By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – The movie “Moving Mountains” is set to premiere in Charleston today at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theatre at 6:30 p.m.
The movie, which was filmed in, and centered around, Mingo County, tells the story of Trish Bragg of Pie (portrayed by actress Theresa Russell), as she and her friends fight for safe drinking water after a deep mine destroyed their wells.
“Moving Mountains” was filmed in Mingo County, Charleston, Shepherdstown and Martinsburg, and features the work of many actors, musicians, crew members and extras from West Virginia. It also received assistance from the West Virginia Film Industry Investment Act.
At the screening today, those in attendance can meet Trish Bragg, Penny Loeb and many of the actors, crew and musicians. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to community groups. Tickets have been on sale for $10 each at http://www.tugg.com/events/10397. Some will still be available at the door today.
The film, which has been favorably received at different film festivals, spans a decade and reportedly features an “unexpected ending.”
The West Virginia actors included in the film are: Greg Harpold, Michael (Meredith) Martin, Taylor Horst, John Halstead, Tina Larson, James Butcher, Dustin Tichenor, Wyatt Payne, Lisa Gandee, Dennis Harrison, James Caniford, Danielle H. Moore, Jeannie Young, Ricardo Accurso and T. Paige Dalporto (who also composed songs heard in the movie).
Other West Virginia musicians include Debra Schultz, Craig Nobles, Megan Carpenter, Elaine Purkey and Arlene Varney. Scott Carpenter, who also acted, arranged the score. Editor Kevin Rhoades, now in Brooklyn, New York, was a longtime filmmaker in West Virginia.
The film was a finalist for Best Christian Feature at Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, where Russell was nominated for Best Actress, and Rachel St. Gelais won second place as Best Youth Actor. Russell also was nominated for Best Actress at the Hoboken International Film Festival, while the upcoming New Hope Film Festival program features the film in its lead story.
To stay updated on the film, check the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/movingmountainsthemovie. Other West Virginia screenings will be announced soon.