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WVMHoF documentary to premiere at the WVIFF April 19

WV Music Hall of Fame's new documentary "West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience" to premier April 19 at the WVIFF

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will premier it's new documentary, "West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience," April 19, at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston as part of the WVIFF. The film will air on WV Public Broadcasting later this spring.

The program begins at 6:30 and will include Steve Schmidt's short on WV native Calvin "Fuzzy" Haskins, co-founder of the legendary Parliament/Funkadelic, "Give Up the Fuzz," and a pair of Michael Valentine's music videos "The WV Mambo" and "I Feel Like a Woman."

"West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience" offers a fascinating look at some of the most prominent musicians to come from West Virginia, and how the "Mountain State Experience" influenced their lives and music.

Artists including Bill Withers, Brad Paisley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hazel Dickens, George Crumb, Kathy Mattea, Ann Magnuson, George Crumb, John Ellison, Everett Lilly, Charlie McCoy, Hazel Dickens, Peter Marshall, Little Jimmy Dickens, Billy Edd Wheeler and Billy Cox, recall their experiences growing up in West Virginia, and how those values and ideals helped shape their careers. Interviewees also include Larry Groce, the late Joe Dobbs and uber-successful WV songwriters Donnie Kees and Jeff Stevens.

Educational and inspiring, the documentary is suitable for all audiences. For students in particular, the film illustrates that growing up in a small town in a small state does not need to be a barrier to pursuing their dreams.

The film was produced by The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and features the talents of numerous filmmakers including Steven Schmidt, Bob Wilkerson, Jack Wright and Evan Shaw. Charleston native Anna Sale, host of WNYC's popular podcast, "Death, Sex & Money," narrates the film.

The hour-long documentary was funded by The West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia Legislature, and the Hamilton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit: http://www.wviff.org/
 
To purchase a copy of the film, or for information about setting up a screening:

304/342-4412; wvmhof@gmail.com

 

 

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