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'Freedom to feel': Lexington native brings Ghostlight to his beloved Kentucky Theatre

Josh James

Alex Thompson caught the film bug going to school in Lexington and took his dream to the big screen three times so far. But Tuesday was the first time one of his major films would be playing in a theater that holds lots of hometown memories.

"Honestly, since we premiered at Sundance, I've been emailing trying to figure out how it can get here," he said of the Kentucky Theatre. "That was before we had the distributor... like feels different because I've watched so many movies at the Kentucky in the meantime."

Ghostlight, which Thompson co-directed with his partner actor, Kelly O'Sullivan, is a drama about emotional expression and the work it often takes to get there.

When audiences walk out of the theater, Thompson says he hopes some walls might come down.

"I hope they feel some freedom to to feel," he says. "If you've seen the film, you kind of get it. But I hope they come out of it feeling and openness. I guess it's definitely a movie that hopefully cracks you open a little."

Ghostlight shows at the Kentucky through Thursday at the end of the month. It hits AMC+ and soon after Hulu.

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.