WV Film Notes

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CHARLESTON, WV (HNN) - Pewter Productions is helping produce a short film with filmmaker Jake Mahaffy based on the short story MIRACLE BOY from award-winning West Virginia writer, Pinckney Benedict. Tentatively, the shoot will take place in Greenbrier County, WV, July 31 through August 10.

The following roles are currently being cast:  four Caucasian boys between 10-12 years-old (one more heavy set), one Caucasian woman in mid-30s (motherly), and one Caucasian man in mid-to-late 30s/early 40s (fatherly). At this time, there is no pay for these roles and preference may be given to those in the Greenbrier County region. Actors should be prepared to provide their own wardrobe. Also, crew volunteers are also needed for the shoot.  For actors, please email a headshot and contact info, and for crew, please send a brief resume and contact info to: miracleboy@themthatwork.com. For more info on the production, visit http://www.miracleboy-movie.comJake Mahaffy is a successful filmmaker and professor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. His work has been shown around the world and has garnered awards at Sundance and South by Southwest. Pinckney Benedict grew up on his family's dairy farm in southern West Virginia. He has published two collections of stories and one novel, along with writings in various magazines and anthologies. He is currently a professor in the English Department at Southern Illinois University. Jason Brown is a West Virginian, teacher and filmmaker who will be teaching Video Production at Lander University in South Carolina beginning this fall. His film "Them That Work," about the impact of John Sayles' film MATEWAN, has received several grants and will be completed in the near future.

RONCEVERTE FILMMAKER ONE OF 3 FINALISTS IN "SONY BEHIND THE LENS CONTEST"

Congratulations to aspiring Ronceverte filmmaker, Mark Trent, on being one of three finalists in the Sony Behind the Lens Contest: Film School Edition." As a finalist, Trent was able to enter the final round of the contest, where he used a Sony PMW-F3 camcorder and gear to shoot the final video for submission. Trent's film, "Pathway," was created in the aftermath of the vicious tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011. For details about the contest and to see the films of the top three finalists, visit http://sony.mardenkane.com/winners.cfm.

ELKVIEW SCRIPTWRITER WINS AWARDS AT FILM FESTIVALS

Congratulations to Elkview screenwriter, Holly Reece, whose feature script, "My Autopsy," won accolades at two recent film festivals and is an official selection in another. Reece's script won 2nd place in the Screenwriting Competition at the 2011 Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington and won the Silver Ace Award at the 2011 Las Vegas International Film Festival. Her script is also an official selection at the 2011 International Beverly Hills Film Festival. Reece may be contacted at sbpholly@gmail.com.

MOTIONMASTERS WINS TELLY FOR “DEADLY DRIVING DISTRACTIONS” VIDEO

Congratulations to MotionMasters, a Charleston production company, for receiving a prestigious Telly for its hard-hitting, documentary-style educational video, "Deadly Driving Distractions: Texting, Cell Phones and Other Killers." MotionMasters brought teens together from area high schools for informal discussion groups; interviewed helicopter-rescue paramedics, a hospital chaplain and an emergency room surgeon; scored an on-camera interview with the nation’s leading expert on distracted driving; and interviewed the parents of a young Marine who died while texting and driving. For more info on this film and others from MotionMasters, visit www.motionmasters.com.

"515 GRAND" – MORGANTOWN FILMMAKER'S LATEST DOCUMENTARY FOR WV PBS

"Every house has a story, and the one at 515 Grand Street in Morgantown has captivated residents and passers-by for more than a century," as noted by WV PBS. A new documentary by WV PBS producer Pat Sergent, "515 Grand" explores this historic home and offers a glimpse into the home's local history. Originally broadcast in May 2011, the entire program (26min 46sec) may be viewed online at http://www.wvpubcast.org/515grand.

WV FILMMAKER'S FILM SCREENING AT AKASHA METAPHYSICAL FILM FESTIVAL, JUNE 24-26 (CARMEL, CA)

Hardy County filmmaker Ray Schmitt's latest documentary, Out of the Blue, is screening at the June 24-26 Akasha Metaphysical Film Festival in Carmel, CA. Chosen by his peers as 2004's WV Filmmaker of the Year, Schmitt began a two-year spiritual journey following the sudden death of his wife in 2007. Out of the Blue captures the re-examination – or affirmation – of his belief system as he explores the metaphysical world. For more info about Schmitt, visit www.realearthproductions.com; For info about the film festival, visit http://www.metaphysicalfilm.com.

OHIO VALLEY FLIGHT ACADEMY PRODUCTION TO AIR ON WV PBS

Weirton filmmaker Tom Robertson and his company, Palomino Productions of West Virginia, have announced that its recently completed documentary about the Ohio Valley Flight Academy will air on WV PBS on June 26 at 7:30 pm.  The documentary includes a demonstration of a pre-flight safety inspection of a Cessna 152 aircraft and an interview of the pilot-in-command of the Commemorative Air Force restored B17 "Sentimental Journey". For more info about Palomino Productions, visit www.ppofwv.com.

ROSIE THE RIVETER FILM PREMIERES JUNE 28 IN CHARLESTON

Join Anne Montague (executive director of Thanks! Plain and Simple), producer B.J. Gudmundsson (2005 WV Filmmaker of the Year), videographer Tijah Bumgarner, John Haulotte (lead veteran on the production), and several women who filled “Rosie the Riveter” jobs in World War II proving that women could do high-quality "men’s work," at the premiere of "We Pull Together: Rosie the Riveters, Then and Now" on June 28 in Charleston. The documentary, about the civilian women who kept American industry strong while men were off fighting World War II, will screen at 6:30 pm, following a 5:30 pm reception at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers Street, downtown Charleston. These women, who are all about 90 years old, are still contributing to society decades after they broke barriers in the work force and will be available for interviews before the film. Although the film focuses on West Virginia women, it is intended to be used to start a national Rosie the Riveter movement, helping other communities follow West Virginia’s lead. The film is part of the work of Thanks! Plain and Simple, which also helps current veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan re-establish themselves in civilian life by learning to create and manage projects like this. Clips from the film are available for viewing online at http://patchworkfilms.com/rosieclips. For more info, contact Anne Montague at 304-776-4743.

BUZZ AWAY EXTREME $1,000 SLAP DANCE VIDEO CONTEST – DEADLINE JULY 5

Natural repellent Buzz Away is looking for dance videos composed entirely of mosquito slapping rhythms. A slap dance uses body percussion. The idea is to slap, slide, whack or shuffle the mosquitoes off your body in a sound-making rhythmic fashion. Do it to music or let the rhythms you create become the music. Dances can be done solo, in a group, combined with animation, etc. Make a video that doesn’t bite and win $1,000 for best video, $250 for most viewed. For details, visit www.buzzawayvideo.com.

HELP COMPLETE CHRISTOPHER WALKEN'S NEW FILM

Christopher Walken's latest film, "The Power of Few," invites you into Scene 64, an interactive event where you determine and craft the final cut, and all you need is a computer with an internet connection. Using original footage and the online editor, you will cut together Scene 64. Music tracks to choose from are provided by composer Mike Simpson (Fight Club) and Guns 'N Roses guitarist Dj Ashba. The best cut is going into the finished film, along with a front end screen credit for the winner. For complete details, visit www.thepoweroffew.com.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FILM FESTIVAL – DEADLINE JULY 15

The 4th Edition of the Art & Tur IV International Tourism Film Festival is accepting entries until July 15. Categories include advertising films (up to 2 minutes), promotional films (up to 15 minutes), documentaries and TV reports (up to 65 minutes), and creative 3D (stereoscopic) productions. The festival will take place in Barcelos, Portugal, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. For complete details, visit http://www.aptur.net/artetur/.

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