2013

Encore showing planned for film with local ties

Last month’s premiere sold out Lexington theater

BEREA — A local independent film with several Madison County connections will have an encore showing Tuesday after more than 900 people showed up for the movie’s premiere last month.

“Red River Moon” writer, director and producer Bruce Barnett expected as few as 75 people for the June 20 premiere at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.

“I started getting a bunch of invitation declines from people I know during the last two days leading up to the premiere,” Barnett said. “I was told by numerous people that 200 was a reasonable attendance goal to shoot for. We got great press coverage from area media and had a successful Facebook campaign, but I never expected to see a sold-out, 800-seat theater with another 100 people outside.”

The theater seats just over 800, so about 100 people were turned away from the premiere. An encore screening has been scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kentucky Theater, 214 East Main St., Lexington.

The adventure thriller’s plot involves two sisters who get lost in the wilderness of the Red River Gorge, Barnett said. The film is 82 minutes long and cost $50,000 to create, he said in an earlier interview.

More information about the movie can be found online at

Property in Berea was used for some of the movie’s settings, and two Eastern Kentucky University professors of film, Chad Cogdill and John Fitch, were involved in the film’s creation.

Prior to the encore showing, there will be a short concert on the Kentucky Theater stage at 7 p.m. with many of the musicians whose work is in the movie.

Some of the musicians featured are Carla Gover, formerly of Berea; Tripp Bratton, currently a Berea College professor; John Rose of Lexington; Jesse Wells and Don Rogers of Bath County; Jeri Howell of Frankfort; Bret Ratliff of Whitesburg and many more.

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