Phil Keoghan, host of "The Amazing Race"| Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS
Phil Keoghan, host of “The Amazing Race”| Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS

From Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 13-15, the eighth annual Louisville International Festival of Film will screen more than 130 films from around the world — and many from Kentucky — at various locations in town.

One of the highlights includes an appearance by “The Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan as he presents “Le Ride,” his critically acclaimed documentary on recreating the original route of the 1928 Tour de France. Keoghan’s film will open the festival on Thursday, Oct. 13, with a screening at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A with the host at 8 at the Kentucky Science Center.

“Le Ride” chronicles the intense journey of four underdogs from New Zealand and Australia who joined forces in 1928 to finish one of the toughest sporting events in the world. More riders failed to finish the race that year than any other in history, and Keoghan and his friend Ben Cornell attempt that original route, which included averaging 150 miles a day for 26 days through the mountains of the Pyrenees and Alps.

More than 130 films will be screened throughout Friday and Saturday at venues located at the Galt House, the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Free Public Library.

A scene from "Reinforcements" | Courtesy of Early Times
A scene from “Reinforcements” | Courtesy of Early Times

Other highlights include a screening of “Reinforcements” (Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m.), a documentary produced by Early Times and K9s for Warriors that examines the role service canines have in helping veterans cope with trauma like PTSD.

And “Lines of Sight” (Oct. 15, 10 a.m.) tells the story of Kentucky-born painter Jim Hall who created a new style of painting called Lineillism when he began to experience a change of vision after a bout with shingles.

Also, “Rubbertown,” a local documentary about one of Louisville’s most toxic neighborhoods, will screen on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11:30 a.m.

A complete schedule is available on the LIFF website. Tickets range from $5 per screening to a $25 weekend pass to a $50 VIP pass. The opening night screening of “Le Ride” at the Science Center is $10 for the film only, $25 for the party beforehand, or $30 for the party and movie.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( 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."