West Virginia Filmmakers Festival Announces Lineup


World Premieres, Low-budget Thriller Highlight Screenings

Sutton, WV, September 6 – WVPBS documentarian Bob Wilkinson’s Romeo Must Hang will kick off the 12th annual The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival on Thursday September 29 in Sutton, WV. The film is one of 8 films premiering at this year’s festival. The festival runs through Sunday October 2 at the Elk Theater and Landmark Studio For the Arts in Sutton WV.  30 films will compete in 7 categories for over $2000 in cash prizes.

Highlights from this year’s festival include:

  • Opening Night World Premiere : Romeo Must Hang/Night Of The Hunter (Thursday September 29 7:00 PM Elk Theater) WV Public Broadcasting Veteran Bob Wilkinson presents the World Premiere of his chilling documentary. The film tells the exploits and trial of infamous Lonely Hearts Killer Harry Powers. Powers, who lured his victims to their death at his Quiet Dell WV farm was immortalized in the classic film “Night Of The Hunter,” A WV-based film classic that many consider to be the greatest film ever made. Romeo Must Hang raises new and troubling question about society’s perverse and often baffling relationship with America’s first modern serial killer.  A special 16mm screening will follow of the classic Robert Mitchum film will immediately follow. Don’t miss this night!
  • Special Advance Screening: Memory Lane (Saturday October 1 8:00 Elk Theater) Wheeling Filmmaker Shawn Holmes much anticipated low budget thriller screens Saturday October 1 at 8:00 PM following the Awards Ceremony. The film stars Michael Guy Allen (Doughboy, Super 8) An orphaned war-veteran who journeys into the afterlife on a quest to hunt down his fiancé’s killer by stopping and starting his own heart. This thrilling and stylish feature film was shot in and around Wheeling WV on a budget of under $300.
  • The Fat Boy Chronicles  (Saturday October 1 6:00 PM Elk Theater) Based on the beloved Young Adult novel by Michel Buchannan, The Fat Boy Chronicles tells the story of 14 year old Jimmy Winterpock, a 14 year old freshman struggling with obesity and bullying. Jimmy Winterpock at age fourteen is 5’5 and weighs 187 pounds. Outside the comfort of his family and church, life for Jimmy is a constant struggle. The cruel taunts of his classmates make going to school or playing sports a humiliating experience. Yet, he still manages to focus on his goals; to lose weight and win over the girl of his dreams. Both filmmaker Jason Winn and author Mike Buchanan will be in attendance for this uplifting family screening. More information is available at http://thefatboychronicles.com/)

Wednesday-  September 28

Lewis Theater, Lewisburg WV

(Admission is Free)

6:00:             @Rockstars (Student Short) 30 min

@Pocahontas County Children (Documentary Short) : 24

7:00               @Creature From The Back-Lit Room (Animation)

Take One Tablet (Short Film)

Wild Things (Animation)

@Cordially, Georgia O’Keeffe (Short Film)

7:30               @A Chrome Horse And a Diplomat (Short Film)

Black Damp

            Thursday – September 29

Landmark Studio For The Arts.

7:00              @*Romeo Must Hang (Documentary Feature)

9:00              @#Night Of The Hunter (Feature)

@Portrait of Bombay (Documentary Short)

Friday – September 30

Elk Theater, Sutton WV

5:30               @*Seth Martin & Friends: Elk Hotel (Short Film)

@*Lincoln County Massacre (Documentary Feature)

7:30               Take One Tablet (Short)

@*AI MEANS LOVE (Narrative Feature)

9:00               Get Off My Porch (Narrative Short)

@The Deposition  (Narrative Feature)

11:00             @*Delirifacients  (Experimental Short)

Year Of The Donkey (Horror Feature)

Saturday October 1

 Landmark Studio For The Arts

1:15                 Filmmakers Mix Tape Block

@*Can’t Stand Another Day

@Give Up The Fuzz 11:11

@Musicians Of Morocco 11:00

@Salute To Senator Byrd 3:41

@Rockstars 30:00

2:30              Student Block

@Memory Trail         5:05

@Doggone!  25:00

@The Devil & Tom Walker 13:12

@Produce 5:05

3:30             Shorts Block

@The Fun In Funeral 28:02

@Encounter Attack 5:00

                       @Cordially, Georgia O’Keeffe 7:00

@Everything’s For Sale 26:32

5:00             Documentary Block


@*Pocahontas County Children: A Visual Diary

@Wonderment Puppet Theater

6:00               #The Fatboy Chronicles

8:00               WVFF Awards Ceremony

The Game

8:30              @#Memory Lane (Advance Screening)

Sunday October 2

1:00                 Filmmaker Of The Year Award – Landmark

2:00                Experimental Program

@*A Travel Guide To Pangaea

Flesh Rails

3:00              Butterfly Wings

4:00             Audience Choice Winner

5:00            #Closing Night Film: TBA

*indicates World Premiere

#indicates Non-Competition Gala Screening

@indicates WV Film

Full details of the films and their filmmakers will be forthcoming.

Screenings will be held at The Elk Theater (192 Main Street Sutton) and The Landmark Studio For the Arts (401 Main Street, Sutton, WV)‎ and Admission is $5.00 per screening or 20 dollars for a festival pass. Tickets and Festival Passes are available for purchase during the festival at WVFF Headquarters at the Elk Hotel or online at http://www.WVfilmmakersguild.org

More information will be available at http:://www.wvfilmmakersfestival.org

Now in its eleventh year, the West Virginia Filmmaker’s Festival is the state’s only film festival dedicated to the exhibition of films made by, for , and with West Virginia. In 2010 The West Virginia Filmmakers Guild adopted operation of the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival from Landmark Studio For The Arts. More information regarding the WV Filmmakers Guild, including advance ticket sales are available at http://www.wvfilmmakersguild.org

A limited number of press passes are available for journalists interested in covering the festival. Journalists may apply for press credentials at via EMAILMEFORM at


The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival is sponsored by The Elk Hotel, The Elk Theater, Landmark Studio For The Arts, Café Cimino Country Inn, Days Hotel, Braxton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Marti Gras Casino and Resort and WV Education & The Arts.



About Patrick Felton

Patrick Felton is director of the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival
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