The Documentary Feature Category is open to all non-fiction films of feature length. Films with a particular connection to West Virginia are encouraged to submit.
Lincoln County Massacre (2011) (58:56) – WORLD PREMIERE
Dir: Elaine McMillion
At a time when every motorcyclist was stereotyped as a “Hell’s Angel,” The Bootleggers and the Brothers of the Wheel motorcycle club members received a brutal beating by the West Virginia State Police in Lincoln County, West Virginia. Through interviews with the club members, eyewitnesses and attorneys, Lincoln County Massacre tells the story of the events leading up to April 19, 1980, the three years that followed and police brutality in West Virginia today.
Romeo Must Hang (2011) (70:35) – WORLD PREMIERE
Dir: Bob Wilkinson
In 1931, a woman and her three young children left their home in Chicago, en route to a new life with a man who promised a home, affection and security. Three weeks later they were found dead —— buried in a ditch in a small West Virginia town. . . and they were not alone.
This is a story that transfixed an entire nation for months; a story that came to be immortalized in a classic Hollywood film (Night of the Hunter, starring Robert Mitchum); and even as it has faded into obscurity, its effect echoes even still —— every time the news media latches on to a serial killer in an attempt to profitize from scaring the living hell out of you.