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Television and film news from around the Tri-State

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 06:48 AM

HU N TINGTON — There’s that fall chill in the air and as your herd brings the party indoors, there are a slew of indie film and TV shows to check out around the region.

Here’s a look at a few show­ings as well some other film
news.

“Blood on the Mountain: A Work in Progress”:

National award-winning documentarian Mari-Lynn Evans will be screening her latest work, “Blood on the Mountain: A Work in Prog­ress,” which will be showing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St., Charleston.

The 53-minute-long film tells the story of people who, throughout history, have failed to benefit economically from the rich natural resources of their land.

The West Virginia native director and producer will discuss the film following the screening.

The film is not rated, but because of strong language is not recommended for small children.

Evans is best known for such works as “Coal Country,” and “The Appalachians.” It was during the filming of the lat­ter documentary for PBS, that she became the last person to interview music legend, Johnny Cash before he passed away.


And the Winner is ...

A big tip of the hat to the latest winners from the early October West Virginia Film­makers Film Festival that took place in Sutton, W.Va.

Huntington resident, David Smith, picked up the Best Fea­ture Award for his contem­porary comedy, “Ladybeard,” which first screened at the Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington and has since been screened at film festivals around the country.

You can check out more about the comedy film https:// w w w.facebook .com / lady­beardmovie .

Other winners from the 14th Annual WV FILMmakers Fes­tival include: Ohio University Southern grad Brad Bear with “Where’s the Fair?” winner of Feature Documentary; Justin Litton, Festival Editor; John Nakashima, WV FILMmaker of the Year; Kevin Carpenter, CoFounder; Sam Holdren, Mas­ter of Ceremonies; and Caitlin Renée Campbell, President/ Festival Director.


Dessert and ‘Food’

If you’d like a Friday night (Oct. 25) fright of a differ­ent sort, at 6 p.m. head down to Huntington’s Kitchen, 911 3rd Ave., where there will be a free screening of the eye­opening 2008 documentary, “Food, Inc.,” a 94-minute-long, award-winning documentary by Robert Kenner that utilizes such food writers as Michael Pollan to tell the story behind the scenes of America’s corpo­rate-controlled food industry.

The Kitchen will also be serving free desserts with the film. Call 304-522-0887 for more info, and go online at http://www.huntingtons­
kitchen.org/ for a full list of classes and events.

“Hollow” to Show Abroad Stories from McDowell County, W.Va., will travel to the International Documen­tary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) from Nov. 21 to Dec. 1.

“Hollow,” the interactive documentary that focuses of the lives of 30 residents liv­ing in McDowell, was recently selected for competition in IDFA’s Doc Lab. This is the first international screening of “Hollow,” but the project has traveled the country since it launched on June 20.

“Hollow” is a web-based experience (www.hollowdoc­umentary.com) that combines 30 short films, data visualizat ions,photography, user-gener­ated and community-shot con­tent and soundscapes to help tell the story of boom-and-bust communities in small-town America. After premiering the documentary in McDowell County on June 22, the project
has been presented to more than a dozen to audiences in California, Washington, New York, Massachusetts, Maine and West Vi rgi n ia .

The project has been featured as a centerpiece at the IFP Conference in New York City, The New York Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival and StoryCode.

Additionally, McMillion was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and received a fellowship in October to attend The Future of Storytelling Conference.

Hollow has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, LA Times and Filmmaker Magazine. The project has won several awards for the design and user experience, including a prestigious FWA Site of the Day Award, but being selected for IDFA is a top honor.

A Ghostly Civil War Encounter Kentucky's deadliest Civil War battle will be the featured topic on an upcoming episode of "Ghost Adventures," that airs every Friday at 9 p.m. on The Travel Channel.

At 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, the season finale of the show will be "Battle of Perryville." On Oct. 8, 1862, the North and South collided in the small town of Perryville, Ky. In less than 24 hours, there were more than 7,600 casualties and as they were in a severe drought there was little water to be found and surgeons operated for several days with no water on the wounded. Thousands of souls lost on the battlefields allegedly still haunt the H.P. Bottom House and the John Dye House.

Ghost hunters and TV stars, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin come to this former battleground to figure out why the fallen soldiers still torment the living.

Go online at http://www.travelcha n nel.com /tv-shows/ghostadventures to find out more about the show.

American Conservation Film Fest Growing Over in the eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, the American Conservation Film Festival is set to begin Oct. 31. In its 11th year, organizers are happy to report that they have expanded the festival to four days throughout five venues in Shepherdstown to accommodate the screening of 65 films.

Meet 23 filmmakers from around the globe and participate in post-film Q&As. And a couple films will include panel discussions on hot button topics. For the complete lineup and ticket info, visit www.conservationf ilm.org.

Floodwall Film Set to Screen

Lorentz Productions has completed another documentary film about Portsmouth, Ohio - this time about the flood wall murals. The documentary, "Beyond These Walls," will premiere at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

The tickets are free with a limit of four tickets per person. Portsmouth Murals Inc. is sponsoring a fundraiser and dinner reception at 6 p.m. before the film premiere. Tickets for the fundraiser and dinner reception are $50 per person and include special reserved seating for the premiere of "Beyond These Walls," two complimentary beverage tickets, a dinner ticket in the Shawnee State University Sodexo Ballroom, and a meet and greet with the muralist, the film producer, the film director and cinematographer, and the Los Angeles composer of the original music score for the film. Proceeds from the event will be used for maintenance of the murals. Free film premiere tickets may be picked up at the McKinley Box Office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For fundraiser and dinner reception tickets, contact the Scioto County Welcome Center at 740-353-7647.
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