Here’s an update and longer version of the story that appeared in the just-published Insights magazine.

Film-maker Ed Smith won such raves from movie-lovers and at film festivals with “Surviving Guthrie” three years ago that he’s about to put a wrap on another. “Undeserved” is the title of a 40- to 50-minute faith-based project that’s been shot on campus this spring.

Although the school in the film is a fictitious, small, liberal arts

Professor and film-maker Ed Smith talked film location back in the winter with Meredith Cave, who stars as Tia, and his son Ethan, who plays one of her friends.

institution, Georgetown College is the perfect welcoming and loving place for Smith’s project. “I feel this film certainly fits in with our academic and spiritual mission,” he said. “It will help further show Who We Are.”

The filming is done and now Smith needs another $15,000-$20,000 for post-production – sound design, color correction, promotional materials and printing of the DVD.

“If a donor stepped up, they’d become the Second Associate Producer,” he laughed; but he wasn’t joking. “What we have already looks amazing…and soon we’ll have edited scene samples on the website for all to see.”

If you would like to help financially, the beauty is that you can give to “Georgetown College” and specify that the money goes toward the film project. That’s win-win because “Underserved” gets the quality it deserves, and Chief Development Officer Roy Lowdenback can count your restricted gift as a contribution toward the College. Contact him at (502) 863-8044 or

Or, if you’d like to be involved in other in-kind ways, contact Dr. Smith at (502) 863-8042 or

“There’s a real demand for relevant, faith-based movies,” said Smith, chair of Georgetown College’s Theatre & Performance Studies department. “This needs to be accessible, something the whole family can enjoy.”

You might call “Undeserved” somewhat of a family project as the script was primarily written by Ed’s wife, Betsy Brannock Smith ‘ 86, and their oldest son, Ethan, is in the cast.

“The film deals a lot with accepting forgiveness – so we can move on after being saved and have a joyful life,” Ed Smith said. “We hope the film will resonate with people who trying to figure out Who Am I?”

Here are the cast members and their classification Fall 2011:

Tia      –           Meredith Cave, junior from Nicholasville

Ben     –          Ethan Smith, senior from Cynthiana

Joe      –        Joe Gatton (professional, Lexington)

Greyson    –   Jon Yelton, senior from Louisville

Amy       –       Amanda Williamson, junior from Simpsonville

Jenna      –      Payhton Ellis, sophomore from Fisherville

Mooner    –     Shawn McPeek, senior from Shelbiana

Crush      –      Matt Eddy, senior from Georgetown

Abby       –    Abigail Cownie, sophomore from West Paducah