The 70-minute film is by West Virginia native, filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz professor Beth Stephens and her collaborator/life partner, Annie Sprinkle, a feminist adult film star with a doctorate in human sexuality.
"Our film is about the controversy of mountaintop removal mining, and it is also a love story about the Appalachia Mountains and the people who live in them," said Stephens. "Our goal is to spread the word about serious environmental issues and also to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun and diverse."
It contains some nudity and is for mature audiences only. There will be an audio loop for the hearing impaired. Admission is by donation of canned goods for a food drive.
For more on the premiere, call 304-345-5042. For more on the film, visit www.goodbyegauleymountain.org.
Hall of Fame concert
A concert featuring music associated with the 2013 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductees begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tamarack in Beckley. Everett Alan Lilly & Friends, Susanna Robinson, John Lilly, Emily Hopkins, Mark Bates and The Carpenter Ants will perform.
This year's inductees are Melvin and Ray Goins, Peter Marshall, Wayne Moss, Tim O'Brien, The Swan Silvertones, Ada "Bricktop" Smith and Eleanor Steber. The induction ceremony is Nov. 16 at the Culture Center Theater.
On Saturday, the music will range from the harmony-rich gospel/soul of the Swan Silvertones (performed by The Carpenter Ants) to the country and rock of Wayne Moss (Mark Bates) to the traditional bluegrass of Melvin and Ray Goins (Everett Alan Lilly and John Lilly) to Bricktop's 1920s cabaret jazz (Susanna Robinson) to two of Eleanor Steber's Mozart arias (Emily Hopkins).
Tickets are $4. Call 304-342-4412 or 1-888-262-7225.
W.Va. Filmmaker of the Year
The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival is seeking nominations for West Virginia filmmaker of the year through Aug. 21. The award is given to the filmmaker whose most recent work or lifetime work has had the utmost impact on the state's film industry.
Nominations and statements of support should be emailed to informat...@wvfilmmakersfestival.org. The festival runs Oct. 4-6 at Sutton's Elk Theatre.
Stand-up comedy film
"SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla," a recording of the comedian's Aug. 2 performance at The Fillmore Detroit, screens at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Regal Nitro Stadium 12, 12 JW Dr. The film also includes exclusive footage that will never be shown again.
Tickets are $20. Call 304-769-0405 or visit www.regmovies.com.
Simply Jazz and Blues Festival
The first Simply Jazz and Blues Festival runs Aug. 23-25 at the Sandstone Drift Recreation Area near Hinton. Regional and national acts will perform, including Biscuit Miller & The Mix, the Bob Thompson Unit, Zac Harmon, James Cotton & Roomful of Blues, Doug Macleod, Austin "Walkin' Cane" and Inspiration.
Weekend passes are $50 in advance and $75 at the gate; daily tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Students ages 13-17 are admitted half-price when accompanied by an adult, and children 12 and under get in free.
For more information, visit www.simplyjazzandbluesfestival.com.