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Film maker plans next movie production in Columbia, KY

Thomas Phillips now lives in Adair Co., KY. He has many film credits, and is an adjunct professor of Mass Communications at Campbellsville University, where he teaches Film/Video Production. He's looking for actors, musicians, persons to provide housing and shooting locations, craft and catering services, local artists, and investors to help him with movie, which, he says, will show off the town and recognizable landmarks here, including the historic courthouse
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By Thomas Phillips
Columbia, KY

After directing movies in Hollywood for the past decade, I am excited that I have chosen to shoot my next movie, Awkward But Beautiful, in Columbia Kentucky.

I was born and raised in the south, and am happy to be able to come back to my southern roots for my third feature film. Being able to utilize the beautiful backdrops of the southern landscapes has always been a dream of mine, especially when summer begins its transformation to fall. The south has always felt like a close-knit community to me, like family, and I know that making a film in Columbia, KY, will be like a community event.

Hopes Columbians will be excited about moviemaking in own backyard

In Hollywood filmmaking is such a common occurrence, no one gets excited about it anymore, but I have never lost my excitement as a filmmaker and a storyteller, and I just know that the residents of Columbia will be excited about having a movie made in their backyard.

I am currently an adjunct professor in the Mass Communications Department at Campbellsville University, where I teach Film/Video Production. I have been toying with the idea of filming in Columbia since I first moved here in August 2009.

I have had success with two feature films already released, as well garnering several awards along the way:
  • Best Feature Film: Winnipeg International Film Festival
  • Best Ensemble Cast: Wine Country Film Festival
  • Best Feature Film Nominee: Oxford Film Festival
  • Official Selection Memphis International Film Festival
  • Official Selection: Hollywood HD Film Festival
  • Official Selection: Rehoboth Beach Film Festival
  • Best Short Film: Century City Film Festival
  • Best Editor Nominee: Cecil B. Demille Awards
  • Best Short Film Nominee: Cecil B. Demille Awards
My post-production editing work has been featured on national channels such as NBC, CBS, My Network, The Travel Channel, ABC and The CW Network. I was an editor on the Daytime Emmy Award Winning Documentary America's Invisible Children: The Homeless Education Crisis in America.

Served as an editor on The Tehuacan Project

I was also the editor on the Brad Pitt Produced, Andy Lauer Directed, and Adrien Brody Narrated Documentary, The Tehuacan Project. The documentary brought light to the growing problem of impoverished deaf children in Mexico.

Awkward But Beautiful tells the simple but complex story of a young man returning home to his southern roots amidst a recent tragedy, where he is forced to face his past, present and hopefully right his future. Love, life, friends and enemies lead him down many forgotten paths as well as many new life-altering decisions. He has came home to the place that he thought he had escaped from. I plan to begin production on the film in the late summer and early fall of 2010.

I intend on making the filming of the movie a community event by using local actors and actresses, professional or not. So if anyone wants to give acting a try, there will be local auditions for the community.

Wants to show the backdrop that is Columbia, KY

I want to show the backdrop that is Columbia, KY, by shooting in recognizable and distinct locations. I truly want to utilize local landmarks, businesses, residences and properties as locations, and would absolutely love the opportunity to shoot in the Historic Courthouse.

I also wants to give local residents the opportunity to work behind the scenes as well, so there will be crew positions for those interested in learning the filmmaking process. Local schools and students are more than welcome to become part of this as well.

The movie is already almost completely funded but there will also be opportunities to invest in the movie, for both residents and businesses, which will in turn give the investors producing credits on a feature film.

Since I want to make this about the community, any investment, no matter how small or how big will go into the production of the film. So while the movie will be mostly funded by outside sources, it can also be looked at as a community funded film.

I will also be looking for local support in craft services, free or low-cost housing for out-of-town talent, local artists, local musicians, etc.

Please feel free to contact me and T-Street Productions if you are interested in being involved in any of the following aspects of making the movie come to life:

  1. Acting (experienced or not)
  2. Crew members - working on set - behind the scenes
  3. Investing/producing - (from a little to a lot)
  4. Providing housing for out-of-town talent (residents & businesses)
  5. Willing to offer a location for shooting (residents & businesses)
  6. Craft services and/or catering (residents & businesses)
  7. Local musicians who would like their music featured in the movie
  8. Local artists who would want their art featured in the movie
  9. Or if there is anything else you might be interested in, just chime in.
    1. T-Street Productions can be reached via or by telephone at (270) 280-1927

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Columbia, KY, film maker plans to make movie here

2010-02-25 - Columbia, KY - Photo from Thomas Phillips. Thomas Phillips, an adjunct instructor in the Mass Communications Department at Campbellsville University and a resident of Columbia, KY, is working on plans to produce a feature length movie here.
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