Alpha Vision Films to premiere documentary series

A local film company will be rolling out the red carpet this week for the premiere of a series of documentary films focusing on life in the Shenandoah Valley.

“This is a showcase for us to get our work out in front of the local community,” said James Overton, a local musician and the principal in Alpha Vision Films, a film company that he founded in 2010.

The premiere of the Alpha Vision Films “The Truth on the Table” series is set for Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Waynesboro Country Club. The AVF team includes Overton, who organizes and hosts a twice-monthly film-appreciation series through the Classic Cinema Club, and CCC members Mark Miller and Theresa Reynolds Curry.

Alpha Vision Films grew out from the Classic Cinema Club as club members decided to try to experiment with filmmaking techniques that they had discussed and dissected in club screenings.

The film company first tried its hand at dramatic feature films, putting together short films such as “Last Call,” a piece examining an interaction between a man and a woman at a local bar, and “A Visit from Annie,” an experimental piece chronicling a visit from a long-dead family member on an important anniversary day.

In recent months Alpha Vision Films has turned its attention to documentary films, at the behest of Miller, an award-winning newspaper and magazine photographer, and Curry, an award-winning writer and food critic.

Overton said the idea to go into documentary filmmaking appealed to him at first “mainly because I wanted to keep the camera rolling between projects.”

It didn’t take long for the group to see how the documentary genre would stretch them creatively and have an impact as well on their dramatic features.

In a documentary, “there’s always something going on,” said Overton. Somebody is talking, somebody is meeting, somebody is illustrating a point. In dramatic features, there’s a more cinematic approach. “There are times when the image is just lingering there for a little while. You’re letting the viewer soak it in. You’re creating a mood.”

“The Truth on the Table” series includes films on local author Lynn Coffey, an Augusta County farm harvest, an in-depth look at native Virginia grains and a spotlight on the Virginia Agritourism Festival.