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Harry Dean Stanton Film Fest Celebrates Fourth Year

Kentucky-born actor Harry Dean Stanton has been the subject of a film festival in Lexington for the past three years.

And the Lexington Film League is presenting the Harry Dean Stanton Fest again this year – with screenings of Escape from New York, Repo Man, and the Paul Newman film Cool Hand Luke, in which Stanton plays a gospel-singing prisoner.

The fourth edition of the festival, which starts today and runs through Sunday, will feature two celebrity guests – singer and actress Michelle Phillips, friend of Stanton’s and member of the 1960s group The Mamas and the Papas – and the man himself.

Stanton will be on hand for a gala event at the Kentucky Theatre following a screening of the 1970s gangster flick Dillinger.

Tickets are $7 for the screening – and $60 for the afterparty at The Bar Complex.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.