The Edmonson County Tourist Commission will host a free screening Sunday of a Christmas movie filmed in the county.
In early 2018, Pure Flix, the Christian film production company famous for its “God’s Not Dead” series, shot “Christmas Manger” in Edmonson County, making use of sites such as a local farm, Sun Valley Feed Mill and Camp Joy, according to commission Executive Director Rhonda Clemmons.
The screening is free and begins at 3 p.m. at the Edmonson County High School auditorium in Brownsville.
“Christmas Manger” stars Tara Reid – known for her roles in the “American Pie” and “Sharknado” franchises – and focuses on a young mother who reunites with a former foster parent, played by Steve Young, as she flees domestic violence, Clemmons said.
“He helps her get her life back on track and introduces her kids to church and they build the Christmas mangers,” she said.
Members of Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church, who build a nativity scene each year, contributed to the construction of the manger and the nativity sets used in the movie, Clemmons said.
“Our church in Brownsville actually does that, so they helped the people with building those scenes,” she said.
Kentucky’s film incentives program, which returns up to 35 percent of approved expenditures for companies producing a film in the state, has brought a number of productions to southcentral Kentucky since 2016, including another Christian movie, titled “The Prayer Box,” which was also filmed in Edmonson County in late 2017. In the wake of the pension crisis, the film incentive program’s future is uncertain, with Gov. Matt Bevin suspending the program in February.
Clemmons, who is also a member of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission, which works to bring film productions to southcentral Kentucky, said the commission wants the program to continue so more productions can be brought into the area.
According to Clemmons, the screening is a show of gratitude to people throughout the community who made “Christmas Manger” possible, as well as to spur local interest in the film incentives program that made Pure Flix interested in filming in the state.
“It’s to continue the interest in the film program and to thank everyone who participated,” she said.