The Louisville International Film Festival opens with “Corsicana”

Get ready for your close-up, Louisville. Independent filmmakers from around the world travel to Derby City this weekend to take part in the 14th edition Louisville International Film Festival.

Founded by veteran actor and Louisville native Conrad BachmanThis year’s festival, held in person October 6-8 and virtually October 8-15, features 15 films that highlight stories and issues sweeping the globe.

“We are overwhelmed with the support we have received over the years for this festival,” said Bachman. “We have reached our 14th year and every year I am amazed by the films submitted.”

Notable films from past festivals have included “The Burning Plainwith a Louisville native and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and “The Wrinkle” directed by Emmy Award winner and host of “The Amazing Race”, Phil Keoghan.

Conrad Bachmann poses for a photo on the Derby red carpet.  Maggie Huber/Special at the Courier-Journal May 07, 2022

The annual event has grown every year and now includes 3D films, animated features, documentary features and shorts, horror features and shorts, and feature films. Screenings of the 2022 event will take place at Holiday Inn Express Downtown, Kentucky Science Centerand Muhammad Ali Center.

The festival kicks off Thursday with “Corsica”, a fictional account of Bass Reeves, a former slave from Arkansas who became a Deputy United States Marshal in the latter part of the 19th century. Actor Isaiah Washington(“Grey’s Anatomy”) directed and stars in “Corsicana” as Marshal Reeves.

The film also stars New Albany, Indiana, a native Major dodge. The actor, screenwriter and producer is best known for his critically acclaimed independent film “bomb city

“I can’t wait to get back to Louisville and bring some of my Corsican family with me,” the actor said. “When “Bomb City” headlining the festival in 2017, my dad said it was a great movie, but it would be cooler if you did a western. So here we are.”

Actor Isaiah Washington will attend the 2022 Louisville International Film Festival from October 6-8.  This year's Opening Night movie is

“Corsicana” will be screened at the Kentucky Science Center Thursday at 6 p.m., followed by an after-party at the Muhammad Ali Center144 N. Sixth St.

Also included in the festival lineup, “live out loud“, a documentary by the Louisville filmmaker Melissa Gregory Rue. Shot over a year, the feature film highlights the transformative power of cinema. Rue’s documentary tells the stories of three homeless people in Portland, Oregon who are empowered and begin to heal from childhood trauma by learning how to make movies in a grant-funded class.

Rue’s mission is to inspire other cities to rethink their approaches to connecting and uplifting homeless people. Of course, getting people into housing, food and water are vital first steps, but in his film Rue there is another aspect to solving this crisis: restoring self-esteem. .

“Live Out Loud” screenings at the Louisville International Film Festival Friday at 4:40 p.m. atKentucky Science Center727 Main Street West.

“Someone once said that anything was possible in movies with the right script, the right cast and the right production team,” Bachmann said. “We hope we brought you this exciting combination in our selection of movies this year.”

Tickets for the film and opening night are $25. All weekend passes and day passes are $10. For a full schedule of weekend events and tickets, visit

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