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A roundup of area film offerings, seminars and series attractions

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It's summertime and the films are in full bloom.

Here's a look at lots of local cinema, as well as some cool updates on local Cinema series that are great and often free for the kids.

Cinema Under the Stars

Heritage Station's Cinema Under the Stars is gaining traction. In fact, the last show "Ghostbusters" drew more than 225 people of all ages to Heritage Station. That crowd bought up all the popcorn in the place before the movie even started.

The outdoor movie series takes place in the brick patio area of Heritage Station. The movies are free and open to the public. Concessions are available, and Heritage Station shops such as SIP Wine Bar, Let's Eat, Finds and Designs and Brand Yourself are open during the show.

Sponsors include Sip Wine Bar, Bottle & Wedge, River & Rail Bakery, Common Grounds, Brand Yourself, The Red Caboose, the Heritage Station Shopkeepers Association, Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Marshall University Campus Activities Board. A grant from CREATE Huntington helped fund the events as well.

The schedule is as follows: Friday July 5, "Jaws," Friday, Aug. 2, "The NeverEnding Story" and Friday Sept. 6, "We Are ... Marshall."

For more information, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/cinemaunderthestarswv.

Film Training in Huntington

Ever want to learn how to become an entry level production assistant in the film industry? You can do that Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23 at a two-day, hands-on workforce training seminar hosted by the West Virginia Film Office. Skills training will be provided by the Los Angeles-based company Production Assistant Training Seminar, or P.A.T.S.

The Huntington Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the Greater Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau and Trifecta Productions have stepped up as co-sponsors of the workshop.

The lead instructor for the workshop is Gary Fiorelli, who has worked on numerous feature films, including "In the Line of Fire," "The Pelican Brief," "Major League 2," "A Few Good Men" and "The Firm."

The P.A.T.S. workshop will begin each day at 10 a.m. and wrap at 5 p.m. at Trifecta Productions, 555 5th Ave. The building is also home to WOWK-TV. Lunch will be provided both days, courtesy of the Mayor's Office and the Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Advance registration is highly recommended due to limited seating in order to maximize attention to each participant.

If you are not a current member of the film office's online Crew and Vendor Directory, register by June 7 and pay $35. After June 7 or at the door, the cost will be $45. Current members of the film office's online Crew and Vendor Directory pay $25. High school senior and current college students can take advantage of the workshop for $15.

Registration is open now. To get your spot in the workshop, send an email to Lisa Wells at wvfilm@wv.gov for instructions, or for additional workshop questions, call 304-957-9366.

Props to WVPBS

The historical documentary, "Frank Kearns: American Correspondent," which premiered on West Virginia PBS last fall, has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award in the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The film is one of four nominees in the "Documentary - Historical" category.

Winners will be announced July 20 in Cincinnati. West Virginia Public Broadcasting won a Regional Emmy in 2011 for its documentary, "Last Chapter: End of Life Decisions" produced by Suzanne Higgins.

The Road to Statehood

At 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, WV PBS will debut a new documentary, " West Virginia: The Road to Statehood," which brings to life the issues, differences and disagreements that divided the Commonwealth of Virginia, turning families and neighbors against one another throughout what is now West Virginia.

Through interviews with respected state historians, dramatizations, archival letters, sketches and photographs the 40-minute film examines events and philosophies behind West Virginia becoming a state during the Civil War, particularly through the lives of attorney Francis Pierpont (considered the "father of West Virginia" and former U.S.Congressman Albert Gallatin Jenkins who defended "Old Virginia").

The film is co-produced by Huntington resident Russ Barbour and Chip Hitchcock.

"I liken the program to a courtroom drama with a war going on just beyond the doors," Barbour said.

In addition to the previews and the broadcast, a complimentary DVD of the documentary, along with a curriculum-related education guide, will be given to each school in the state during the 2013-2014 term.

Free Ky Library Films

Boyd County Public Library will continue showing free family movies every Friday throughout June and July. Movies will be shown at the Main Branch, located at 1740 Central Ave. Every movie starts at noon.

The lineup includes: June 21: "How to Eat Fried Worms," rated PG. June 28: "Holes," rated PG. July 5: "Journey to the Center of the Earth," rated PG. July 12: "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," rated PG. July 19: "FernGully: The Last Rainforest," rated G.

All movies are free to everyone, and snacks will be provided.

For more information, call Amanda Clark at 606-329-0518, ext. 1140. To learn more about this or other library programs or services, visit www.thebookplace.org.

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