Chicago designed “The West Virginian Starfish” set for the Au Cinema Festival | Chicago Reel
Announcement of Multiple Hats Productions in partnership with Dune Grass Pictures West Virginia Starfish will have its Chicago premiere on August 26 as part of the first annual Festival Au Cinema at the Den Theatre.
To date, the film has racked up myriad nominations and wins at film festivals across the country, including winning Best Short Film at the famed Long Island Film Expo 2022 in July.
The film is based on an award-winning screenplay written by Hyten Davidson who also co-directed the film with local director Tommy Martin. With a Broadway veteran Christopher Gurr (The Blacklist) and lead actress Melanie McNulty (See you in Chicago) West Virginia Starfish explores the rocky terrain of grief, closure, and the ways we heal or hurt ourselves in the process.
The scenario of West Virginia Starfish first gained attention when he participated in Eleven 04’s First Backer Initiative live pitch event in 2020. It was later made possible through the support of Eleven 04, Light Modifiers and Mind ExchangeMusic. Filmed in New York, the short film used the talents of the Chicago-based cinematographer Robert Dalleygaffer and associate producer Carrie Grahamsound editor Kelly Askamand the music of Donny Walker.
This powerful short follows a woman named Carly following her father’s disappearance via the Appalachian Trail in Harper’s Ferry, WV. She decides one evening to abandon her father’s old project – rescuing defeated hikers from the trail – but not before picking up one last hiker. By a twist of fate, the man shares a story that could hold the key to his past while forever changing the course of his life.
West Virginia Starfish screens Friday, August 26 at 8:30 p.m. in the ‘Chicago Shorts’ block with an encore performance Sunday, August 28 at 1 p.m. at the Den Theater, 1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Tickets can be purchased HERE.
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