The Last Gallows: John Morgan’s Farewell
"Gallows" is a new dramatized documentary about the last public execution in West Virginia. John F. Morgan was convicted in 1897 of using a hatchet to murder three family members. He was hanged in front of a crowd of 5,000 spectators in Ripley. The incident was described in a 1965 bluegrass song by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
Film – “Prince Among Slaves”
“Prince Among Slaves” is the remarkable true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince enslaved in the American South who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or hope for freedom. A PBS production. (60 min).
Vietnam: WV Veterans Remember
More than 35,000 West Virginians served combat duty in Vietnam. Five of them are featured in this 1-hour documentary produced by WV Public Television. Admission is free. Donations are accepted for the Jackson County Hunting Heroes program.
Film – “America Before Columbus”
When Christopher Columbus stepped ashore in the New World, he actually encountered a very old world whose inhabitants had created a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals, and causeways. This National Geographic production sheds light on the world of ancient American history.
Vietnam: West Virginians Remember
On Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will show a documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting featuring the experiences of 5 West Virginia combat veterans. Per capita, West Virginians served the most and died the most in Vietnam. It lives on as America’s most controversial war – with questions unanswered, lessons not learned, and for veterans who survive, including thousands of West Virginians, haunting memories remain.
Look to the Sky Movie Premiere Event
This is a special viewing of the upcoming Netflix documentary, Look to the Sky. This heartwarming film features uplifting stories of young people who have demonstrated the iconic spirit of Superman by becoming real-life superheroes when facing life-threatening situations, homelessness, physical challenges and loss. This documentary, created by Brett Culp, explores the power of hope and the importance of positive ideals while encouraging viewers to find the superhero within themselves. Grab your cape and come celebrate the anniversary of helping families stay together and close to the care they need! 6 p.m. – Reception and 27th Anniversary Celebration 7 p.m. – Look to the Sky Movie Premiere (Approximately 1 hour) View the official trailer here: https://vimeo.com/138808132 For more information, please contact Sierra Lilac at 304-322-2072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Screening of Vietnam: West Virginians Remember, a documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting
A documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting featuring the experiences of 5 West Virginia combat soldiers. Per capita, West Virginians served the most and died the most in Vietnam. It lives on as America’s most controversial war – with questions unanswered, lessons not learned, and for veterans who survive, including thousands of West Virginians, haunting memories remain. Popcorn will be provided. Call 304-737-1551 closer to the event for more information and to register!
We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower
See the “First Thanksgiving” through Native American eyes in this episode of American Experience produced by PBS.
International Archaeology Day
Celebrate International Archaeology Day with the PBS film, “Secrets of the Dead: Headless Romans” (60 min). This documentary seeks to identify over 45 Roman era skeletons that were discovered in York, England. Placement of the skulls, along with cut marks on the bones, tell a tale of a violent end. New research will be discussed after the film.
WV FILMmakers Festival
The first West Virginia FILMmakers Festival was held in the spring of 2001 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in historic Sutton, West Virginia. Co-founded by Kevin Carpenter and Steve Fesenmaier to showcase West Virginia’s best filmmakers. Films are now shown primarily at the Elk Theatre, a Historic 1930s one-screen theater on Main Street in downtown Sutton. Filmmaking seminars, other festival activities, and after-parties with live music are held at the Landmark Studio for the Arts. Hosted every October, the festival has become the singular celebration of West Virginia Filmmakers. The festival is characterized by enlightening films, networking opportunities, live music, and great parties. The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival is a wonderful venue for meeting filmmakers, actors, and industry contacts, while experiencing the latest produced films reflecting trends, techniques, and technology. This three-day festival takes place every year on the first weekend of October with screening taking place in Historic Downtown Sutton, WV at the Elk Theatre. All access passes can be purchased before the festival at the official website listed below for $25. Passes at the door are $30 or $10 per screening. See event website for all details.