With production now complete on The Rotunda Project, its creators hope the collaborative musical endeavor will cause ripples in Paducah's artistic scene.

For five nights in December 2015, local musicians lent their voices to a five-track Americana and roots album during recording sessions in the Coke Plant Rotunda.

A documentary following the creative process premieres at Maiden Alley Cinema on July 14 through July 18, with an album for sale that strives to capture the benefits of collaborative work towards a common artistic goal.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Find more information at maidenalleycinema.org/films/the-rotunda-project.

Among voices heard are the project's co-directors -- Jeran and Shanden Simmons of the indie band Fairseas -- accompanying a medley of musicians they've crossed paths with in Paducah.

Participating soundtrack artists are Art Thieves, Chris Black, Fairseas, Fate McAfee, J Skrilla, J.D. Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers, Leonard the Band, Red Ember, and The Savage Radley.

Since The Rotunda Project's inception in mid-2015, Jeran and Shanden said -- aside from the arduous process of editing -- they've learned the satisfaction of collaboration.

"We learned the same thing we hope everyone else learns when they see this: what can be learned through collaboration come to life," Jeran said. "Also creating something great without monetary incentive because you love it."

"The project itself encapsulates the exchange you get from collaborating," Shanden said. "Reinforcing a community, small-scale and large, centered around art and music."

Both said the idea came naturally with the repurposing of the historic Coke Plant a few years ago, which served as an example of Paducah's collaboration.

It didn't hurt that the rotunda itself lent a unique acoustic quality.

"It seemed many here were investing in local business and community, so we ran with that theme," Jeran said. "It wasn't really intentional -- it just happened to be at the same time."

"The positivity of the community has grown more than anything," added Glenn Hall, director of Photography. "I've collaborated with several artists from this project, and it's moved into an awareness with other artists. I think it's indirectly fostered the music scene."

Dry Ground Brewing, Just Hamburgers, and Pipers Tea & Coffee will offer special promotion items during the week of the documentary premiere.

Proceeds will aid the massive and ongoing $8 million restoration of the Columbia Theatre -- a fitting goal for a project that's grown in purpose and size, Shanden said.

As The Rotunda Project comes to fruition, its co-directors hope to see other artists influenced in turn.

"I think it's made others more comfortable," Shanden said. "Hopefully they tell others about their experiences."

A live panel discussion about the project will be held tonight at the Yeiser Art Center, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., during the second edition of the Yeiser's Audible Art Show.

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