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New film ‘Silo’ combines farm safety education, entertainment; premieres in Kentucky on Oct. 12


A film about the dangers of entrapment in grain bins — “Silo” — will premiere in Kentucky at the Louisville International Festival of Film on Oct. 12 at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St.

“I’m proud to say that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Home Safety Program was consulted for this film,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said, noting much of the movie was filmed on Kentuckian Quint Pottinger’s farm near New Haven. “The movie combines farm safety education with entertainment for a gripping and thought-provoking treatment of this significant safety issue.”

“Silo” illustrates a little-known but very real hazard of grain farming – a person who becomes entrapped in a grain bin can be submerged in less than a minute.

Producer Samuel Goldberg has launched a campaign to have the movie, the first-ever feature film about a grain entrapment, screened in every farming community across the country. The “Silo” team is partnering with the Grain Handling Safety Coalition to create a thoughtful discussion guide to be used after watching the film. A portion of all revenue from the screenings will be donated to GHSC to support its life-saving work.

Inspired by true events, “Silo” follows a harrowing day in an American farm town when a teenager is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue the young man from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations.

“Silo” had its world premiere Aug. 27 at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. To host a screening or watch the film’s trailer, visit silothefilm.com.

From Kentucky Department of Agriculture


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