Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 14, 2013

Film premiere: Red carpet at the CMC

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Here is something different and fun for the region — a red carpet movie premiere. It’s planned for Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton.

Kevin Sizemore, a Princeton native who has appeared in several movies and television series, will be on hand Saturday to promote his latest movie, “A Christmas Tree Miracle.” Residents who attend Saturday’s event will be able to see the movie first this weekend ahead of its Dec. 3 release.

Sizemore stars in the feature film directed by J.W. Myers and written by Ty DeMartino. Most of the movie itself was filmed in West Virginia, including the Wheeling area.

The local premiere is being billed as a red carpet event. It is open to the public, and anyone can attend. Tickets are $12 for adults, or $20 for two adults. Students can attend for $10, and those 12 years of age and younger will be admitted for $5.

All of the proceeds raised from local ticket sales will be used to benefit the Princeton Renaissance Project — a local initiative supported by Sizemore that seeks to enhance downtown Princeton.

Sizemore, who most recently appeared in the hit television series “Under the Dome,” is hoping area families will come out Saturday and join in the movie premiere.

Sizemore already has appeared in a number of television shows, including “Necessary Roughness,”  “Blackout,” “Rizzzoli and Isles,” “Desperate Housewives,” “CSI Miami,” “Prison Break,” and will have a reoccurring role on the upcoming ABC television series “Resurrection.”

 “I think this will be a great opportunity for families because it is a family film, as well as a good opportunity for students to learn something about the motion picture industry,” Sizemore said last week. “I wish I could have seen something like this when I was still in school.”

We agree. It’s a great opportunity for area families and students to experience something new and have fun in the process. And it’s also a great way to support the ongoing efforts of the volunteer members of the Princeton Renaissance Project.

This group has made great strides in recent months helping to enhance and grow the Mercer Street area in Princeton.

It’s true that our region has seen its share of movie magic over the years. Who can forget 1999’s motion picture “October Sky,” which detailed the true story of the Rocket Boys of McDowell County; 1994’s “Lassie,” which was filmed in parts of Tazewell County; the modern classic “Dirty Dancing,” which was filmed partially in Giles County; and the Academy Award winning “A Beautiful Mind,” a movie featuring the true story Bluefield’s Nobel laureate Dr. John Forbes Nash Jr.

But this is the first local red carpet premier that we’ve had in our region. We would encourage area residents to come out and join in the fun Saturday while also supporting the ongoing efforts of the Princeton Renaissance Project.