FRANKFORT. Ky. (LEX 18) – A Kentucky filmmaker is documenting both sides of the controversial sewage-turned-pension-bill in a new film called "151."
John Bowling describes the documentary as "an in-depth look at the issues surrounding Senate Bill 151 and the Teacher Pension Fund issue in the state of Kentucky. Perspectives from state representatives and teachers from both sides of the argument are provided in an effort to allow viewers a chance to better understand the events, repercussions, and misconceptions surrounding Senate Bill 151."
Bowling is a student at Asbury and interviewed Governor Matt Bevin, Attorney General Andy Beshear, and several teachers.
Bowling says his family history inspired him to make the film. "A lot of my family members are teachers, including my father. I didn’t really know much about it. I wanted to connect with my father and I wanted to hear both sides."
As for convincing the Governor to be in the film, Bowling says that was sheer luck.
"Bevin was at Asbury giving his daughter a tour. A friend sent me a text while I was in class that said ‘The governor is here.’ I ran to the media com building and waited for him to come out," he tells LEX 18.
He asked Bevin to be interviewed, and the Governor agreed.
Bowling says the independent project taught him not to be blinded by party lines during elections.
"I really want to get to know the people I’m voting for," he tells LEX 18.
Watch the documentary below: