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Is It Too Far Out To Foresee Movie Making Here?

This article first appeared in issue 18, and was written by Ed Waggener.

It's something to think about.

Is Adair County ready to make movies?

Is it really so farfetched to see a national figure like Lawrence Bender producing a film here?

Is it beyond belief to think that Jim Toole of the Kentucky Movie Production Services can't steer a nationally known company to one of America's unique traditional communities?

Isn't it more than likely that Jonathan Moore will produce documentaries here one day, or that one of his romantic narratives might be made in Adair County?

Might a new Tv series from Phil Combest one day be set around a Columbia of the days when his father was an auto dealer here, in the 50s?

And isn't it more than likely that Matt Arnold will produce another film in Adair County, and that this time the film will be opening across the nation on one day, with only the premier restricted to Adair County?

Mightn't an Adair Countian be a star in it?

Might we all have the chance to have our 15 minutes of fame as extras in movies produced here?

And if a movie isn't steered to us by outside forces, don't we have the aggregate talent and fund-raising ability to do it ourselves?

And isn't that how we got everything of value here anyway?

Many think so.

If John Rarey can make Columbia the headquarters of "The nation's business card printers," and he has,

If Adair Countian Tommy Grider can become the world's largest Tennessee walking horse owner, and he is,

If a Dr. Chuck Giles' foaled-in-Adair County 2-year-old l can be a Kentucky Derby winner, and it will,

Don't you think that America could be watching made-in-Adair County movies in the near future?

That's something to think about, isn't it?

Scenes from Arnold's Suspicious Minds filmed at Cafe Columbia

Actually, Columbia's film industry is already underway, if we count the on-location work for Suspicious Minds Screenwriter - producer - fund raiser - videographer - and actor Matt Arnold used Cafe Columbia as a set in the movie. There wasn't a lot of talk in the media here at the time, and it wasn't on "Hollywood Minute," but it happened, all the same.

This story was posted on 1997-12-24 12:01:01
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