If you go
What: West Virginia International FIlm Festival
When: Through Nov. 10
Where: Capitol Center Theater, Summers Street
Cost: $7 for adults and $5 for students per film; festival packages available
The West Virginia International Film Festival tries to offer an alternative to fare that comes to Charleston multiplexes.
This week, it may offer an alternative to folks still without power after the effects of Hurricane Sandy brought a pile of snow to the city Tuesday.
The festival kicked off Wednesday night at Capitol Center Theater and continues with shows daily through Nov. 10.
Selections this year include a mix of documentaries, foreign and independent films, most of which won't be seen in other theaters.
Sure, you can get them on DVD at some point, but Dan Carlisle, president of the film fest board, said that isn't the same as seeing them on the big screen.
"For one thing, it's turning it into a group experience instead of an individual experience," he said.
And when it comes to subtitles, who doesn't want that type a bit bigger?
Carlisle said films are selected by a committee that gathers lots of ideas. When possible, someone on the committee sees the film ahead of time. Otherwise, committee members are charged with reading reviews and articles written about them to winnow the list.
"We do try to have a variety of mainstream, independent films mixed in with the very low-budget or very off-the-radar stuff," Carlisle said. This past spring, the festival featured the award-winning "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," based on a John le Carre novel.
"This time, our schedule is a lot more balanced, and there's not really one standout picture," Carlisle said.