CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A young man studying film meets a West Virginia woman studying film in the Golden West. They fall madly in love and plan to make beautiful movies together in West Virginia.
Cut! That storyline goes with a different movie.
This movie starts on Capitol Street inside Taylor Books every Wednesday evening thanks to the hero in the opening scene: Dan Carlisle.
Yes, he was studying film in California when he met his future wife, Tigah Bumgarner. He followed her home to West Virginia, and he now works at Taylor Books.
"I had been bugging Ann [Saville, the owner of Taylor Books] ever since I started working here about starting a movie night. She was always supportive," Carlisle said. Saville opened Taylor Books on Capitol Street in 1995.
He received a grant from the Square Meal Arts Council of the Kanawha Valley that allowed him to purchase a projector he uses to show the films. At Square Meal, people apply to be presenters. People assemble at a restaurant for dinner and vote on the presenters.
Once he purchased a projector, he started showing films in the gallery section of Taylor Books last September.
He usually selects a documentary or a foreign film that viewers are not likely to be able to see at a commercial movie theater. He is also a member of the West Virginia International Film Festival, where he sees long lists of films, but the festival presenters are only able to show a few of those. That leaves many films left over to choose from. Carlisle has an associate's degree in video and film from the College of the Canyons.
More than a dozen people are attending this free weekly event that starts at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. People are encouraged to get coffee or baked goods from the café section of Taylor Books before the café closes at 8 p.m.
Carlisle said people usually stay after the film and discuss it. He calls the weekly showings "The Charleston Cinematheque."
"I'm please so far," Carlisle said.
Now married and living in West Virginia, Carlisle and Bumgarner are working on a movie, but that story will have to wait for a future story.Reach Susan Williams at susanwilli...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5112.