Hundreds come to independent movie screening in Harlan Co.

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Hundreds came to the Director's Cut screening of a movie written by a famous song writer from Harlan County. Terry Muncy wrote, directed and narrated "Stand Like A Mountain.”

The first free screening was Saturday, April 21, at the Kentucky Community and Technical College Cumberland Campus.

The cast and crew of "Stand Like A Mountain" said they hope the debut of their movie sent a message to the hundreds who came to see it.

“It will showcase some of the problems people have to overcome in life, whether it's drinking or drugs or spouse abuse, whatever it might be, but hopefully it brings some light to what you can overcome,” said Scott Blanton who played the lead role in the film.

The movie, produced by two eastern Kentucky men, Terry Muncy and John Gilbert, is about a soldier named Harlan and his battle with addiction after a leg injury. Blanton said it was his first time acting.

“My wife says they are just professional liars so I should be good at it,” said Blanton with a chuckle.

The movie crew said the goal of the film was to show the perseverance of the character played by Blanton.

“I think that there are a lot of people think that once they get into a problem like that, there's no way out and that's just not true,” said John Gilbert, Co-Producer of the film.

Muncy and Gilbert said it was important to them to hire local actors. Many of the stars in this film were on the big screen for the very first time. Actors in the film said it has been a learning experience and has opened some doors for some of them.

“I think it’s obvious that I saw a lot of talent here and I wanted to show that,” said Muncy.
“The people that are in it can identify with the story and I think that made the story better and I think that helped make the story work.”

Ashe Parker, who played Laurie O’Day, the love interest and mother of Harlan’s son in the film said she has landed roles in “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz” among other roles since she started.

“I have gotten several other parts just meeting people throughout business with this movie and so it is just a very exciting moment for all of us,” said Parker.

Parker said she came to the casting call to bring her daughter Bella Turner in for a role and they asked if she would want to consider auditioning. Both were cast in the film.

Actors said that though addiction is a part in the film, it is not the focus.

“We are a resilient people here in Harlan County,” said Trampus King, who played Harlan’s best friend “Clyde Wade” who ‘ran the dope game’ in the movie.
“We are tough you just got to rise above everything and this movie says a lot about rising above and overcoming the struggles that we have everyday.”

The crew said they hope to have the film on DVD for sale in the future. Muncy said they began writing the film in 2008 but from start to finish, the movie took around two years to shoot.

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