Newsletter Q4 – 2017

Hello Industry Friends!


Happy New Year!

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We wish you a happy and healthy 2018!

And here’s to more successful productions and membership support in the New Year!


Guild Update

Our Website

We’re excited to share our improved website: The site includes links to industry forms and more. We’re still working to include a backend that allows members to connect with each other on projects, casting, and resource needs. Our goal is for members to have a dedicated page of their own to showcase their talents in the near future, as well.

Workshops and Training

We’ve received a lot of great feedback on our recent acting workshops with Jw Myers. Our Board is in discussions to bring more acting workshops and other industry training to the state. We will share more as information and plans are solidified.


Next Member Meeting

Our next member meeting is in the works and targeted for the March/April timeframe. We will provide an update as soon as details become available.


Grants Update


1. We applied for a Monongalia County Grant this month.

1. We are waiting on a status update for the 2017 Charles Naillor Foundation Grant that we applied for in November.

Grant Opportunities:
We’ve also helped other projects receive grant funds, and we’d love to help you. If you have a grant of any sort that you believe you or your organization might qualify for, we are willing to help you complete and submit the grant. Contact for more info.


Board Update

We look forward to introducing you to the members of our board and what we’re up to each quarter!


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Lori holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management and an Associates degree in Business. She brings more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience and more than 20 years of experience working with non-profits to the role of Treasurer for the Guild. Lori is currently an Accountant for West Virginia University Hospitals and was a Sr. Grants Administrator in her previous position with West Virginia University. As such, she is our Lead Grants Expert for the Guild, as well. Lori lives on a farm in Mt Morris, PA.


Member Spotlight – Steve Kwiatkowski


Steve Kwiatkowski is not only VP of the WVFG, he is also a very active member of the film industry. Steve is an American actor, artist, filmmaker, producer, and director. He has worked on large and small projects in West Virginia, Pittsburgh, PA, Las Vegas, NV and Nashville, TN. Steve is also the Red Ribbon winner for his work on the Documentary “For the Living” filmed in West Virginia and has worked with two living Presidents of the United States for National Television.

Steve’s work has been featured in New York City’s Fashion Week and on MTV, Spike TV, ESPN, and VH1. Some of his most recent work includes the role of Assistant Director for Loophole (2016), The Mile Ground (2017), and Hobo Hunters Pittsburgh 48hr Film Project (2017), the role of Director for Judge Jeanine Pirro’s live broadcast from Fox News (2017), and the role of Sound Mixer for the short film Commando (2017) and the WVU Farm Extension Series (2017).

Member Spotlight Nominations

Have someone you’d like to nominate for our “Member Spotlight” section? Email us at Please provide the name of your nomination and include two to three sentences as to why you are nominating the individual.


Local Industry Updates


The Mile Ground

The Mile Ground was shot in Morgantown, WV at the end of November into early December, with production ceasing on December 5. The film is based on true events and was written by Jessica Shannon. Jessica also produced and starred in the film. We’re excited to share that several WVFG members were involved with the film, including Steve Kwiatkowski (1st AD), Zach Labin (DP), Justin Owcar (Gaffer), and Ronda Suder (role of “Wife”).

To remain up-to-date on The Mile Ground release, refer to and The Mile Ground Movie Facebook page.

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Left to Right: Actress Ronda Suder and Producer, Writer, and Actress Jessica Shannon on set of “The Mile Ground”


Left to Right: Assistant Director Steve Kiatwkowski and Actress Ronda Suder on set of “The Mile Ground”


Coming Soon

More Industry Workshops
New and Improved Website!
Charity and Networking Events