Harlan natives star in independent film

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Ashe Parker and Trampus King both have lead roles in "Stand Like a Mountain" which was shot in Harlan County. Both said they are looking forward to watching it for the first time when it is played at the community college in Cumberland this weekend.

Ashe Parker and Trampus King said they are friends in real life, but in the movie, things are a little different.

“She really gets on my last nerve,” said King.
“He follows me around and stalks me, and won't leave me alone... so you get on my last nerve,” said Parker in reply to King.

The movie, written by Eastern Kentucky natives Terry Muncy and John Gilbert is about a soldier named Harlan and his journey through battling addiction after injuring his leg. King plays Harlan's childhood best friend, who runs the dope business in the county, but King saids that is not the focus.

“It is a fact, we do have a drug problem, but people should not focus on that part of the film,” said King who plays “Clyde Wade” in the movie.
“Iit is about love and hope and overcoming.”

Parker plays the love interest.

“Well I play the good girl in this movie and we are enemies,” said Parker.
“We do not like each other at all.”

King echoed the “at all” comment with a laugh.

Both said it was important to the movie crew to hire local actors and display the landscape of Harlan County.

“It was one of the main reasons he wanted to come back home to shoot the film; because our mountains are gorgeous and that's a big thing about this area is how pretty it is and he wanted to show that,” said Parker.

The two will join hundreds of others at 7:30 on Saturday night for the director's cut screening at the community college in Cumberland. Parker has been in other movies, but this was her first one. She has a small role in Dorothy and the Witches of Oz and said she will have an even bigger role in the sequel. This was king's screen debut as well, but he said he has done a lot of work in the independent music business.

Both said the indie film will likely be on DVD in the future.

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