Documentary Premiers at The Nunn Center

"Quest for the Perfect Bourbon," a film by documentary maker Joanna Hay, is about the people, stories, and history of Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY. The documentary started out as an oral history project and blossomed into a 40-minute program that will be broadcast by KET in the coming months. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions provided post production audio. Read the press release below:

Media Alert


“Quest for the Perfect Bourbon” To Be Shown at the Grand Theatre, Open to the Public


FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY. (March 22, 2011) – It’s more than 200 years of history in the making all rolled up into 40 minutes! The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries invites the public to view its completed documentary based on Buffalo Trace Distillery. Entitled “Quest for the Perfect Bourbon, Voices of Buffalo Trace Distillery,” the showing will take place at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort on Thursday, March 31, 2011.
The “Quest for the Perfect Bourbon” project is a compilation of interviews with the people and stories of the Buffalo Trace Distillery family, such as Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, and descendents of iconic figures such as Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr., Colonel Albert B. Blanton and Pappy Van Winkle. 
On March 31, the public can view the documentary for no charge at the Grand Theater while meeting some of the iconic figures featured in the interviews. 
WHO:                    Buffalo Trace Distillery and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History
WHAT:                  “Quest for the Perfect Bourbon, Voices of Buffalo Trace Distillery” short compilation documentary of interviews with the people and stories of the Buffalo Trace Distillery family. Meet some of the personalities featured in the documentary as well as the director and film visionaries.
WHEN:                  Thursday, March 31
                                6:30-7:15 p.m.
WHERE:                The Grand Theatre
                                308 St. Clair Street
                                Frankfort, KY
Open to the public, complimentary film viewing.
WHY:                     For more than two years, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has been working with director and producer Joanna Hay and interviewer Tom Troland to capture the stories of the people of Buffalo Trace Distillery to serve as a virtual time capsule for future generations.
All the video interviews are housed on the Nunn Center website, available at:
*All members of the media are invited to a private reception in the Gallery at the Grand Theatre before the viewing from 5-6 p.m.
About the Nunn Center
UK Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of nearly 8,000 oral history interviews. The number of interviews available online continues to grow, providing greater access to the collection. Topics are wide-ranging from Appalachia, politics, veterans’ stories, as well as documenting important Kentucky industries such as the horse, coal and bourbon industries.  To learn more about the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, visit as well as
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, (Franklin County), Kentucky. The distillery's rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as 
Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

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