‘The Heartbeat of Morgantown’ to debut tonight
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 5, 2012 08:10
Locals attending Friday night’s Arts Walk should stick around after for a cinematic hometown treat.
The Monongalia Arts Center is presenting the premiere of "The Heartbeat of Morgantown" at the Tanner Theater immediately following the Arts Walk festivities. The short film, directed by Zach Labin with filming and editing assistance from Jon Skocik, highlights the people, character and spirit of Morgantown.
Admission is free and will feature a Q&A with Labin, as well as live performances from local bands.
The documentary, airing during Fall Family Weekend at WVU, gives out-of-state students and families an opportunity to see all Morgantown has to offer outside of University life.
Local resident Sam Perkins said she is thrilled to be able to attend the debut a film centered in her hometown.
"I hope that this movie gives people to opportunity to see that this town is more than just crazy WVU students," Perkins said. "I’ve always had an interest in photography and film, so I’m very excited to see Labin come back here and have an open Q&A session. He has a lot of talent and passion as a director."
Labin, a Morgantown native and Morgantown High School graduate, went back to his roots to create the short film, which showcases the unique and nostalgic aspects of his hometown.
With a degree in video production from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Labin has a dedicated passion for film and has focused his career on directing.
Nicknamed as "the Zach of all trades," Labin has had a wide range of success outside of directing. Working with camera, set and sound departments, he continues to build his prolific portfolio.
He has worked alongside actors such as James Franco, and Labin has worked for television networks including The History Channel, The CW and Discovery on various film, television and video projects.
Labin combined his talents and efforts with Skocik, a Pittsburgh native with vast experience in editing, filming and producing, to bring the short flick together.
Skocik, a prominent figure in the Pittsburgh film industry, has more than 13 years of experience and produced two independent films.
"Even if you don’t attend the Arts Walk, I think this film is a really enjoyable way to wind down your evening and get to know the culture here during parents’ weekend," Perkins said. "I hope people will see that it’s more than Country Roads."
Don’t miss this chance to have a relaxing night of entertainment that’s suitable for the whole Mountaineer family.