TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for the world premiere of the documentary “HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS: The Artistic Life of Robert Singleton,’ on the Clay Center main stage in Charleston W.Va., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.

The West Virginia International Film Festival presents the AmpMediaProject documentary by myself and Bobby Lee Messer, tracing the life and times, not all of them easy ones, of notable American artist Robert Singleton, now 85, who has lived and worked on a remote West Virginia hilltop since 1978 in a house he built.

The premiere is at 7 pm, with filmgoers seated on the Clay Center main stage, in homage to the role classical music and creativity played in Robert’s tumultuous, often traumatic upbringing. The screening is preceded by a 6 p.m. reception in the Clay Center’s Juliet Art Museum, to view the current exhibit “The Possible Dream,” featuring one of his paintings. A Q-and-A on-stage with Robert follows the premiere. Order tickets at or call the box office during business hours at: 304-561-3570.

The soundtrack features a host of West Virginia-based musicians, including Spencer Elliott; dulcimer explorer Jim Probst; classical pianist Barbara Nissman (recently inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame; National Flatpick Champion Robin Kessinger and others.

FOR MORE ON ROBERT’S engrossing life and work—and to support the cost of completing and distributing “House in the Clouds” via an upcoming SEEDandSPARK crowdfunding campaign—free-subscribe to the documentary website at

  • 6-7 pm Juliet Art Museum open for viewing Singleton’s work
  • 7-8 pm Maier Foundation Performance Hall hosts documentary screening
  • 8-8:30 pm Q&A with artist and filmmakers
  • 8:30-9 pm Reception

Questions? Please call our Box Office at 304-561-3570 or email