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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 11:48 am

After six seasons, “Video Vault-Kentucky Edition” will wrap up its journey into the Kentucky connections in classic Hollywood films this summer, thanks to a state grant. 

Morehead State University Professor of Mass Communication Jeffrey Hill was awarded a Kentucky Humanities Council grant to complete the final season of his program, which he produces with MSU students. The series began about seven years ago with each episode following the structure of going into the ‘video vault’ of films from the ‘30s and ‘40s and showing the Kentucky connections.

As with past episodes, the final season will be aired on Kentucky Education Television (KET).

“I took my love of cinema and film to the next level by doing the Video Vault and bringing in the Kentucky connection, which made it a little bit more interesting for the PBS affiliate here in Kentucky,” said Hill.

Hill also likes getting students involved to give them hands-on experience and build their resume. “I think it’s crucial that students get an opportunity to do the deal.” Hill says. “It’s one thing to do a class project, but from my own experience being a student, it was always great to be able to have that opportunity to work on a project that’s raised the bar a little bit.”

Hill explained the grant money will go toward equipment, gear and will also help pay anyone involved in wrapping up the series, such as English professor Dr. Mark Graves, who wrote the script, and students recruited to help. 

The seventh season is set to air this summer on KETKY, while previous seasons can be viewed Sunday nights at 8 p.m.