Festival a chance to see 'good movies'

June 14, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A scaled-back Shepherdstown Film Festival starts Friday at the Shepherdstown Opera House.

It is the third year the Shepherdstown Film Society and the Shepherdstown Opera House have collaborated on the film festival, which aims to bring "good movies" to Shepherdstown, says organizer and film society founder Lisa Welch.

Three films - "The Namesake," "Amazing Grace" and "Avenue Montaigne" - will be screened in four days, Friday through Monday, June 18.

"Amazing Grace" (2006), a PG-rated historical drama, tells the story of how William Wilberforce battled two centuries ago in the English Parliament to end Britain's participation in the slave trade. Run time is 111 minutes. "Amazing Grace" will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday with a discussion to follow the Friday screening.


In the PG-13-rated drama "The Namesake" (2005), the story follows two generations of an Indian family struggling with both tradition and modern life as they make their way in America. Run time is 122 minutes. "The Namesake" will be shown at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The film "Avenue Montaigne" (2007), rated PG-13 for some strong language and brief sexuality, is a mix of comedy, drama and romance. Jessica moves to Paris only to find herself in a world full of quirky characters. French with English subtitles. Run time is 100 minutes. "Avenue Montaigne" will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

If you go ...

WHAT: Shepherdstown Film Festival

WHEN: Friday, June 15, through Monday, June 18

WHERE: Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va.

COST: $8. Tickets are available at Shepherdstown Sweet Bakery Shop (304-876-2432), 100 W. German St., Shepherdstown. Tickets also can be purchased online, at

MORE: For more information, contact Lisa Welch at 304-876-1837 or via e-mail,; or Mina Goodrich at 304-876-2159 or via e-mail,


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