A number of Calhoun County adults and children have donated their talents to "Field of Flowers" a video project of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Heartwood in the Hills.

The film portrays domestic violence, its victims, perpetrators and survivors in a unique way by incorporating music, art, dance, song, photography, acting, computer and technology, and film making.

These talents were utilized in many different ways. The film is now in the editing phase. Editor is Bob Burns. Participating Calhoun singers are Harry Beall, Robert Burns, Saylah Creelfox, Stephanie Curry, Kendra Curry, Cheryl Richards, Misty Richards, Haley Smith, Maria Termini, Frank Venezia, Brenda Wilson and Jennifer Whitehair. Actors are Bob Burns, Gina Burns, Stephanie Curry, Morgan Grahame, Neil Grahame, Casey Harris, Steve McCormick, and Tony Russell.

Child actors are J'nae Carter, Nathan Cosgrove, Mallory Curry, Tiffany Curry, Amber Frymier, Andrea Frymier, Taylor Garrett, Kevin Hardbarger, Haley Holcomb, Kelsey Jett, Jonah Law, and Eli Stump.

The Heartwood Mask and Prop Team included Heartwood Artistic Director Jude Binder with Kathy Ames, Robin Ames, Gina Burns, Saylah Creelfox, Susan Grahame, Amy Jacobs, Tara Jacobs, and Linda Jones. Seamstress Terry Harris created the dress worn by Jude Binder in the dance sequences and Gina Burns and Holly Creelfox served as caterers to the actors and film crews.

Neil Grahame's photographs are featured in the film. The work of Gideon Kendall and Julie Pepitto can also be seen in the video. Gideon and Julie have been teachers and guest artists at Heartwood. Most recently their work was seen in Heartwood's December Celebration.

Still from video by Chip Hitchcock. Kelsey Jett as she appears in the final frame of Field of Flowers. "The only thing we break at home is bread"

On Sunday, February 13, at 3 p.m. there will be a showcase-benefit at the Roane County Library in Spencer to raise funds for the project. The Library is co-sponsoring the showcase in conjunction with W.Va. Library Commission and Heartwood. Video clips of the film will be shown.

Field of Flowers was conceived in 1995 by Jude Binder, Heartwood's Board of Directors President Kathy Ames and Sue Julian and Diane Reese of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Co-producers of the project are Binder and Frank Venezia. Production Manager is Gina Burns. Jude Binder wrote, directed, choreographed and designed the film.

Field of Flowers is funded by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation's Community Action Grant program, the Appalachian Community Fund, the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence , the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and donations of individuals and businesses.

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