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Production in Hart Co. Sparks 'Southern Kentucky Film Commission'

Southern Kentucky Film Commission

The cameras are rolling in Hart County for a Hallmark Channel movie that’s expected to wrap-up filming on Nov. 19.  Local officials are hoping the movie signals a long and profitable relationship with the film industry.

The film called “An Uncommon Grace” is about a military nurse falling in love with an Amish man.

Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin hopes it’s just the beginning of the region’s focus on a new segment in economic development. Martin says when filming began in October, it was the spark that led the county fiscal court to create the Southern Kentucky Film Commission. He says the benefits are obvious.

“This film right here, being a small-budget film, like one-and-a-half-million-dollars compared to the big budget films, they’re still spending around a half-million-dollars in six weeks in Hart and surrounding counties.”

Martin says the film crew of about 60 people has needed everything from hotels to dry cleaners to construction of the interior of a helicopter. 

“With us having the film being made now, we’re copying down all the vendors that’s needed, all the different services that they need and our mission is to actually provide services in southern Kentucky for people who want to come to Kentucky to film.”

Martin says the film crew is infusing about half-a-million-dollars into the local economy during the six weeks of production.

The movie information website IMDb says ‘An Uncommon Grace’ is scheduled to air in February 2017.

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.
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