We have a budding film industry of sorts here in West Virginia, and in the coming weeks you have four chances to throw some weight, money and support behind their efforts.

front-bigFirst up, we have director Eamon Hardiman and his Razor Sharp crew, who are almost finished with “Pig Girl,” their continuation of the Porkchop saga. They’re trying to raise funds for post production and expenses for touring the festival and convention circuit with it. To help finance these endeavors they are re-releasing a limited edition shirt from their epic thriller, “Zombie Babies.”

There’s less than two weeks left in the Booster campaign, and the shirts are only fifteen bucks, so you really ought to hit up the website and order one, or a bunch. You could even field a softball team if you bought enough.


Wednesday afternoon, you can trek on down to West Virginia State University (in the Davis Fine Arts Building) for the second annual Student Film and Video Festival. A Film Festival is generally an event where different filmmakers gather to screen their work for an audience. At WVSU, it’s an event where works from undergrads and grad students from ANY department, along with high school students from across West Virginia are selected to screen in competition for cash prizes.

Longtime readers of PopCult know that I look down on artistic competitions, but since this will still be a screening of cool student films, I’ll overlook that aspect. Films will be screened in four catagories: NARRATIVE; ABSTRACT (music videos/animations/experimental), PROMOTIONAL; and
HIGH SCHOOL (which can encompass any type of work).

The event runs from 4 PM to 8 PM, and is free to everyone. Here’s a promo film for you to check out…

WVSU Student Film & Video Festival PROMO from Sam Holdren on Vimeo.

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Foxy & Co. coming to SyFy, March 18

March 18, RJ “Rob” Haddy, our local FX makeup wizard, auteur of the upcoming movie “The Family Business” and popular contestant on SyFy’s “Face Off,” returns to the network of “Sharknado” as part of a special presentation, “Foxy & Co.” As the show’s PR tells us, tune in as popular former “Face Off” contestant Eric Fox (aka Foxy) is taking on Hollywood with his charmingly sinister personality and characteristic good humor in the original Syfy docu-special (that means it’s a pilot for a potential new series), “Foxy & Co.” Foxy appeared on season four of “Face Off” and became an immediate fan favorite thanks to his original style, wild imagination and mad-scientist-like creations.

This all-new special follows Foxy as he opens up his very own creature effects shop with the help of fellow former “Face Off” contestants Nicole Chilelli, RJ Haddy and Roy Wooley. But this time, instead of competing against each other, the artists have come together as one unbelievably creative force. From creating dozens of zombies for the upcoming Brian Pulido film Zack the Zombie Exterminator to an inspirational breast cancer awareness campaign for the Los Angeles County Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the team dives into each job with artistic passion and consistently hold themselves to only the highest of standards.


The very talented Austin Susman is having a one-man film festival on March 22 at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater. For the past four years Austin has been creating terrific short films with some of the brightest actors in the Charleston area. He’s been posting them on YouTube, but feels that they are meant to be shown on the big screen.

So the plan is that, at WVSU Capitol Center Theatre on March 22, at 1 PM, you have a chance to see the best Austin Susman Productions on the big screen, all presented by everyone’s favorite tall person Daniel Calwell! Admission is free.

Films To Be Shown Include (But are not limited to)
Bike Cops Of Haycraft City
Hurdle Mountain
There’s Something About Bigfoot
Jonathan Tucker’s O’Holy Night