Events


Thursday, March 20

(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
5:00 - 5:45 PM: Guest Filmmaker Presentation with Lydia Moyer

Lydia Moyer is a visual artist and media maker who lives and works in central Virginia.  Since 2006, she has directed the new media program in the art department at the University of Virginia.  Prior to beginning her graduate studies is studio art at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, she worked both in commercial video post-production in Manhattan and taught community documentary at Appalshop, a nationally known media center in Appalachian Kentucky.  Her work has been shown widely in film and video festivals including The European Media Arts Festival in Osnabruck, Germany; The Impakt Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands;  video_dumbo in Brooklyn; the PDX Festival in Portland, Oregon; and the Black Maria Festival in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Lydia Moyer

(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Refreshments: Pizza, drinks, popcorn, and coffee of course...

(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
7:00 - 9:00 PM: Film Screenings (Experimental, Narrative, Documentary... a little bit of everything...)



Friday, March 21

(Art Museum and Education Center)
1:00 - 2:30 PM: Filmmaking Seminar with West Virginia filmmaker Justin Litton: Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

Justin Litton is a filmmaker from Scotts Depot, West Virginia. He holds a Master of Arts in Filmmaking from Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, United Kingdom; and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from West Virginia State University. He has been a Filmmakers Guild member since 2009 and a Festival Editor at West Virginia Filmmakers Festival. Justin’s film “Displacement” won awards from the West Virginia International Film Festival, The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, and the Mountaineer Short Film and Video Festival. Mr. Litton has leveraged his knowledge of digital filmmaking technology to create visual projects that are cutting edge. His work with HDSLR cameras, motion graphics, and lighting have made him a sought after videographer in the Charleston/Huntington WV area. Justin will give a filmmaking workshop on color correction at this year’s festival.

Justin Litton

(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Film Screenings: Pure Animation! mostly...

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(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
9:00 - 11:00 PM: Film Screenings: Student works!

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Saturday, March 22

(Art Museum and Education Center)
10:30 - 11:30 AM: Filmmaking Workshop with guest filmmaker Michael Lies

Pittsburgh filmmaker Michael Lies will give a workshop on managing the production of a film from start to finish. Mr. Lies is an award winning filmmaker recognized by film organizations in New York, Pittsburgh, and Florence, Italy. In 2012 his screenplay “The Tenth Door” was awarded 1st Prize in the Short Film Scripts competition by the Harlem International Film Festival. It was also named a finalist in the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival competition.

This year we are pleased to screen Michael’s 1st short film, “Afternoon Of A Faun.” Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, “Afternoon Of A Faun” is a 12-minute short that was filmed in 16mm and shot mostly in West Virginia’s Blackwater Falls. It was the first film project to be awarded a film grant through Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and its first screening was at the Mattress Factory, in Pittsburgh, in 1976.



(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
12:00 - 1:30 PM: Film Screenings: Young Filmmakers, Shorts and Documentaries.

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(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
1:45 - 3:00 PM: Film Screenings: Stories from around the world and around the region.

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(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
3:30 - 5:00 PM: Roundtable Discussion: "New Voices: Changing Perspectives to Faith and Spirituality in Modern Cinema."

Hosted by Patrick Felton, with filmmakers Bob Wilkinson, Eric "Doc" Benson and Tyler Smith.

The way people of faith consume, create, and portray content is changing forever. As technology changes the way cultures relate to themselves, the parameters for religious expression become more divisive. Meanwhile the spectrum of religious experiences devotees self-identify with continues to pluralize. As a result many religious artists find themselves 'alone yet not alone.' Patrick Felton attempts to untangle these paradoxes with three unique voices on faith and spirituality: award winning documentarian Bob Wilkinson (upcoming documentary on Hare Krishna ); Christian film podcaster Tyler Smith (More Than One Lesson, Battleship Pretension); and Christian filmmaker Eric 'Doc' Benson ('Seven Deadly Words'). Felton et al. will talk about the role of religion in cinema, the changing persona of faith-based media, and the tension between message and craft.

Patrick Felton is an actor, playwright, filmmaker, and arts advocate from Charleston WV. Patrick holds a Masters of Arts in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communication. A staunch advocate for West Virginians in film, Patrick has worked previously with the West Virginia International Film Festival and West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, of which he acted as director.

Dr. Eric Benson: Beginning with a career in Railroad Management, Dr. Eric Benson made the switch to media and ministry in the early 1990's. From that point on, Doc worked as a producer, newscaster, station manager, director, voice artist, and feature film actor. His articles on church, family, and rural life have been printed in magazines and newspapers across the globe, eventually earning him the West Virginia Press Association's Top Columnist award.

Both Doc and his recent feature film, "Seven Deadly Words" www.sevendeadlywords.com have won numerous awards, with SDW now picked up for international distribution.

Tyler Smith: Tyler Smith attended Columbia College Chicago, where he graduated with a degree in Film/Video. He is the co-founder and co-host of movie podcast Battleship Pretension, which began in 2007. In 2009, he started a second podcast, called More Than One Lesson, which approaches film from a Christian perspective. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jenny.

Bob Wilkinson: After a ten year career at West Virginia Public Broadcasting Bob Wilkinson started Hillbilly Hipster Films, a company concentrating on gathering individual stories and history of the Appalachia region.  During his time at WV Public Broadcasting he produced four feature documentaries (Rounding Third, John Browns Body, Hom’sted, Mountain Stage:  Scotland) and served as Cinematographer/Editor on the Emmy Award winning program The Last Chapter:  End of Life Care.  As an independent filmmaker he has produced and directed three feature length documentaries. (Adopt-A-Jesus, Shades of Gray, Romeo Must Hang) His film Shades of Gray was awarded 2008 Best Documentary and Romeo Must Hang won 2011 Best Film and 2011 Best Documentary Feature at the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival.  Romeo Must Hang was also awarded Best Documentary at the 2012 Appalachian Film Festival.  Both films are nationally distributed.

Wilkinson also has served as Line Producer on two feature films (Hunted, Mothman Chronicles) and is currently filming his fourth independent documentary Village of God, the story of the Hare Krishna movement in West Virginia. 

 

Patrick Felton
Doc Benson
Tyler Smith
Bob Wilkinson

(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
5:00 PM: Awards Ceremony

(Art Museum and Education Center)
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Looped Film Projections

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(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Film Screenings: Escape!The final evening begins with works addressing this year's theme of "Escape".


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(Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center)
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Film Screenings: New media, cool media, strange media and even some "unclassifiable" media.

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