Making A Movie About Harlan County

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

A singer, song writer raised in Harlan County is trying to take his lyrics to the big screen.

Actors and directors came from out of town to help take his dream one step further by trying to turn "Stand Like A Mountain" into a movie.

Writer Terry Muncy says it's about real life, being faced with adversity and learning how to overcome it. “The opening scene in the movie is about the death of innocence as a little boy, he sees a brutal act committed by another boy and it kind of sticks with him all of his life.”

Writers, directors and actors came together this weekend to film the trailer, hoping to get financial support for the movie.

Scott Blanton, from Harlan County and an actor says, “I think a lot of them will be able to see themselves in it and the ones who don't will probably recognize a friend or relative in it, the actors are portraying.”

Muncy says it's a script written based off his own love for Harlan County and many of the scenes will reflect some of his own memories. “It's about how I love Appalachia, how it's a beautiful inspiring place to me because it's where I grew up.”

The artists say the movie is about being able to push through when times get tough and they hope this will help inspire people of Harlan County.

Blanton says, “I think it's an accurate portrayal of what's going on here. We do have problems, we've got a lot of issues and we've come a long ways.”

Kameron Mogadam, Director and Photographer says, “He is so in to this and I think that alone, him being into it and him believing in it and I believed in it and I didn't know why.”

John Gilbert, Co-Producer says, “I believe there's a little more to this than meets the eye, I’m won't come right out and say divine intervention but I will say that there's a hand in this helping us out.”

They believe in the movie, and in their county.

The artists say once they receive financial help, they hope to have as many people from Harlan County as possible helping with the film.

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  • by kathy Location: California on Jul 18, 2009 at 10:37 PM
    Iwould love to talk with BellaDonna. I am your fathers cousin. Brad and Steve Blanton this is Kathy Raybie daugther. Hope life is going good Please email me, love to connect with you. Your Mom has always had a special spot in my heart. I named my daughter after her. Donna Lee.. hope to hear from you. Love Your Family from California
  • by Kathy Blanton Location: California on Jul 18, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    I did a search of my fathers name and the movie of Harlan County came up. I know my Dad was born there as was his siblings.
  • by Kathy Location: California on May 8, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    My father was born in Harlan County. His name is Raybie Lee Blanton. I remmber watching the Beverly Hillbellys with my Dad shortly before he died ( March 19, 1965) He said it felt a little like home!!!Love It. Kathy Blanton Gregory
  • by moe Location: harlan on Oct 11, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    I wanted to know if the Scott Blanton is the son of Twila and Dewey Blanton Sr?
  • by Joe Location: colorado on Sep 25, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    That guy in the blue T shirt looks and moves like he is natural for the part. He is in great shape. I like your idea. I hope you find financial help. I would like to see the entire movie. The guy with the black hair looks like a good fit too.
  • by MARGARET Location: IL on Sep 24, 2008 at 09:32 PM
    Best of luck on finding the funding, Terry. Let the world see what a great place Harlan County is, and that intelligent, successful people have grown up there, and many of those same people still live there.
  • by Daryl Location: Gaithersburg on Sep 23, 2008 at 05:01 PM
    Being friends with one of members of the cast, I've gotten to hear about the content of this movie and it's definitely more than a dumb hillbilly movie, or about being poor in Kentucky, or having a country accent; it's about perseverance of a single human soul, it's redemption, and a town's redemption at that. I want to see this movie made because if there's one thing this country needs right now, it's hope. Hope is not dead in America, but sometimes we a need a reminder. Harlan County should be proud of this project, I wish it was about my hometown.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    Isaiah is my son and loved his experience in filming this. Best of luck with the movie! Linda
  • by Bill on Sep 23, 2008 at 04:40 AM
    Another dumb hill billy movie,I wonder?More then likely.
  • by Angie Location: Leslie on Sep 22, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    I agree with Crissy. I am glad they are making a movie here in Appalachia, but they don't need to focus on the poor places here. There are a lot of beautiful homes here, and it upsets me that everytime a movie is made here, they use the worst looking places. All places have both, & I think Kentucky people work as hard as anyone else, if not harder. We need respect as well.
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