Filming for an independent film in and about Appalachia begins in Cabell, Fayette Counties this summer

Huntington- Award-winning filmmaker David Smith is raising funds for his next project.

two steps back is a feature-length comedy-drama about a community theater actress living in Huntington who tries to fulfill her dream of moving to New York to perform on Broadway but ends up moving back to live with her parents in the small town where she grew up. The film is set to shoot in Huntington and Fayetteville this summer.

“I think – and hope – this is a story that everyone around the world can relate to, but I think it has specific elements for artists from Appalachia and West Virginia. “Smith said in a press release. “There is this struggle that we all face about whether we should stay or go. The struggle is complicated because it deals with the attachment you feel to home and family and the stigma of not being seen as a success by others, let alone yourself, if you never leave.

In addition to positively reflecting West Virginia in history, another goal of the film is to provide local artists with opportunities to share their talents through the making of the film. Abigail Miskowiec, a Charleston, WV native and NYU Tisch School graduate, stars as the lead. Taylor Napier who filmed several episodes of the Huntington-based series last year normal for now on Amazon Prime is the director of photography. Huntington comedians and filmmakers Alex Runyon, Nate Cesco and Nathan Thomas are producing. The team will audition on April 30 and May 1 from 1-6 p.m. at 1000 5th Ave,

“I’ve been blessed in the past to work with cast and crew gracious enough to volunteer their time and effort,” Smith said. “The aim is to shoot this for a two week block and pay the cast and crew involved. That and the costs we have accrued to pay for locations, props etc. will make this film a better one. long-term film, which will give it a better chance of playing at festivals, getting distribution, and giving everyone a finished product they can be proud of.”

Those interested in donating to the film or learning more about it can visit or email [email protected]