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Kentucky Becoming Go-To Location For Movie Producer


The Los Angeles-based company American Cinema International is increasing its production in Kentucky.

The first project filmed mostly in Hart County was a Hallmark movie called “An Uncommon Grace.” It aired in February 2017.

The second project launches a three-part mini-series called “Runaway Romance.”

It was filmed in Glasgow, Horse Cave, Cave City and Munfordville and will air on January 7 on UP -TV, a small network for family-oriented movies.

George Shamieh  is CEO of American Cinema International. He says the assistance he’s been getting from the Southern Kentucky Film Commission and its founder, Hart County Judge Executive Terry Martin, keeps him coming back.

“It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon because the guy said if it rains the way we expected it to rain it might be flooded and we can’t shoot. So at 4 o’clock I called Judge Terry Martin, I said, “I have a problem. I don’t want to take that risk.” He said, ”Well, we have other caves.”

Shamieh  says they were able to arrange the filming at a different cave and were on the set at 7 a.m. the next morning. He says you can’t do that in a big city.

He says the second film in the Runaway Romance series will use Fountain Square in Bowling Green as a focal point. Shamieh says he especially likes the old theater on the square. 

That historic theater, now called The Capitol Arts Center, began as a vaudeville house in the 1890s. It’s now going to be seen by a national audience in “Runaway Romance” Part 2. Filming on that movie will begin in the Spring.

Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans. She has worked at Rhode Island Public Radio, as an intern at WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia, and at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rhonda’s freelance work called Writing Into Sound includes stories for Voice of America, WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield, Conn., NPR and AARP Prime Time Radio. She has a master’s degree in media studies from Rhode Island College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Rhonda enjoys quiet water kayaking, riding her bicycle and folk music. She was a volunteer DJ for Root-N-Branch at WUMD community radio in Dartmouth, Mass.
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