LAND (and how it gets that way) is the story of an ongoing debate about the meaning and use of the land in one community in central Kentucky. But it is a story that plays out every day in hundreds of other communities across America – probably even in yours. Moreover, it is a story with roots that run deep into the history of our nation. It is a story that has shaped our culture, our politics and our economy from the first settlement. The economic, social, and agricultural forces that are creating pressures for Whether the development proposal involves a residential subdivision, apartments, a commercial strip, a Wal-Mart, an industrial site, new or improved roads, or a large tourist attraction -- the troops rally in support of or in opposition to the proposal. These battles about land occur in urban places too – that historic building, that block, that neighborhood, that view and how any of these might be changed by a development project generates as much passion as those around a farmland conversion.
Land use changes in Woodford County are those found in hundreds of other communities: proximity to a growing urban center, access to inter/intra state highways, deeply divided opinions on the need for and value of growth, perceived differences between newcomers and old-timers, rising land values, and fluctuating agricultural prices. In this story of one place, it is possible to distill the hopes, dreams, fears, and aspirations that become embodied in the meaning and use of the land.

LAND (and how it gets that way) is a powerful and balanced film that deals with a very emotional and politically charged issue in a way that leaves a viewer realizing that there are no heroes and no villains in this fight. Regardless of your position on this topic, you will hear echoes of your beliefs and feelings in this film.

This is a topic that will resonate with viewers in any size community across the nation. Today, it is difficult to pick up a newspaper or watch a news report that does not mention a land use conflict over a proposed development of some type.

Land use concerns are one of the most important issues shaping local and state politics. National polls indicate a strong interest in and concern for local land use patterns, agricultural land preservation, green space and public lands. In the 2002 election, there were several hundred land use/land preservation issues on state and local ballots. The debates about the meaning and value of the land are the same, whether it is an neighborhood rallying to stop the tearing down of dilapidated buildings to be replaced by a new high rise office or a new cross-town highway or a rural community rallying to stop the construction of a 500 unit golf course/subdivision or a meat packing plant. People across the country are engaged in discussions and arguments about smart growth, urban sprawl and property rights and each of these have well-developed social movement organizations associated with them. On the national scene, the related issue of “smart growth” became an issue in the 2002 presidential campaign, and within the last few years, hundreds of communities have enacted legislation to support the acquisition of “green space