Re: [Videolib] West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival 2003

Steve Fesenmaier (
Tue, 28 Oct 2003 10:24:57 -0500

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-Press Release –
2003 Sutton West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival
October 3 and 4, 10 and 11th

The Fourth West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival will take place on the
first two weekends in October 2003. It will include a film competition,
world premieres, and many other events. The film competition is open to
anyone in West Virginia or anyone from West Virginia whereever they
live. During previous film competitions many of the states’ best films
including Brad Stalnaker and Mary Lucille Duberry’s The Griffin and the
Minor Canon, Mike Lilly’s Correct Change, Chip Hitchcock’s portrait of
Clyde Ware, and B.J. Gudmundsson’s Out of the Storm won their first
awards before winning other awards and being shown elsewhere including
the Harvard Forest Museum, WV PBS, and the American Film Market. Daniel
Boyd’s three indie feature films as well as films produced by his
Paradise Film Institute were screened.

There will be a meeting of the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild on
Saturday, 11 am, October 4th at the Landmark.

This year’s event will begin with a night of films directed by
filmmakers distributed by Lewisburg-based distributor PatchWork Films.
B.J. Gudmunddson, director of Out of the Storm, will show clips of her
next feature documentary, #30 – The Life and Times of Cal Price. Doug
Chadwick, her cinematographer, will show his 1980 film, True Facts…in a
Country Song about the Lilly Brothers of Beckley with director Susan
Burt present. BJ’s editor, Gary Aide, will show his film, FLOOD ’96 -
The Greenbrier River Disaster of 1996. All filmmakers will introduce
their films.

All of the films will be shown in Sutton at various sites. Most of the
films will be shown at the Landmark Studio for the Arts. The Elk Theater
will be screening the restored 35 mm. version of West Virginia’s
greatest history film, Matewan (1987), directed by John Sayles. The Café
Cimino will be screening The Jolo Serpent Handlers (1978). There will
also be an unnamed film shown at the Hideaway Pub. There will also be a
WV Filmmakers Guild meeting the first Saturday, October 4th, at the
Landmark Studio.

Other guests who will be screening films including Richard Fauss of the
Division of Culture and History; Russ Barbour of WV PBS;
Daniel Boyd, founder of WVSC’s Paradise Film Institute; Ray Schmitt,
founder of Real Earth Productions; Gerry Milnes, asst. director of the
Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins; Rob Johnson and Neal Gentry, the
people who have made a recent film on the Birch River that runs in
Braxton County; Gary Simmons, founder of the WV Documentary Project; Jim
Wolfe and Greg Harpold from Charleston-based Jaguar Educational;
Professor Thomas Douglass, author of a new biography on Davis Grubb;
Mari-Lynn Evans, a native of Braxton County who is producing a $2
million history of Appalachia for PBS; and finally Kevin Carpenter,
co-founder of WVFFF, president of the board of the Landmark, who will
introduce the world premiere of his short horror film, Elk Hotel.

Expected guests include Greg Lanham, programmer for WVPBS; Pam Haynes,
the new director of the WV Film Office; and members of the WV Filmmakers

The aim of this festival is to bring the many exciting films and
filmmakers who live in the state to central West Virginia. We encourage
Glenville State College students, local high school students, artists
and anyone interested in the area to submit their films and to come meet
these people.

For more info, contact Steve Fesenmaier, (304)
345-5850 home, 1-800-642-9021 ext. 2015 work.

Please send all videotapes with return address somewhere on the box,
etc. to:
Kevin Carpenter, President
Landmark Studio for the Arts
200 Main St
Sutton WV 26601-
Telephone – 304- 765 -3092.

Funding for this event has been provided by the West Virginia Commission
on the Arts, The Secretary of Education and the Arts, Jaguar Educational
and many local supporters.

July 28, 2003

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