Kim Childers, owner and operator of Kaci Productions, of Owensboro, visited Harlan on Thursday to talk with local historians and visit places of interest she intends to film in June for her documentary entitled: “Harlan County-A Road To Change.”
The documentary will document Harlan County beginning in the 1900s with the history of coal and progress to what the county is focusing on today — tourism.
“The name ‘Harlan County - A Road To Change,’ was chosen because change is happening in the county and you have to change as things happen and reshape your economy, but you can’t forget about your past,” said Childers. “Right now, it’s pre-production. We are having a fundraising event on Memorial Day weekend in Evarts and after that, I hope to bring a crew and begin filming. “
Harlan County Underground, who will provide music for the film, will host a fundraising concert and auction on May 25 with details to follow in a story nearer to the date.
“This is my first major project,” said Childers. “It’s my baby that I’ve been working on for the past two years.”
Childers hopes to be able to film at Portal 31, Coal Mining Museum in Benham, ATV and horse trail recreation in the county and the Black Mountain Thunder Zip Line.
“Anything that shows a positive future for Harlan County is what I want to highlight in my film,” said Childers. “I want to mention the future bicycling trail on Black Mountain and other projects in the works.”
Having relatives from Harlan County, Childers has visited the county many times during her childhood.
“I love Harlan County,” said Childers. “I’m totally excited about this project. I haven’t been here in almost 20 years, but I have a connection to the county. I’m tired of seeing all the negatives about the county and I want to change that — this is my opportunity to do just that.” Also visiting with Childers was Paula Collins, of Henderson, who is assisting with the project and been Childers’ best friend since childhood.
“Everyone I have talked to during my visit has been so cooperative and helpful,” said Childers. “I’ve had so many phone calls from Harlan County residents interested in helping with the film. I welcome them and hope to continue hearing for those who have old photos and information about Harlan County’s past and future.”
To reach Childers you may call (270) 302-8514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also Facebook Childers at kaciproductions. Anyone wanting to submit photos or stories may do so at 117 East 18th Street #197, Owensboro, Ky. 42303. You may also visit the documentary website at http://produ640.wix.com/a-road-to-change.
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