WV International Film Festival to present a full month of films and events

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia International Film Festival (WVIFF) is set to present a robust schedule of films and special events this September at the Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema and at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

The non-profit organization will show two feature films at their micro-cinema, as well as two special screenings that are already starting to sell out. WVIFF is also partnering with West Virginia filmmakers Douglas John Imbrogno and Bobby Lee Messer to present the world premiere of “House in the Clouds: The Artistic Life of Robert Singleton.”


Dreamin’ Wild – the true story of love and redemption, is about what happened to singer/songwriter Donnie Emerson and his family when the album he and his brother recorded as teens was rediscovered after thirty years of obscurity and was suddenly hailed by music critics as a lost masterpiece.

Fridays @ 7:30pm and Saturdays @ 5pm starting Sept. 8.

Jules – Jules follows Milton (Ben Kingsley) who lives a quiet life of routine in a small western Pennsylvania town, but finds his day upended when a UFO and its extra-terrestrial passenger crash land in his backyard.

Saturdays @ 7:30pm and Sundays @ 2:30pm starting Sept. 9.


King Coal – a feature-length documentary by West Virginia-raised and Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Curren Sheldon. A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, KING COAL meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry and the communities it has shaped. The film remixes present-day moments of life in the coalfields with archival footage and atmospheric invocations of the land to alchemize something new — a rare, nuanced depiction of our community.

Aug. 31 (Sold Out), Sept. 1 (Sold Out), Sept. 2 @ 5pm & 7:30pm, Sept. 3 (Sold Out), Sept. 6 @7pm, Sept. 13 @ 7pm.

This special feature follows the West Virginia premiere that took place on July 8th, presented at the Culture Center by WVIFF. King Coal has been showing in select theaters over the past year and has picked up awards and recognition from notable editorials and festivals. The New York Times selected the film as “Critics’ Pick”, and won the Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography by the River Run Film Festival, Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival, and more.

Oldboy – Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Park Chan-Wook’s cinematic masterpiece, Oldboy will be released in theaters, restored and remastered in stunning 4K. After being mysteriously kidnapped and imprisoned with no human contact for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su (Choi Min-sik) is suddenly released without any explanation.

Saturday, Sept. 23 @ 9:30pm.


House in the Clouds: The Artistic Life of Robert Singleton

Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences (Charleston, WV) Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 6-9pm.

The West Virginia International Film Festival presents the AmpMediaProject documentary by Doug John Imbrogno and Bobby Lee Messer, tracing the life and times, not all of them easy ones, of notable American artist Robert Singleton, now 85, who has lived and worked on a remote West Virginia hilltop since 1978 in a house he built.

Click here to learn more about the movie and it’s creators.

The film premiere begins at 7 pm, with filmgoers seated on the Clay Center main stage, in homage to the role classical music and creativity played in Robert’s tumultuous, often traumatic upbringing. The screening is preceded by a 6 p.m. reception in the Clay Center’s Juliet Art Museum, to view the current exhibit “The Possible Dream,” featuring one of his paintings. A Q-and-A on-stage with Robert follows the premiere.

Order tickets at https://secure.theclaycenter.org/9971 or call the box office during business hours at: 304-561-3570.

The soundtrack features a host of West Virginia-based musicians, including Spencer Elliott; dulcimer explorer Jim Probst; classical pianist Barbara Nissman (recently inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame; National Flatpick Champion Robin Kessinger and others.

For more info: https://houseintheclouds.movie

  • 6-7 pm Juliet Art Museum open for viewing Singleton’s work
  • 7-8 pm Maier Foundation Performance Hall hosts documentary screening
  • 8-8:30 pm Q&A with artist and filmmakers
  • 8:30-9 pm Reception

More info & tickets at WVIFF.ORG
The Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema by WVIFF is a nonprofit, independent movie theater that shows foreign, local, documentary, and indie films in an intimate setting. Located below Taylor Books’ Annex Gallery, visitors can enter through Taylor Books or through the alley entrance between Capitol and Hale Street. An elevator is available for attendees needing a handicap-accessible entry.

Tickets: Student/kids $5, Adult $10.


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