SUTTON, W.Va. – September 27, 2019 – The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival, celebrating its 20-year anniversary, will be held in Sutton’s Elk Theatre the weekend of October 4, 5 & 6, 2019.
A feature documentary celebrating the 20-year anniversary directed by filmmaker Bruce Hyer, with voice over by David Selby, will close the festival on Sunday, October 6 at 4:00pm.
The film includes interviews with festival co-founders Kevin Carpenter and Steve Fesenmeier, Academy Award nominated documentarian, and 2018 FILMmaker of the Year, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, and former West Virginia Film Office Director, Pam Haynes.
Also interviewed are FILMmakers of the Year: Daniel Boyd (Paradise Park, Chillers), Robert Tinnell (Back Fork, Feast of the Seven Fishes), Chip Hitchcock, Jacob Young and Russ Barbour and WV filmmakers David Smith, Patrick Felton, Ben Berry and Lisa Tignor. The documentary is produced by Caitlin Renée Campbell and Cathy Hyer.
“I tip my hat to Bruce Hyer,” Festival Director, Campbell said, “he has put together a great documentary. It started with the idea of celebrating 20 years of the festival and it developed into more than that. The passion in this State for ‘Mountains + Movies’ is tremendous. We are grateful to everyone who was able to participate.”
Bruce Hyer is a filmmaker who splits time between Georgia and West Virginia. He is a partner in OutdoorFlics, a digital agency specializing in commercial film production and digital marketing campaigns. Bruce and his wife Cathy created Hafodgau Films to provide a base for their work for non-profits. In the last decade, Hafodgau Films has produced many short films, as well as the 2017 feature film, End of the World Rocks.
David Selby was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. He received B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. In addition to his regular series roles, as Quentin Collins in Dark Shadows and Richard Channing in Falcon Crest, he has made guest appearances on numerous television shows throughout the years including The Waltons, Kojak, Ally McBeal, Cold Case, Mad Men, Rizzoli & Isles, Legion and – most recently – Castle Rock, to name a few. In film, David has worked with noted directors such as Tim Burton, George Cukor, David Fincher, Joel Schumacher, and Ridley Scott. In addition to acting for the stage and screen, he is a published writer of memoirs, plays, poems and novels. You can catch David in the Saturday night feature film Back Fork directed by and starring, WV FILMmaker, Josh Stewart. David will appear with the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society to narrate Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 7:30 PM in Santa Maria, California. For more information on David Selby, visit his website at: www.davidselby.com
To purchase tickets for the festival and for more information visit: wvfilmmakersfestival.org/festival.