NKU to screen new documentary on history of the Governor's Mansion

For immediate release…
Wednesday – April 9, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - A hundred years have passed since the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion opened its doors as the official home of the commonwealth’s first family and the unofficial home of all Kentuckians, thus giving it the nickname “The People’s House.”

A new documentary, “Kentucky Governor’s Mansion: A Century of Reflection,” retraces the home’s history from construction and into modern times, with vintage photographs, historical records, and interviews with many of the first families.

The first and only Northern Kentucky screening of the film will be at 7 p.m. on April 23, in the Northern Kentucky University George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium inside the Griffin Hall informatics center, sponsored by NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

“If you love history, if you love Kentucky, you’ll love this film,” said Mark Neikirk, the Scripps Center’s executive director. “The mansion has been a point of pride for Kentuckians since the day its doors first opened. Most of us have visited its grounds, and many have toured or dined inside. But the documentary gives you an insider’s view as well as some context about the residence’s architectural, social and political history.”

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with light refreshments before the film.

ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer is the film’s narrator. The documentary features historical reenactments along with interviews from former governors and their families, including former Miss America and Kentucky First Lady Phyllis George Brown, Gov. Martha Layne Collins, and current Gov. Steve Beshear. The film offers an unprecedented look at family and political life at the mansion including milestones throughout both Kentucky’s and the nation’s history.

Jennie Lou Penn, the daughter of the late Louie Nunn, governor from 1967-71, will be attending the screening. NKU’s Chase College of Law is housed in Nunn Hall, named for the governor, during whose term NKU was founded.

The film was produced and directed by Michael Breeding, a noted documentary filmmaker based in Lexington. He will attend the NKU screening and take questions from the audience afterward. The film lasts an hour, and the Q&A with Mr. Breeding and others involved in the film will last 30 minutes.

“I have had the esteemed privilege of coming to know the architects, designers, builders, first families, staff, and caretakers whose incomparable dedication and contributions have brought this mansion to life,” Breeding said. “It is my sincere hope that this documentary can provide a fitting introduction to the people of Kentucky, and that they might see in this great landmark all that I've been privileged to see through the making of this film.”

Tickets to the screening are free but seating is limited. Please reserve a seat at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-governors-mansion-a-century-of-reflection-tickets-11011384347.  

View a preview clip of the film at http://vimeo.com/89497394.

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