Kentucky Becoming Go-To Location For Movie Producer

Jan 2, 2018

Fountain Square in Bowling Green will be featured in an upcoming movie.

The Los Angeles-based company American Cinema International is increasing its production in Kentucky.

The first project filmed mostly in Hart County was a Hallmark movie called “An Uncommon Grace.” It aired in February 2017.

The second project launches a three-part mini-series called “Runaway Romance.”

It was filmed in Glasgow, Horse Cave, Cave City and Munfordville and will air on January 7 on UP -TV, a small network for family-oriented movies.

George Shamieh  is CEO of American Cinema International. He says the assistance he’s been getting from the Southern Kentucky Film Commission and its founder, Hart County Judge Executive Terry Martin, keeps him coming back.

“It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon because the guy said if it rains the way we expected it to rain it might be flooded and we can’t shoot. So at 4 o’clock I called Judge Terry Martin, I said, “I have a problem. I don’t want to take that risk.” He said, ”Well, we have other caves.”

Shamieh  says they were able to arrange the filming at a different cave and were on the set at 7 a.m. the next morning. He says you can’t do that in a big city.

He says the second film in the Runaway Romance series will use Fountain Square in Bowling Green as a focal point. Shamieh says he especially likes the old theater on the square. 

That historic theater, now called The Capitol Arts Center, began as a vaudeville house in the 1890s. It’s now going to be seen by a national audience in “Runaway Romance” Part 2. Filming on that movie will begin in the Spring.