New film features WV family celebration

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“Feast of the Seven Fishes,” written and directed by Robert Tinnell (pictured), will be screened at the Lewis Theatre on Jan. 9.

Feast of the Seven Fishes” follows a large West Virginian Italian family on Christmas Eve as they prepare food, reminisce about the past, and seek love in the future.

Filmed last year in Fairmont and Rivesville in Marion County, it is a “slice of life that will ring true to anyone with an annual holiday tradition as chaotic as it is essential.” (Lisa Trifone).  The film will show as part of The Lewis Film Series at the Historic Lewis Theatre in Lewisburg on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8.

Robert Tinnell, writer and director, plans to attend the event and will host a discussion after the screening. He adapted the film from a graphic novel he wrote in 2005 based on his family experience. Beyond film, Robert is most active as a graphic novelist. His brother Jeff, a producer, may also attend. They have both been involved with film and video since the mid-1990s. Their WV-based Allegheny Image Factory produces or services a variety of commercials, image films, music videos, documentaries, television shows and feature films.

“Feast of the Seven Fishes” is favorably reviewed by 88 percent of critics and 92 percent of audience reviews. (Rotten Tomatoes website). This dramatic romantic comedy is packed full of outstanding performances and much of it was filmed in their grandparents’ home. Doors open at 7 p.m.