‘Let’s Paint the Town’ featured in documentary

‘Let’s Paint the Town’ featured in documentary
Fulton and South Fulton’s “Let’s Paint the Town” revitalization effort is about to make its big debut.
The documentary “Let’s Paint the Town, Twin Cities!” will premiere in a free showing Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Fulton High School commons area at 700 Stephen Beale Drive in Fulton.
The story of Fulton and South Fulton’s “Let’s Paint the Town” revitalization effort is being featured in a national television project by award-winning film production company Marvo Entertainment Group LLC.
“Let’s Paint the Town, Twin Cities!” is the first in a series of 30-minute documentaries chronicling the astounding success of “Let’s Paint the Town,” a grassroots community revitalization campaign that originated in Princeton, Ky., and is spreading across America. Communities which join the program use local donations of volunteer hours, paint, supplies and funds to transform their decaying downtowns into attractive, viable business districts.
 In May 2010 in Fulton, one man who believed he could make a difference and one woman who believed she could ensure his success teamed up to orchestrate a community-wide town hall meeting. Much to their surprise, nearly 200 people came to hear about the “Let’s Paint the Town” program. That night, almost $4,000 was raised in community donations. As the program became successful, thousands more followed.
“With our economy in shambles, politicians deadlocked over budget cuts and grant monies dried up, much of small-town America is literally fighting for its economic survival,” said Jeff Campbell, project manager for the Twin Cities’ “Let’s Paint the Town” program. “So our community decided to not wait around and just hope. We have restored and renovated 46 buildings in our community without a single dollar of government money. It all happened with a grassroots effort of our building owners buying the paint, supplies paid for with community-wide donations and labor provided by volunteers.
“Our mantra has been our town, our pride and our responsibility. This project is more than about painting a few buildings. It’s also about economic development. We’ve seen six new businesses open their doors since we began our ‘Let’s Paint the Town’ program 18 months ago,” he added.
“The ‘Let’s Paint the Town’ program has been a source of inspiration for the citizens of Fulton, Ky., and South Fulton, Tenn.,” said Thea Vowell, executive director of the Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce. “I hope the phenomenal success we have had here transforming our central business district will be a source of inspiration to small towns across America to take on this program.”
The “Let’s Paint the Town” documentary is scheduled to air on KET Public Television in February. A video sneak preview is available on Marvo Entertainment Group’s website at http://www.marvoentertainmentgroup.com/productions/Prod_TwinCities/LPTT_TWIN_CITIES.html.
Marvo executive producer Samuel Koltinsky’s work is inspired by a passion for stories, history, preservation and the environment. Over the past 19 years, he has produced numerous documentaries in Europe and the United States and has worked with PBS, the History Channel and the Documentary Channel.
Koltinsky is also the originator of the “Let’s Paint the Town” initiative. Published in The Messenger 12.7.11

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