RealWV to present screening tour of ‘IMPOSSIBLE TOWN: A West Virginia Story’

RONCEVERTE, W.Va. – Beginning this month, Filmmakers Meg Griffiths and Scott Faris, in partnership with The RealWV, will present a regional-screening tour of their new documentary, IMPOSSIBLE TOWN. 

Watch the trailer for IMPOSSIBLE TOWN.

Filmed primarily on-location in Oak Hill, Beckley, and Charleston, West Virginia,  IMPOSSIBLE TOWN follows the real-life story of former State Health Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad as she navigates a decades-long struggle to aid a rural town plagued by cancer-causing chemicals. The film meticulously explores the dual nature of trauma; showing how loss can both motivate people to move forward toward ambitious goals, while simultaneously paralyzing them in its grip.

IMPOSSIBLE TOWN marks the feature-length directorial debut of both Griffiths, and West Virginia native-Faris. The documentary’s world premiere was held in May at the 45th Mountainfilm Festival, in Telluride, Colorado, and makes its West Virginia debut at Clarksburg’s MTN Craft Film Festival on Sept. 30. IMPOSSIBLE TOWN has support from the International Documentary Association, The Redford Center, DOC NYC Industry Roundtables, The Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, and From the Heart Productions.

“It has long been our dream to tell an honest, nuanced, and fundamentally human story about West Virginia, a state that is too often misunderstood and misrepresented in stories produced outside the state.,” Co-directors Griffiths and Faris said. “We hope viewers will come with an open mind and an open heart to watch this film about true WV heroes and the limits of their heroism.”

Stephen Baldwin, publisher of the RealWV, added, “As the teller of West Virginia’s real stories, we are honored to present this film which so beautifully chronicles Dr. Amjad’s important work.”

The full IMPOSSIBLE TOWN regional-screening tour schedule:

  • Clarksburg, W.Va.: MTN Craft Film Festival – Sat., Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Rust Belt and Appalachia Doc Fest – Sun., Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
  • Morgantown, W.Va.: Gluck Theatre at WVU – Tues., Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wheeling, W.Va.: Towngate Theatre at Oglebay Institute – Thurs., Oct 5, at 7 p.m.
  • Charleston, W.Va.: The Culture Center Theatre – Fri. Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.
  • Fayetteville, W.Va.: Historic Fayette Theatre – Sat., Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.
  • Beckley, W.Va.: The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre – Sun., Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m.

This screening series is made possible with support from Anonymous Was a Woman in partnership with The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Real WV, and Universe Creative.

For more information about the film and upcoming screenings, visit the film’s website:


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