The Governor's Mansion gets a new documentary

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

The southeastern Kentucky premiere of a new documentary film called "Kentucky Governor's Mansion: A Century of Reflection” took place Sunday in London.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what’s happening today, and what might happen tomorrow, that we forget to appreciate the past.

“We have a very fine tradition of history, and sometimes it can be overlooked in the everyday life, and maybe the Final Four or something like that get to be more important at times,” says Terry Forcht laughing. Forcht is the owner of the Forcht Group of Kentucky.

Which is why investors, preservationists, and others got together with a mission to capture some of that history in Kentucky. The result was a documentary film covering state events though the story of the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.

“Something like this really touches a lot of people. We did over 30 interviews with former governor's and first lady's and their children, and it really brings everyone together, and you really get a sense that you're trying to do something special,” says David Buchta, of Kentucky’s Division of Historic Properties.

The film highlights historical moments through interviews, reenactments, and its narrator: Kentucky native Diane Sawyer.

“We go way back a few years, but I believe there was a stronger connection and Diane just really wanted to do this for Kentucky and the mansion,” says Michael Breeding, who produced the film.

Much of the film’s funding came from the Forcht Group of Kentucky. KET will begin airing the documentary next month.

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