WV filmmakers and fantasy nerds have a busy October planned in West Virginia.

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor

Mike Weber at "Something Haunted" auditions
Mike Weber at "Something Haunted" auditions
Provided by Something Haunted
Serious cinematic fun starts October 4-6 with the WV FILMmakers Festival at the Elk Theatre, Sutton, WV.  Charlie Cline’s “Squidman” shows Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. and David Smith’s “Ladybeard” will screen Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m.

Live music by Wager (Friday) and The Ultimatums (Saturday) follow the screenings. 

Over 40 filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance. The annual lifetime achievement award will be given to a state filmmaker whose recent and/or lifetime work has had the utmost impact on the WV film industry.  Prior winners have included: Danny Boyd, Ray Schmitt, Morgan Spurlock, George Milnes, Gerry Milnes, Russ Barbour, Mary-Lyn Evans and Bob Gates. Boyd , who will make an appearance at the Shocka Con in this weekend, just released "Chillers II" and is working on an apocalyptic WV tale, "Carbon." 

For details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/WVfilmfest

That same weekend, a benefit concert has been tentatively scheduled at Huntington’s V-Club for medical expenses of Sly Roosevelt drummer Matthew Marshall who sustained a brain injury after being struck by a vehicle.  Music promoter Don Duncan said, “We love him”, in explaining the tentative plans. The British glam drummer is now “talking”, Duncan said.

Elsa Littlepage as "Emma Frost" on Free Comic Book Day
Elsa Littlepage as "Emma Frost" on Free Comic Book Day

 

SWINE, ZOMBI AND HAUNTED

Also, f/x makeup artist, I.R. Zombi and Visual Vindication, producers of the upcoming, “Something Haunted”, will be at the Swine Fest Oct. 2-5 in Huntington’s Guyandotte historic district.  He will bring undead delights from face makeup to Zombuddies, painted pictures to prosthetic applications.  Maybe you would like to  "grow your own" Zombie for your undead "garden".

Friday includes wrestling  at 5 p.m. and a haunted cemetery tour at 7:30 p.m.

Gary Sellards and the Stoned Country Band perform Friday Oct 4 and Saturday Oct. 5.

Jeremy Ambler, a reoccurring performer on AMC’s “Walking Dead”, will be a guest Oct. 5.  The zombie walk will be at 7:30 p.m.

Nearly 80 people attended auditions for a “Something Haunted,” a  made in Huntington horror film, Sept. 14 at the Cabell County Public Library.  A short demo video can be viewed at their Facebook site.

https://www.facebook.com/SomethingHaunted

Tim VanScoy, one of the producers, said, “We were amazed at the talent”, which included MU Theatre students and a couple of professors. “We definitely filled several big roles and several smaller ones as well”. However, as of mid-September, they still have to review the videos shot and callback and, perhaps, another casting call may be scheduled.

Elsa Littlepage attends auditions for "Something Haunted"
Elsa Littlepage attends auditions for "Something Haunted"
Provided by Something Haunted

Michael Weber attended the audition and his monologue as WWF wrestler “The Rock” became the “highlight of the event”, VanScoy said.

Tsubasacon, West Virginia's Premiere Anime and Manga Convention, comes to Huntington October 11-13 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center. Activities include the spectacular  Friday night Masquerade Ball which begins at 11 p.m.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and  Cory Dennison, the Director of Interdepartmental Affairs, for  Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, will make special presentations at the opening ceremonies, Friday, October 11th. Dennison is a former football player for Marshall’s Thundering Herd. Williams has designated October 11-13 as “Tsubasacon: Tenth Anniversary Weekend.”

Danny Boyd , one of the Shocka-Con guests, Friday Sept. 20- Sun Sept. 22 in Charleston.
Danny Boyd , one of the Shocka-Con guests, Friday Sept. 20- Sun Sept. 22 in Charleston.

Among the Voice actor guests are   David ( Adult Swim Network) Swan, Chris (“Case Closed,” “Gunslinger Girl”), Laura  (“League of Legends”) Post , Micah  (Eureka Seven AO) Solusod, and Danielle McRae. Japanese born Junko Fujiyam  and 2D6.  Visit, http://tsubasacon.org  for more details.

Professional Huntington cosplayer and model, Elsa Littlepage, who appeared at the Motor City Comic Con with Batman artist Steve Scott as Catwoman, will attend Shockacon as Battlestar Galactica’s Six, Tsubasacon as Neo Queen Serenity, and CharCon as Avacyn from Magic the Gathering.  

TODD FRAZER:  ARTIST, MUSICIAN

Graphic artist Todd Frazer has crossed-over into his original forte, music. Having successfully exhibited his comic and fantasy styled prints at the Huntington Art Walk ( the next Art Walk will be the third Thursday in October from 5-9 p.m. on Huntington’s Fourth Avenue), he has teamed with April Fletcher and Corey Bellville on Midnight Chronicles which offers  a fresh blend of hard rock with pop sensible melodies.

 

 

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