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

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Hello, Industry Friends!




What’s New with the Guild

Our Website


We’re excited to share that we will be launching a new and improved website later this year! The site will include a backend that allows members to connect with each other on projects, casting, and resource needs. Members will also have a dedicated page of their own to showcase their talents.

Workshops and Training

We’re excited to be holding our 3rd acting workshop with renowned industry actor Jw Myers in October. More details below.

The Board is also in discussions with other local trainers to bring more film training to the state. We will share more as information and plans are solidified.

Discussions with WV State Government

As a result of the WV Film Office closing earlier this year, the Guild has been in discussions with the WV State Government in how to move forward with and continue some of the services the Film Office offered. We will keep you updated as things progress.




Upcoming Workshops



ACTING 101 WORKSHOP for Children and Adults:

When: Oct. 21st
Where: Morgantown, WV Lakeview Resort
Children (ages 9-14) – 9am to 11am ($65/child)
Adults (age 15 and up) – 12pm to 6pm ($95/adult)

Lunch will be provided.

To learn more, see the video on our website!

Member meeting to follow.

About the Instructor


Jw is a seasoned veteran of the independent film arena, with a broad depth of experience in nearly every production capacity. His skill set ranges from directing, producing, executive producing, writing, acting, teaching, editing, production coordination, office management, and production accounting.




Next Member Meeting

When: October 21

Where: Lakeview Resort, Morgantown, WV


Meeting: 6:30 – 7:30

Social Hour: 7:30 – 9:30 @ Legends (on location at Lakeview)





Grants Update

1. We will be applying for the 2017 Charles Naillor Foundation Grant within the next few months.

Closed Out:
1. We received the Charles Naillor Foundation Grant in the amount of $3000.

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 [email protected] 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!



Ronda comes to us with more than 20 years of industry experience an actress, writer, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Her experience includes work both in front of and behind the camera on feature and short films, commercials, web series, new media, television shows, improv comedy shows, and live events. As a “life-preneur,” she is also a business consultant, author, speaker, and Founder of Words You Need, an initiative offering content and writing services to businesses and individuals, and holds a Masters of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, a Masters of Art in Film and Media Production (2018) with a heavy emphasis on Directing and Cinematography, a Directing and Producing Certification from The Hollywood Film Institute, and is a Certified Life Coach.

With a purpose to support other industry professionals and to inspire, empower and entertain through relatable stories reflecting the human condition, she co-founded an actors support group in Houston, TX in 2015 and her own production and media services initiative in 2012. Ronda also has more than 15 years of corporate business, human resources, and management experience on her resume.

In recent months, she’s worked as a lead and supporting actress in indie films shot in WV, was cast in a sitcom pilot shot in Los Angeles, and practices improv in Frostburg, MD.




Casting and Crew Calls





The Mile Ground


The Mile Ground is scheduled to begin production in Morgantown, WV in late November 2017. The Mile Ground, inspired by real people and experiences, is an immersive visual story that sheds light on some of life’s complications from which we often run and hide.

Auditions were recently held for The Mile Ground, though cast and crew needs can often change.

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




Coming Soon

▪ More Industry Workshops
▪ New and Improved Website!

More Industry Workshops
New and Improved Website!





Yours truly,
Your West Virginia Filmmaker’s Guild Board