West Virginia Filmmaker Finally Makes Films Available

Steve Fesenmaier writes "WV Filmmaker Ray Schmitt Creates His Website

Ray Schmitt has been making films since the 1970s - besides playing music and keeping his day job at the Congressional Research Service in DC. He retired to WV to his summer home in Hardy County several years ago, and since then has been producing films at an unequaled speed. He has made a short feature about UFOs in Hardy County, "The Lights." He has made some very good documentaries about some of our state's best artists - Twigman, Robert Singleton, and Jim Clark so far. Most recently he has produced his film profile about the Tusing Sisters of Lost Creek, Hardy County. While still working for the CRS he made the best documentary I have ever seen about retirement, "$4 Trillion and Counting: The Pension System in America." I certainly did not know anything about the various federal laws that created quite recently our retirement system. Ray has also made an excellent film about a world-class bellydancer, "Adriana: Shadows on Yellow Silk." During the last few year no WV filmmaker has been more of a film activist, coming to WV Filmmakers' Guild meetings at Sutton, working with other WV filmmakers, showing real solidarity. His proposal to make a film for a few thousand dollars on the 250th anniversary of Hampshire County, WV's oldest county, was unjustly turned down by the WV Humanities Council recently. Luckily his colleagues at the Library of Congress respect his work, and have shown his films, most recently "The Texture of Life," the Tusing Sisters film. Hopefully public libraries and other community groups inside WV and around the country and world will purchase copies of all of his fine films. He will be showing "The Texture of Life" and "Until I Become Light" as part of the WV Film Week at the Pioneer Theater in New York City on Saturday, March 27th. His new website where you can do this is - http://www.realearthproductions.com/."

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