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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