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Caleb White will film The Boatman at Green River Lake

Movie will be part of masters program work at UL School of Theatre Arts

By Ed Waggener

Caleb White, a graduate of Adair County High School, is working on a movie for his graduate studies at the University of Louisville.

The movie he's written is entitled "The Boatman," and is a modern version of the Greek Myth about Charon, the ferryman who transports souls from one side of life to the other, over the the River Styx.

White's plans are to use Green River Lake at the Mt. Carmel Boat Ramp as a locale. He was in Columbia on Saturday, February 2, 2008, visiting with friends including Sheila Hare of Sheila's Country Junction.

He already has artwork for the film, and was gathering a cast for the play. "I've gotten about half of the cast already," he said. "The Star Theater in Russell Springs has been very helpful," White said.

He film will be about 30-45 minutes long, he said, and will first be screened at the Playhouse Theatre on the University of Louisville's Belknap Campus on April 25 and 26, 2008.

He'd also like for the hometown audience to get a chance to view the film, and thinks that can be arranged with his friend Nathan Compton of the Columbian Theatre.

The film will be the third production filmed in Adair County. The other two were also works produced as Masters' degree requirements. They are:
  • "Resurrection Mary," (2001) which starred Wilford Brimley, which was screened here on June 15 of 2002. That 15 minute film was the work of Matt Arnold, the son of Dr. Ben and Margaret Arnold of Columbia, KY, who shot the film entirely in Adair and Green Counties. It was produced as part of Arnold's work to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. To read more about that film, Click Here

  • The second film was also in (2001). It was also produced as a part of a Master of Fine Arts Program requirement, and which was filmed at the Gradyville Post Office and at the Janice and Henry Giles House at Knifley. The writer, director, and producer was Jonathan Moore, who took a Chris Offutt short story as the basis of his film. Offutt, the famed Kentucky author, was in Adair County for the production. A story about that movie is "Jonathan Moore's Movie Shoots In Gradyville." Jonathan is the son of former ACHS coach Nelson Moore and Johann Moore.
White, the son of Doug and Debbie White of Cane Valley and a graduate of Adair County High School, said that he plans to continue his film studies at Boston University following completion of work at the University of Louisville.

Fairly soon, White will have an internet site available with more information about the film.

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Caleb White plans to shoot film at Mt. Carmel

2008-02-04 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
CALEB WHITE has been in Columbia over past weekend, recruiting a cast for a 40-45 minute film he plans to make in Adair County. The film, called "The Boatman," is roughly based on the Greek myth about the River Styx. The production will take place at the Mt. Carmel Boat Ramp in Adair County. The 30-45 minute work is part of White's graduate studies in Theatre Arts at the University of Louisville. It will be shown at Playhouse Theatre on the Belknap Campus of UL on April 25 and 26. It will likely also be shown at the Columbian Theater. Caleb is a a graduate of Adair County High School and is the son of Doug and Debbie White of Cane Valley.

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