First Feature Film Set and Filmed in the KY Bourbon Industry
Headlined New “Twelve Lions Film Festival” in Lexington, KY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lexington, KY – November 8, 2023
The independent film “Bluegrass Spirits,” starring Jake Busey, is now available in on-demand streaming purchase or rental via Amazon. This character-driven drama offers a heartfelt and authentic lens into the worlds of bourbon distilling and ghost-hunting in Kentucky. Bourbon expert Tim Knittel provides technical consulting to ensure the film’s accurate portrayal of the iconic spirit.
About “Bluegrass Spirits” – The film dives into the life of a recovering alcoholic who owns a failing bourbon distillery. When he meets a ghost-hunter, their contrasting views on belief and skepticism come to a boiling point. As the characters explore haunted grounds, the story unfolds into a humorous yet touching narrative that confronts their personal “ghosts.”
The Bourbon Connection – This indie film pays close attention to the world of bourbon, thanks to technical consulting from bourbon expert Tim Knittel. His contributions ensure that the audience not only gets an engaging story but also a genuine portrayal of the complexities of bourbon production and culture. Additionally, majority filming took place at the Hartfield & Co. Distillery in Paris, KY.
Meet the Writer/Director: Jonny Walls – Raised in Kentucky and recently returned to the Bluegrass after 11 years in LA, Jonny Walls brings deep insight into “Bluegrass Spirits.” His previous films, including “Couch Survivor” and “All About the Afterglow,” have showcased his skill as a writer, director, and editor.
About Jake Busey – Jake Busey, a versatile actor with roots in Southern California’s sunny beaches and worldwide film sets, has a career spanning decades and genres. From his early start at age 5 in “Straight Time” to notable roles in films like “Contact” and “Starship Troopers,” Jake has proven his range and talent. After taking some time away to explore other interests like directing and music, he returned to the screen with impactful performances in shows like “Justified” and “Stranger Things.” A modern-day Renaissance man, Jake’s passions extend beyond acting to pursuits like desert racing and flying planes.
About Tim Knittel – Tim Knittel is the founder of Distilled Living, the largest independent Bourbon and spirits education & experiences company with a focus on premium and luxury events. Formerly, he was the VIP hospitality manager for the Woodford Reserve Distillery and currently holds the titles of Adjunct Professor of Bourbon Studies at Midway University and Official Bourbon Ambassador of Churchill Downs.
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Bluegrass Spirits the movie is now available via Amazon for streaming rental or purchase:
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Bluegrass Spirits has a runtime of 1 hour 41 minutes and is not rated by the MPAA,
but due to adult language and alcohol use, viewing is recommended for mature audiences only.
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September 28th, 2023 Movie Premiere Interview video
featuring Jonny Walls, Steven Zunker, and Tim Knittel:
Both Jonny Walls and Tim Knittel are available for interviews for podcasts and other interviews.
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