One Night Only, Special Screening of "Z for Zachariah"

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One Night Only, Special Screening of "Z for Zachariah"

Charleston, West Virginia – Screened at last January's Sundance Film Festival, segments of "Z for Zachariah" were shot in Welch, West Virginia.  Marquee Cinemas located at 60 McDowell Street in Welch, West Virginia will host a one-night only screening of this feature film—starring  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, and Chris Pine—August 25 at 5:30 p.m. in advance of the limited national release August 28. The screening will be by invitation, and some tickets will also be available for the general public through giveaways by media outlets. The film, which is being distributed by Roadside Attractions, will also be available on iTunes and Video-On-Demand the same day.

"Welch appears in the first frame of the film's teaser trailer as well as other segments of it," Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office said. "We are thrilled that Welch is featured in this major motion picture and are equally excited that residents will have an opportunity to see the film in a theatrical setting.  It’s a great way to say thank you to the community."

“Z for Zachariah” is based on the novel of the same name by Robert C. O'Brien, published posthumously in 1974, and is a post-apocalyptic survival tale set in a remote valley spared from radioactive contamination after a presumed global catastrophe. A young woman believes she is the last human on Earth until she discovers a dying scientist searching for survivors. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.

“The film's director, Craig Zobel, first toured the region in 2009, when he was working on another project. He was living in Williamson for several months and called me to simply alert the film office to his presence and promised that someday, he would be back to film in Welch. He fell in love with the town," Haynes said.

"I love southern West Virginia, because it's visually so unique. Unmistakable for anywhere else, in my opinion," Zobel said. "For this project, Welch became the perfect town to shoot in, as it had a defined 'downtown' area about the size we were imagining, and it was able to be photographed interestingly from the ridges. The fact that the town was so welcoming was a wonderful bonus, enabling us to accomplish really great work there!"

“Filming took place in Welch for one day in March 2014. Mayor Reba Honaker was extraordinarily helpful under tight time constraints," Jamie Cope, location services coordinator for the film office said. "The mayor and her team helped close the main street in town and provided other valuable assistance during the production's visit."

"It was important for Mr. Zobel to find a winter location that was a stark contrast to the green summer valley that was filmed in New Zealand," Cope added. "Zobel looked at a few towns in the region, including Logan and Williamson, but Welch was exactly what he needed."

A limited number of free general admission tickets will be given away through local radio and television stations and through drawings at the Welch Marquee Cinemas theater. For a chance to win tickets:

            1. Visit the Marquee Cinemas McDowell 3, 60 McDowell Street, Welch, to register in person between August 17-22 for a chance to win tickets. Drawings will be held on August 23 and the winners will be notified.

            2. Listen to 92.7 KISS-FM, WILLIE-FM 97.3, or WILLIE AM 1150 to win tickets, or visit their website at

            3. Watch WVVA-TV (NBC affiliate) between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., August 17-21 to win tickets.

To learn more about the film and to watch the trailer, visit

The West Virginia Film Office is a section of the West Virginia Division of Tourism at the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Follow the film office on Twitter @wvfilm or