Former BCTC Student Wins National Film Honors

Kelley Cantrell, who completed a program in film studies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) last semester, has been named a 2014 American Movie Awards finalist for her short film called The Marker. The film is about an elderly woman who is being visited at night by a masked figured. Her doctors are not sure if they can believe her so she takes matters into her own hands.

Cantrell was still a student when she entered the competition, and although she thought the film was good, she wasn't sure a student could compete with others in the contest.

The day the announcement came out, I was very nervous, Cantrell said. I tried to keep my mind off of the announcement and just kept busy. Late that night, the nominations and winners were announced. When I saw "The Marker," I was very excited and was in shock. It wasn't until a couple days later when I received the official email that I felt it was real. I am very honored for the recognition, and excited for the actors as well as the crew who worked on the short with me.

The American Movie Awards was created in 1980 to honor excellence in filmmaking. Past winners include Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg.

Cantrell is working on another short called "Magic Trick, with PEHG Productions. Magic Trick, written by Gerald Teaster, is about making choices that no one should have to make, she said. Cantrell's long-term plans are to own a production company and produce independent movies.