World Premiere Announced for Chicago Film ‘The West Virginian Starfish’

Multiple Hats Productions in partnership with Dune Grass Pictures announces that their new short film drama, “The West Virginian Starfish,” will hold its world premiere on April 22nd as part of the 17th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival.

The film is based on an award-winning screenplay written by Hyten Davidson who also co-directed the film with local director Tommy Martin. Starring Broadway veteran Christopher Gurr (The Blacklist), and leading actress Melanie McNulty (Rendezvous in Chicago) “The West Virginian Starfish” explores the rocky terrain of grief, closure, and the ways in which we heal or hurt ourselves in the process. 

The screenplay for “The West Virginian Starfish” first gained attention when it competed in Eleven 04’s First Backer Initiative Live Pitch Event in 2020. It was subsequently made possible by the support of Chicago production houses Eleven 04, Light Modifiers, and Mind Exchange Music. While shot in New York, the short utilized the talents of Chicago-based cinematographer Robert Dalley, gaffer and associate producer Carrie Graham, and sound editor Kelly Askam

For a preview of the film, enjoy a few official photos from the production…

This powerful short film follows a woman named Carly in the aftermath of her father’s disappearance by the Appalachian Trail in Harper’s Ferry, WV. She decides one night to retire her father’s old project—rescuing defeated thru-hikers off the trail—but not before picking up one last hiker. In a twist of fate, the man shares a story that may hold the key to her past while changing the course of her life forever. 

“The West Virginian Starfish” screens on Friday, April 22nd at 2:30pm at The Stone Theatres- Grand 14 at The Market Common. Tickets for Film Block 8 can be purchased for $15 at: https://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com/tickets

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