WV FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2011 WINNERS:
SPECIAL CATEGORY: Out Of Towners Award (Presented by Days Hotel): Get Off My Porch – Patrick Rea
Best Experimental/Music Video/Animaton (Presented by Exodus FX): Flesh Rails – Asha Tamirsa
Best Student Film (Presented by Poncho’s Southwest Grill): Rockstars: The Pete Weaver Experience – Laura Holliday
Best Narrative Short (Presented by Mardi Gras Casino And Resort): Everything’s For Sale: Eric Havi
Documentary Short (Presented by Town Square Market and Cave): The Game – Robert Tinnell
Best Narrative Feature (Presented by Gen11 Studios): The Deposition – Edward Mensore
Best Documentary Feature (Presented by Cafe Cimino Country In): Romeo Must Hang – Bob Wilkinson
SPECIAL AWARD: DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: Lincoln County Massacre – Elaine McMillion
2011 WV FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR – ROBERT TINNELL
BEST FILM – ROMEO MUST HANG – Bob Wilkinson
Congratulations to all our winners.
Standby for winners for the WV Filmmakers Festival.
Want to remind everyone that the WV Filmmakers Guild meeting starts at 11:00 on the dot at the Landmark Studio For The Arts (You know, in case you aren’t from around here and assumed that all meetings start late) http://ow.ly/6GYJk
Our block of music films just started with a music video from the band Grim Jack. That guy really likes to strut!
Night two of the festival was a resounding success. Thanks to the filmmakers behind “Seth Martin & Friends” “Lincoln County Massacre’ “Take One tablet” “Get Off My Porch” “AI Means Love” “Delirifacients” and “Year Of The Donkey” for making this a truly memorable night of film. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sleep because I have become untethered.
Just got done doing a Q&A with Sun Jae Smith and the crew from Lightsmith Productions, the people behind AI Means Love, which is premiering right now. These are some of the best people I’ve ever met, in terms of the content of their films, but moreover, the content of their souls.
I first became acquainted with the work of Lightsmith Productions in 2008, when I was the judge for the West Virginia International Film Festival’s Student Competition. I immediatly fell in love with their film “Soul Search” a sort of modern retelling of the Faust myth, with a decidedly Judeo-christian slant.
Their films consistently involve a group of generally good people who are encountered with a problem and join together as a community to solve that problem.
What sets Lightsmith pro’s films apart is the makeup of its crew and cast. Director Mie Smith and producer Sun Jae Smith have populated their production company with a colorful assortment of individuals from many different cultures including Katie Tsubata, who has scribed their last three films. Their casts are always very ethnically diverse, and they often feature actors who are clearly speaking English as a second language.
What does this say about WV Filmmaking? First, it says that we aren’t necessarily who we thought we were. These films reflect a new population in the eastern panhandle which is increasingly becoming more cosmopolitan.
I think what most sets Sunjae, Mie, Katie, and the rest of their company apart is the inherant heart and earnestness that permiates their work. There is a level of goodness, sweetness, and open spirituality that is tragically gone from the rest of filmmaking today. Where else are you likely to hear the story of Japanese Christians who immigrate to WV to avoid religious persecution. That’s a whole lot more interesting to me than watching a bunch of white guys play guitar on an abandoned bridge
Sutton is electric right now! We got music blaring outside, and the Posse from Brainwrap Productions has just taken over the Elk Theater for the screening of their newest “Seth Martin and Friends” short. This one is set in the Elk Hotel!