RIVESVILLE – Bob Tinnell will be returning to his hometown next weekend.
He spent about a month in the Marion County town last year during a film shoot for his upcoming film, “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” itself based on an Italian tradition still celebrated in West Virginia.
After having been on the road promoting the film, he is excited to return to share details on the movie with the residents of the town.
“I look forward to being able to talk to people about it,” said Tinnell, director of the film. “They could ask any question they want about the production, and I’m happy to talk about it.”
Tinnell said he will be screening a preview of the film next Sunday at Short Story Brewing, and will then discuss the story and answer questions about it and the production.
“We’re going to be there, pouring beer and answering questions,” Tinnell said. “I think we’re going to preview the behind the scenes of the movie and probably show a couple scenes from the movie.”
Describing the plot of the film, Tinnell said it is a family story set in the 1980s focused on the traditions of the time, and the personal stories of its characters. Since it was a time Tinnell himself lived through, the story is one personal to him, and, of course, the food plays a role in the story.
“There are so many familiar people and landmarks in the film because it wasn’t just all people we brought from Hollywood,” Tinnell said. “There are a lot of interesting things we had to do to have it play as 1983, and it’s always kind of fun to talk about that.
“For me, it’s just so weird to have gotten to make a movie like this with this cast, but sleep in my own bed every night.”
With the film being set in Rivesville and Fairmont, Tinnell said several sights and sounds of the area will be noticeable in the movie. He added that the production is holding the panel at Short Story Brewing to bring more people to the area where scenes from the film were shot.
“Feast of the Seven Fishes” is being released in theaters as well as on digital mediums on Nov. 15, with screenings being shown in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Audiences in other states may be surprised about the portrayal of West Virginia because it has been made by an insider, Tinnell said.
“I think that West Virginia is a more complicated place than it is portrayed in the media,” Tinnell said. “I want to celebrate not only the Italian community but the legacy of the mining community, and what it meant to power this nation.”
With a home media release to follow, Tinnell said he hopes some local theaters will pick up the movie so the people of West Virginia, where the film is set, can see it.
“I’m hopeful it’s going to be playing in West Virginia,” Tinnell said. “Maybe if people want to see it and they talk to their local theater owners they can make that happen, but they can also buy it digitally on all platforms.
“It’s funny, we’ll be showing the film in England, it would be nice if we could get it in some theaters around West Virginia.”
Over the next week, Tinnell will be traveling even more to continue promoting the film, so he said the stop in Rivesville will be a nice break for him. With the Feast of the Seven Fishes event coming up in Fairmont, Tinnell said the release is coming right on time for the holidays. However, he said he believes his own Christmas present will be a good night’s sleep.
“I’m hoping we can get a lot of friends and just meet people who are interested in learning about the film,” Tinnell said. “I suspect I’m going to be on the road right up until Christmas Eve because there is so much promotion happening. I believe I’ll be very tired on Christmas Eve.
The event is scheduled to take place from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Short Story Brewing in Rivesville. Tinnell said the movie will be released on physical media on Dec. 17.