This Week, We’ll Do Movies

The news from Utah this morning was better than good for Hart-Lunsford Pictures. The Louisville production company’s film “Grace is Gone” captured not one, but two awards at the prestigious festival. Writer-director James Strouse, of Goshen, Ind., won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award while the movie captured the Audience Award, voted on by attendees at the festival. Even better news came early in the week, when the movie was sold to a distributor.

Another Hart-Lunsford motion picture, “Dedication” was also sold during the festival. Word is that the phones are ringing off the hook in Hart-Lunsford’s local offices, from scriptwriters, actors and others wanting to get on board the bandwagon. I wrote about the company in an August cover story for LEO. The two movies are the first to be completed by Hart-Lunsford, so it’s especially surprising to win, kind of like winning the Kentucky Derby with your first horse.

Here’s how the Candian Press described “Grace is Gone,” which has been mentioned more than once as a potential Oscar nominee next year.

“Grace Is Gone,” a tear-jerker starring John Cusack as a father who takes his young daughters on a road trip to postpone breaking the news that their army sergeant mother has been killed in Iraq, won the audience award for favourite U.S. drama as chosen by balloting among Sundance movie-goers.

The C-J had the story this morning. Amazingly, none of the local TV stations has covered the story.

Meanwhile, Hart-Lunsford principal Bruce Lunsford is expected to publicly announce his candidacy for Governor tomorrow, with Attorney General Greg Stumbo as his running mate. The story of the Lunsford candidacy broke on WHAS-TV Friday night. Do you find it amazing that none of the other stations have yet picked up the story?