Governor’s mansion doc has local influence

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By John Overby

As part of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, a new documentary about the architectural, social and political history of the residence is being released. The film, titled “Kentucky Governor’s Mansion:  A Century of Reflection” was directed and produced by Washington County native, Michael Breeding.

The film is narrated by Kentucky native and ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer and will premiere on Jan. 15 at the Grand Theater in Frankfort and on Jan. 16 at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.

The premieres kick-off a yearlong Centennial Celebration for the Governor’s Mansion, which turns 100 years old on Jan. 20.

The documentary features historical reenactments, which is how two other Washington County residents found their way into the film.

Breeding posted on his Facebook page that he was looking for Civil War re-enactors, and he was soon put into contact with Marilyn Peters, an art teacher and humanities department head at WCHS, and her husband, Joe.

According to Peters, Joe is an avid re-enactor, and during the film, he was dressed in “dress Grays” for a ball, while Peters herself was costumed in a vintage 1914 style dress.

The documentary also features interviews from former governors and their families, including former Miss America and Kentucky First Lady Phyllis George Brown, Governor Martha Layne Collins and current Governor Steve Beshear.  

The film offers an unprecedented look at family and political life at the mansion, including milestones throughout both Kentucky’s and the nation’s history.

“The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion is a timeless treasure steeped in history, architectural symmetry and elegance,” Breeding said. “I have had the esteemed privilege of coming to know the architects, designers, builders, first families, staff and caretakers whose incomparable dedication and contributions have brought this mansion to life.  It is my sincere hope that this documentary can provide a fitting introduction to the people of Kentucky, and that they might see in this great landmark all that I’ve been privileged to see through the making of this film.”

The Frankfort premiere will be shown tonight at 7:30 p.m in the Grand Theater with a private reception at the governor’s mansion preceding the event at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the premiere can be purchased at <http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-governors-mansion-a-century-of-reflection-frankfort-premiere-tickets-9855285424?aff=eorg>.

There will also be a premiere in Lexington tomorrow night at the Kentucky theater, which will again be held at 7:30 p.m. with a private reception to precede the event at 6:30 p.m. (at Portofino’s).

Tickets for this showing can be found here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-governors-mansion-a-century-of-refl....

Seating for each premiere and reception is limited. There is no deadline for purchasing tickets online.

For any ticketing questions, contact Mackenzie Brown at mackenzie.brown@ky.gov or 502-564-3000.

For an exclusive preview clip of the film, visit http://vimeo.com/83622761.

For the latest Centennial Celebration news and updates, go the official Centennial website at http://governorsmansion.ky.gov/centennial/, visit the Governor’s Mansion Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyGovernorsMansion or follow the Mansion on Twitter@GovMansion1914.