If you go
What: 30th Annual West Virginia International Film Festival
When: Today through Oct. 26
Where: Capitol Center Theater
Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students per movie; packets available
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Emmett Pepper is a state native who left for a few years and came back eager to become involved in his community.
He decided to offer his help to one of his favorite cultural institutions — the West Virginia International Film Festival — on its board of directors.
"For me, growing up here in the pre-Internet age, it was a way to see the outside world," Pepper said of his love of films.
Starting tonight, the festival kicks off its 30th anniversary with a free screening of the documentary "Dirty Wars," about the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command's covert operations. The 87-minute film begins at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Center Theater.
The festival runs through Oct. 26 with a variety of documentary, foreign and award-winning films.
"We have a history of showing both films from around the world that didn't make it here to Charleston, but also highlighting especially documentary and films from here in the state and the region that people wouldn't have the opportunity to see," Pepper said.
His personal favorites are foreign films that usually don't come to Charleston theaters.