Film

"Keep on pickin'"-- That's one of the many mantras of legendary composer, conductor, and performer David Amram. He used that mantra when sending out his composition portfolio to job prospects. Several times that portfolio was returned to him unopened, so he simply changed the address on the package and sent it out again. In 1966, however, his portfolio caught the attention of another legendary composer and performer, Leonard Bernstein, and he received the position of composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic. 

Rebecca Kiger

This week on Inside Appalachia, we talk with Marcus Murrow, a West Virginia native who’s telling the story of southern West Virginia, and the surprising way cultural divides are sometimes bridged in and around Appalachia. He's working on a film called Staring up from the Mine Shaft.

The new movie Out of The Furnace is making waves in theaters this holiday season for its bleak revenge-laden storyline, but most importantly, for its performances. The movie stars six actors who have either won or been nominated for Academy Awards. Christian Bale, known more recently as Batman, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Willem Defoe, Forest Whitaker, and Sam Shepard. But there’s another male actor in the film that you probably haven’t heard about, at least until now: Morgantown native Bobby Wolfe.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Farmers and officials at the State Department of Health and Human Resources have different opinions on the value of raw milk and Morgantown actor Bobby Wolfe hit big with a role in the film Out of the Furnace, starring Hollywood heavyweights Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Forrest Whitaker.

The company that published Crapalachia by West Virginia writer Scott McClanahan is venturing into film and one of their first projects will be based on the legend of a Greenbrier County woman murdered in 1897.

John Nakashima
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For more than 30 years, John Nakashima has made documentaries at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. But he’s also done more.

He co-edited the cult classic film “Chillers,” and worked on animated films, like “The Griffin and the Minor Canon," which is based on a book of short stories penned by Frank Stockton. Nakashima is now being honored by his filmmaking colleagues with the state’s award for Filmmaker of the Year.

  Here is the 26 minute documentary, Clifftop:

Festival for WV filmmakers and film lovers

Sep 27, 2013
Beth Vorhees

The 14th annual WV Filmmakers Festival kicks off this coming Friday at the Elk Theater in Sutton in Braxton County. Dozens of films from around the globe will be screened over 3 days including a dozen or so from West Virginia's filmmakers many of whom will be in attendance.

Journalist and author Wil Haygood
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In most cases, a novel or biography inspires a film. But for journalist and author Wil Haygood, the sequence has been dramatically different.  A November 7th, 2008 article by Haygood in The Washington Post inspired the Lee Daniels film The Butler and then Haygood went back to write the book, The Butler: A Witness to History.