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Ross Watne 1941-2004
One of the very first filmmakers I met when I came to WV was senior film
producer/director (Victor) Ross Watne. He had made a film about the WV
centennial and WVLC badly needed a new copy since our copy had worn out.
During the next 25 years Watne was one of the leaders of the Morgantown
group of filmmakers, winning many awards for his many films, most
notably “Arthurdale,” his film about the Depression Era town founded by
Eleanor Roosevelt. He died at the age of 62 on March 23, the day before
I opened the first WV Film Week in NYC. I will give you a brief list of
the NYC highlights below, but returning to WV and discovering that Ross
had passed away was a blow. He was one of the state’s finest filmmakers
and human beings – I will greatly miss him. I will have to visit with
him and Ellis Dungan, the state’s oldest filmmaker who died several
years ago, when I go to the giant film festival in the sky.
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