Remembering the Hubbards
to premiere in Louisville
film showing planned for
Nov. 29 at Hanover College
(October 2012) A documentary film about the
late Anna and Harlan Hubbard has been completed and is scheduled to
premiere at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne
St., just off Frankfort Avenue, in Louisville, Ky. The event is free
and open to the public.
courtesy George, Lynda Bartnick
and Anna Hubbard are pictured in this 1943 photo taken in CIncinnati,
long before their journey down the Ohio River to New Orleans.
They later bought land and built a home along the river in Trimble
Producer and writer Morgan Atkinson of Louisville has
worked on the project for more than a year and generated private funding
to produce it. The film, titled Wonder: The Lives of Anna and
Harlan Hubbard, also is scheduled to be shown for free on Thursday,
Nov. 29, at Hanover College. The Rivers Institute at Hanover College
provided a large donation toward the project.
The Hubbards, who lived off the land along the Ohio River in Trimble
County, Ky., were frequent visitors to the campus to loan books from
the college library. Several of Harlans paintings hang in a small
room at the Brown Campus Center at Hanover College.
Atkinson said he hopes to show the film at other regional locations,
including the Trimble County Public Library in Bedford, Ky.
Anna died in 1986 and Harlan died in 1988 after spending their lives
avoiding todays modern conveniences. Harlan wrote his many books
and painted scenes of his life along the Ohio River. Many of his paintings
featured steamboats or rural landscapes.
Several local people were interviewed for background for the film but
none appear on camera. These include Bob Canida, Dr. Marcella Modisett,
Bob Rosenthal and Paul Hassfurder, all of Madison, Ind. Canida and Hassfurder
befriended and assisted the Hubbards during their lives. Harlan died
at Canidas riverfront home and he owns several of Harlans
paintings. Upon his death, Harlan left his property to Hassfurder. Modisett
was his physician. Rosenthal is a philosophy professor at Hanover College
who took several student groups on field trips to the Hubbards
home over the years.
Hubbard friend Bill Caddell of Frankfort, Ind., plans to exhibit his
collection of Harlans paintings at the opening premiere in Louisville.
Caddell inherited the paintings from the artist upon his death.
Atkinson has been recognized for his work profiling philosopher-monk
Thomas Merton, the writer-social activist John Howard Griffin, Louisville
musician Tim Krekel and many others.
Much of the narrative for Wonder came from the Hubbards
journals. Their thoughts have been complemented by excerpts from Henry
County, Ky., author Wendell Berrys book on their lives. Berry
has agreed to voice his work. Actor-musician Will Oldham serves as the
voice of Harlan. Actress and teacher Katie Blackerby provides the voice
of Anna. Musician-composer Ben Sollee has scored the documentary.
Atkinson has logged 30 years as a filmmaker, the past
25 running his own film production company, Duckworks Inc. He works
on commission mostly but in this case has chosen to focus on the Hubbards.
He hopes to get the film aired statewide on Kentucky Educational Television
and maybe even nationally on the Public Broadcast System. He began working
on the project last year with a goal of researching and presenting the
couple in a more personal way a way that has not yet been seen
by the public, he said.
Two previous KET documentaries have been done on the Hubbards the
first in 1980 by filmmaker John Morgan and the second in the mid-1990s
for KETs Kentucky Life series.
Atkinson is a Louisville native and a University of Kentucky graduate
who has made dozens of films, with about 15 airing on KET and several
nationally on PBS. Atkinson was assisted with research on the Hubbard
project by a close friend, John Kasey. Atkinson has raised about half
of the $150,000 to complete the project.
To learn more about Harlan and Anna Hubbard
and their lives, visit: www.HarlanHubbard.com.
To learn more about Morgan Atkinson and his film company, visit: www.MorganAtkinson.com.
For more information about the film premiere at Hanover College, call
The Rivers Institute at (812) 866-7290.
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