Showcase of Local Black Filmmakers’ Works Set for Feb. 7 in Wheeling

WHEELING — On Friday, Feb. 7, Wheeling Heritage and the YWCA Wheeling present The Ohio Valley Festival for Filmmakers of Color.

This first-time event will showcase creative amateur filmmakers from Wheeling, Martins Ferry, Bridgeport, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Duarte, California.

This is also the first of its kind to take place in the Ohio Valley. Participants will be asked to submit a short film that is not to exceed 10-15 minutes in duration. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St. The audience will be welcomed and encouraged to mingle, eat and partake of the refreshments.

Then at 6:30 p.m., the screening of the films will begin.

The films will be introduced by each director or creative team before they are screened. Afterward, the audience is encouraged to donate to the film, director or creative team of their choosing using the gallery of movie poster displays. Light food and beverages will be provided. Admission is free and open to the public.

Filmmakers being showcased will include Mikaya Green, Shawn Holmes, Keith Banks, Andre Paige, Demarise Darnell, Miguel Tapia Jr., Dayne Jefferson, Ron Scott Jr. and Marcellus Cox.


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