Watch for GC Connections on KET Showings of Michael Breeding’s Cassius Clay Documentary

Kentucky Educational Television has set 17 airdates – starting with 10 p.m., Oct. 15 on KET – for Cassius Marcellus Clay: An Audacious American. This new, 60-minute PBS documentary in which Clay (played by Mel Hankla of Jamestown) takes the viewer with him as he boldly, purposely and fearlessly strides through the 19th-century landscape of bitter politics and duels, palatial homes and beautiful women, slavery and the Civil War and a diplomatic mission precipitating the purchase of Alaska, leaving the lasting imprint of his fiery emancipationist personality in his wake.

Watch for a number of characters with Georgetown College connections – starting with Ethan Smith, a senior from Cynthiana, who  plays a young Cassius Clay. His parents Betsy Brannock Smith ’86 and Ed Smith ’88 have the roles of Sally Lewis Clay, Cassius’ mother, and John G. Fee, who with Clay’s assistance, laid the foundation for Berea College.

Dr. Smith teaches in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Georgetown, as does George McGee, who portrays Clay’s cousin, Henry Clay. Like most of the cast members, all of the above are performers with the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua Programs.

Produced by Michael Breeding MEDIA and narrated by the world-famous Peter Thomas, the High Definition film was shot on location in Madison County at Clay’s stately Italianate-styled mansion, White Hall. This documentary portrays an 85-year-old Clay writing his autobiography—recollecting vividly the triumphs and tragedies of his life, sparing neither himself, family, friends nor enemies.

Here are the airdates along with the KET station the documentary will appear on:

  • KET: Monday, October 15 at 10:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Friday, October 19 at 3:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Sunday, October 21 at midnight EDT
  • KET2: Sunday, October 21 at 5:00 pm EDT
  • KET2: Sunday, October 21 at 5:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Sunday, October 21 at 6:00 pm EDT
  • KET: Tuesday, October 23 at 4:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Wednesday, October 24 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Friday, October 26 at 1:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Friday, October 26 at 6:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Saturday, October 27 at noon EDT
  • KETKY: Saturday, October 27 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Monday, October 29 at 4:00 am EST
  • KETKY: Monday, November 5 at 4:00 am EST
  • KETKY: Thursday, November 8 at 4:00 pm EST


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