Appalachian Film Festival releases full schedule for April 12-13 fest
HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Regional Film Commission has released the schedule for the 2013 Appalachian Film Festival, which showcases independent films from the 13-state Appalachian region.
The 10th annual film festival will run Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in downtown. The Keith-Albee’s current operating Wurtlizer organ will be played by Lexington organist Dean McCleese between films.
Admission Friday is a $5 suggested donation at door to support the Keith Albee Theater Organ Project.
Saturday admission is a $5 suggested donation to support the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and the Fisher House for Veteran Families, Rockville, MD (that is a non-profit supported by fiddler and filmmaker, Boyd Tinsley, of The Dave Matthews Band)
Friday, April 12
5:15 p.m. — “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Short by Patrick Mullen, W.Va.
Using Sam Cooke’s original song as a backdrop, this song is really a poem of hope. Showing the contrast between the beauty of Portsmouth Ohio's riverside to the more broken, pill polluted and depressed inner bowels of downtown. This song is a reminder that change is on the way.
5:22 p.m. — “Learning Is As Ordinary As Eating Rice At Home,” Short by Rhendi Greenwell, Tennessee
This film referenced the collision between the activity of a city and that found on the outskirts. The narration guides the viewer through the montage into a deeper contextual realm as if listening to the world as if for the first time.
5:35 p.m. — “Restitution,” Short by Justin Miller, Georgia
Architect and workaholic Preston Sanders struggles to reconcile with his wife Susan after the recent death of their oldest child. Their relationship is further strained when Preston discovers that his wife has resorted to an unconventional coping mechanism: cloning their youngest son.
6 p.m. — ”Hickory High Lift” Short by Ian Nolte, W.Va. A chronic underachiever hits upon a scheme to support his accustomed lifestyle.
6:17 p.m. — “Think Twice” Micro by Angela Varney, W.Va. Suicide prevention video.
6:28 p.m. — “Brothers,” Short by Benjamin Whiting, Penn.
6:42 p.m. — “O Say Can’t You See,” Micro by Michael Crawford, W.Va.
Our soldiers die every day, whether it be on our own soil, or abroad. Huntington natives Kevin Zhea and Michael Crawford, both of whom are U.S. Army veterans, tell this story in song. The film gives a glimpse of the sadness a woman feels when her soldier husband is killed in combat.
6:55 p.m. — “Weirdo,” Short by Charlie Haggard, Dustin Mills, W.Va.
Four friends embark on a journey for truth when one of them begins to exhibit abnormal behavior. Tension rises as Fitz, Charles, and Todd discover just how big of a weirdo Simon really is while driving full-speed through the blur that lies between friendship and reality.
7:20 p.m. — ROTFL, Micro by Tara Nicole Azarian, N.C.
PSA short on cyberbullying
7:30 p.m. — “Dance With My Father” Short by Joanna Terry, W.Va.
An award-winning short drama that centers on Kareem Watson, a mentally and terminally ill Vet, who tries to rebuild his relationship with his estranged daughter, Simone, so he can walk her down the aisle before it's too late.
7:45 p.m. — “Trace Around Your Heart,” Short by Ian Nolte, W.Va.
Trace Cherokee has grown comfortable living in obscurity as a country music has-been. But when his former song-writing partner, Sasha Colette, asks him to reunite for a one-night performance, he finally has to confront his crippling stage terrors with the help of his friends Seth Martin and Chappy.
8:37 p.m. — “Oddney Strangerfield,” Short by Patrick Mullen, W.Va. Colorful music video by local favorites hip hop group, Dinosaur Burps, of Charleston.
9 p.m. — “Ladybeard,” Feature by David Smith, W.Va.
For a year, small town stand up comedian Andy has been assisting his lesbian best friend. Michelle in hiding her sexual orientation from her parents by pretending to be her boyfriend.
Saturday, April 13
5 p.m. — Wurlitzer Organ Performance by Dean McCleese, Lexington, Ky.
5:30 p.m. — “Over Home: Songs from Madison County,” Documentary by Joe Cornelius, Kim Dryden, N.C.
A documentary that explores the life of Sheila Kay Adams, a ballad singer from western North Carolina.Sheila's family's musical heritage, rooted in traditional Appalachian life, has sustained her, giving her strength to face the loss of that culture, the death of her husband, and the emotional trauma that followed.
6:15 p.m. — Marshall University College of Fine Arts Student Films, Micro films by various students
7 p.m. — Mr. Cool Willie, a documentary by Eli Scarr, Ky.
7:30 p.m. — Trace Cherokee & the Stenders (live in concert)
8:30 p.m. — “Faces In The Mirror,” Feature by Boyd Tinsley, Va.
This story is about Ben Fisher, a young man who returns home to bury his father. On the day of his father's funeral, Ben goes on a dream-like odyssey where he's led, portal by portal, to fantastical places with somewhat mystifying people who all seem to be guiding him. An experience of music, visuals and emotion. It's like a dream produced by Tinsley, who is the fiddler in the Dave Matthews Band.
9:50 p.m. — Awards Ceremony on stage at the Keith
10:15 p.m. — The Heptanes (live performance by Huntington rockabilly artists).