First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
Winners in Kentucky Green Team Online Film Festival Receive Awards

Press Release Date:  Sunday, June 14, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff

Kentucky First Lady hands out $1,000 checks

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Louisville comedy troupe and an up-and-coming filmmaker are $1,000.00 happier after receiving prizes for their winning films in the First Annual Kentucky Green Team Online Film Festival. The Online Film Festival is a popular new initiative of First Lady Jane Beshear’s Green Team, designed to inspire, teach and encourage individuals to take steps to improve our environment.

Seventy films were entered and the “directors” ranged from groups of school kids, Girl and Boy Scout troops, to seasoned filmmakers.

The winners in this year’s festival are:

  • Public Service Announcement - “Energy PSA” created by Sellus Wilder, a Frankfort city commissioner.
  • Environmentally Friendly Habits Film – “Going Green” created by The Indicators, a Louisville improvisational comedy troupe.
  • Energy-Saving Innovation Short Film – “Community Garden” also created by Sellus Wilder.

First Lady Jane Beshear, along with Finance and Administration Cabinet Sec. Jonathan Miller, presented Wilder and The Indicators with their $1,000.00 prizes, courtesy of the Louisville Film Society, during the Film Society’s Flyover Film Festival.

Also recognized at the festival was Meyzeek Middle School, who in conjunction with Ohio Valley Creative Energy, was a finalist in the Energy-Saving Innovation Short Film category. Meyzeek narrowly lost to Sellus Wilder’s entry, “Community Garden.”  Wilder says he will donate half of his prize in that category to the art program at Meyzeek.

“There were a lot of great submissions, and I can’t hog two awards,” said Wilder.  “Meyzeek deserves recognition for successfully using art to teach sustainability.” Wilder says the other half of the prize will go toward Frankfort’s Community gardens.

You can see the winning videos, along with all the finalists, by visiting