10 essential WV films by WV filmmakers + how many copies in WV libraries

Steve Fesenmaier (fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us)
Wed, 27 Nov 2002 10:55:07 -0800 (PST)

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This is totally pathetic......Steve Fesenmaier

Ten Essential WV Films by WV Filmmakers
Steve Fesenmaier November 2002

Note: several of these videos are available for purchase at the Showcase
West Virginia store in the Charleston Town Center and at the Tamarack
Center in Beckley.

1. DANCING OUTLAW – the director’s cut
In 1991 Jacob Young made a 25 minute portrait of Jesco White, a WV
mountain dancer. The film has sold thousands of copies, and has been
shown all over the U.S. This film presents one kind of person that
everyone knows, where ever they live…Excellent for discussion of
Appalachian stereotype, working-class stereotype, etc. Distributor –
Flower Films. $ 49.00 http://www.lesblank.com/

2. MORRIS FAMILY OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
In 1980 Robert Gates, WV’s leading independent filmmaker, released this
film and video about one of the state’s most important folk music
festivals, held from 1969 to 1973. This film captures the music and mood
of the 1972 festival. It features about thirty musicians, many of whom
have since died, including John Martin, Aunt Minnie Moss, and Uncle
Homer Walker. $25 ppd, $35 in "collector's edition" gold lame'
box.Contact Omni Systems, Charleston, WV 342-2624

3. ASHES TO GLORY. 2001. Doborah Novak and John Witek made this film
about the worst sports disaster in American history – the airplane crash
that took the lives of almost all of the members of the 1970 Marshall
football team. It traces the events that led up to the disaster, the
actual disaster, and how the team rebuilt to become the most successful
football team in American college football history.
http://www.wvpubcast.org/videos/ $29.95

4. PARADISE PARK (Heroes of the Heart) 1996. WV filmmaker Daniel Boyd
directed two previous independent films. From the film’s
website –
An elderly resident of an Appalachian trailer park wakes up
one morning
with a vision that God will visit the park later that evening
and grant all the
tenants a wish. The love-hate relationship
this memorable group of wonderful characters have with their

impoverished existence surfaces, in funny, often
bittersweet ways,
as the effects of floods, unemployment and family strife
trigger
fantasies of love, wealth, elaborate song and dance
numbers and
dreams of what's yet to be.Does God make it to the trailer
park?
Well, one thing's for sure, Life will never be the same in
Paradise Park.
Amazon.com $15.95 or less used.

5. CHEMICAL VALLEY. 1991. Mimi Pickering, one of the founders of
Appalshop, lived in WV at different times in her career. She spent a lot
of time in the Kanawha Valley while making this environmental
documentary about the link between the Union Carbide plant in Charleston
and the Bhopal plant in India. In Bhopal there was a toxic leak of MIC,
killing hundreds of people and seriously affecting thousands. This film
shows how plant workers, activists, and others in Charleston reacted to
the disaster. $24.95 home use http://www.appalshop.org/film/

6. OUT OF THE STORM. 2001. B.J. Gudmundsson grew up in Pocahontas
County, a relative of Pearl Buck. She learned about the Galford Lumber
Company’s move to New England in the 1930s, helping harvest millions of
trees that blew over in the real “Storm of the Century.” $24.95 online
at http://www.patchworkfilms.com/cat/catorder.htm.

7. MOUNTAIN MEMORIES. 2002. Ray Schmitt has retired to Hardy County,
taking his extensive filmmaking skills with him. In 2001 and 2002 he
filmed this portrait of WV native son Jim Clark, who grew up in War,
McDowell County. Clark has traveled the world and become a leading
outdoor photographer. This portrait shows him visiting his mom in War,
and his new home in the Shennadoah Valley, near his beloved WV. $24.95
online at http://www.patchworkfilms.com/cat/catorder.htm.

8. WEST VIRGINIANS IN WAR. 1994. Russ Barbour directed this
feature-length documentary about the extensive contribution West
Virginians have made to our country’s various wars.
http://www.wvpubcast.org/videos/ $29.95

9. THE GRIFFIN AND THE MINOR CANON. 2002. Brad Stalnecker animated this
version of a children’s story by Frank Stockton. Stockton is famous for
the children’s story, “The Lady and the Tiger.” He spent the last years
of his life living in the state. This animation uses WV actors’ voices,
and was completely created inside the state.
http://www.wvpubcast.org/videos/ $29.95

10. FIDDLES, SNAKES, AND DOG DAYS. Gerald Milnes, assistant director
of the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, made this hour-long
documentary on WV’s homegrown culture. More than 30 of our state’s
“treasurers” are shown presenting their great skills with their
instruments, dancing, singing, and other amazing abilities. $ 25 at
http://www.augustaheritage.com/store.html
How many copies are in WV libraries? Public, college, some school
libraries…

1. DANCING OUTLAW – the director’s cut
11 copies according to all bibliographic records

2. MORRIS FAMILY OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
1 16-mm copy and 1 VHS
3. ASHES TO GLORY.
2 copies – including Marshal U.
4. PARADISE PARK
5 copies – 3 at WVLC
5. CHEMICAL VALLEY
1 copy - WVLC
6. OUT OF THE STORM.
O copies – new video
7. MOUNTAIN MEMORIES.
O copies – new video
8. WEST VIRGINIANS AT WAR.
4 copies - wvlc
9. THE GRIFFIN AND THE MINOR CANON.
Copies were sent to all 97 public libraries – 10 copies are listed
10. FIDDLES, SNAKES, AND DOG DAYS

6 copies including 2 at WVLC

THERE ARE 37 COPIES OF CRUM (the book) in its two editions in WV
libraries...

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