Gill being, well, Gill.
Gill being, well, Gill.

When IF Film debuts on Thursday, Oct. 1, Gill Holland will be on the sidelines — or, rather, in the audience — cheering on his three film projects in the annual film fest that helps kick off IdeaFestival in Louisville. Holland and his production company had a hand in “Peacelands,” a documentary on Louisville artist Mark Anthony Mulligan; “Deep Run,” about a transgender Christian youth growing up in rural North Carolina; and “Split,” a comedy filmed in Louisville with a bowling theme.

When he’s not playing a virtual game of SimCity with Louisville’s up-and-coming neighborhoods, Holland stays busy with film production and encouraging filmmakers to come to Kentucky to shoot their projects. His recent films, “An Honest Liar” and “Where Hope Grows,” are doing great in distribution, he tells us, while Laura Dunn’s documentary on sustainable food, called “The SEER,” is in post-production.

Holland is part of the Louisville Film Society‘s Board of Directors, which organizes IF Film, among other events, each year. Insider will have a full preview of the film festival soon, but in the meantime, Holland took time out of his busy schedule to answer seven very important questions …

What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

Farrah Fawcett circa 1976
Farrah Fawcett circa 1976

Is a Bucket List aspirational? Or a list of something one can proactively get done? I would love to win an Oscar for one of my Louisville film productions, or at least have a fellow Louisville Film Society board member win one, but it is not necessarily something I have control over!

What poster was on your wall in junior high?

Farrah Fawcett 1976. Say no more.

If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?

The Mayor of Mangalore, India, since we need a Sister City in that country. We could then have some Bollywood films shot here using our new Kentucky Film Incentive!

What are your preferred pizza toppings?

I think Spicoli ordering the double cheese and sausage during class in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is my preferred pizza movie scene.

If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?

I think one has to go younger, so I would say 33, which is when I produced my first film, and that was a super-exciting time. It would also be fun to be in elementary school for a week if I could be in one of my kids’ classes!

Greatest American Holland?
Greatest American Holland?

What famous person do people say you resemble the most?

I used to get the Greatest American Hero a lot … the looks, not the personality.

Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?

I was stuck twice in elevators (one in Cairo, one in NYC) and really hope it doesn’t happen again. Speaking of elevators, there is a great James Bond elevator fight scene in “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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