City Film Festival
will be spotlighted
in upcoming movie premier
medals in Senior Games
Helen E. McKinney
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Ron Chilton admits he has
not always been concerned with physical fitness, although he has tried
to maintain a reasonably healthy lifestyle. When contemplating retirement
15 years ago, he changed his way of thinking and made a life altering
decision by making fitness a priority.
Chilton narrates a
new film about
Senior Olympics. The
film will be shown
at the upcoming
Chilton, 74 years young, has been a serious competitor
in the Senior Olympics since 1997. I was a jogger in my late 40s
and 50s, but as I approached my 60th birthday, I began to get serious
about physical fitness, said the Douglass Hills resident.
Chilton said he spent 40 years in the profession of broadcasting before
hanging up the headphones in 1999.
By that time, he had begun working out, watching his diet and training
on weights. Chilton cut out all red meat, incorporated more fruits and
vegetables into his diet, gave up soft drinks, reduced his sugar and
salt intake and ate four or five smaller meals each day instead of three
I joined a health club, started lifting weights and working out
on the elliptical machines five times a week, plus running and jogging
at least a mile each day, he said. His dedication to fitness has
paid off. Chilton has won more than 250 medals in the Senior Olympics.
His success culminated last October at the Kentucky Senior Olympic Games
in Paducah, Ky., where he competed in 12 events and earned a record
12 medals. He won Gold Medals in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 meters,
1,500-meter RaceWalk, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump and Javelin.
Chilton won a Silver Medal in the Shot Put and a Bronze Medal in the
This Danville, Ky., native is the subject of a new film, Meeting
the Challenge: Senior Athletes Join in Olympic Competition. The
film will make its world premiere screening at the second annual Derby
City Film Festival, which runs Feb. 19-21 at the Clifton Center in Louisville.
The film spotlights Chiltons participation in the Paducah games
and he is the narrator of the film as well. I hope that people
especially seniors will draw inspiration from the film,
said Chilton, and learn that its not the years in your life
that count, its the life in your years.
Noon: FX Make-Up Design and Application. Presented
by Lyzayne Whitaker
3 p.m.: Art In Relation to Modern Cinema.
Presented by Adam Campbell
1:30 p.m.: The ATTAIN Acting Workshop. Presented by
4 p.m.: Writing for Independent Film. Presented
by John Risner
The movies producer and director, Dorothy Fadiman,
decided to make a movie about Chilton because she was inspired
by his personal commitment to become increasingly active as the years
went by, rather than succumb to age.
The festival includes 46 films representing more than 12 countries,
including six films from Kentucky. The festival selected 15 submissions
by Kentucky filmmakers out of a total of 300 submissions, said festival
organizer Kris Rommel. Other films were submitted by filmmakers from
Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, So there is a great representation
of the region as a whole at the festival.
Films have also been submitted from Norway, Germany, Israel, Spain and
Italy. The films cover all genres, from short feature documentary films
from two minutes to 120 minutes in length, to comedy, horror, drama,
experimental, international with and without subtitles, family films
and faith films. We really do have something for everyone.
Rommel said he was happy with the festivals turnout last year
1,000 attendees spread over a five-day period. One of the only
complaints received was that there were no workshops.
The festival isnt just for filmmakers, Rommel said,
but also for people who love film and want to know more about
making a film.
He said the workshops provide a great opportunity for giving attendees
insight into aspects of filmmaking they may not know about or fully
understand. This is also true for filmmakers, said Rommel.
Festival passes and tickets can be purchased through www.DerbyCityFilmFest.com
and will be available at the box office during the festival. One dollar
of each ticket sale will be donated to Bellewood Youth Homes, a non-profit
agency in Anchorage, Ky., that serves abused, at-risk and homeless youth
throughout Kentucky. An awards presentation will be held from 5:30 p.m.
to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the North End Café on Frankfort
Avenue in Louisville.
For more information, visit: www.DerbyCityFilmFest.com
or contact Kris Rommel at (502) 618-3192.
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