Hey, I'm Shane!

Shane is the manager of indie playhouse and movie theater The Raleigh, situated in the heart of downtown Beckley, WV, and along with David Gravely is co-founder of Butter Chicken Pictures. The two have written and performed music together since high school and created their first short film Long Road in 2014. In the time since, the Butter Chicken Team has produced numerous shorts, two on-going webseries, and a feature film called It's Gonna Be a Punk Rock Summer. Across these projects their work has been screened at festivals internationally, and ...Punk Rock Summer was awarded "Best Narrative Feature" at the 2018 WV FILMmakers Festival.

As a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and community activist Shane has been increasingly active in trying to support the city of Beckley as best he can. He is a board member for multiple organizations including the Downtown Beckley Business Association and Beckley Art Center as well as a supporter of and volunterr for the Raleigh County Prevention Coalition (battling opioid and other addictions). Through his event organizing and filmmaking there is a constant thread of building community cohesion and empathy. In 2019 Shane was one of the co-founders of the BEX Arts Week which over a 10 day schedule offered more than 40 unique events and included nearly 250 collaborators and partners across southern West Virginia and beyond. Shane shares his love of and expertise in Asian film as a yearly panelist and moderator on the Silk Road Track at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA. Some of the panels he has co-organized include (but are not limited to) Asian Film through the Western Lens, Horrific Imagery in Asian Cinema, Influence of Shaw Studios, Learning from Korean Horror, and Asian Film Essentials.

Shane graduated with a dual B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from Concord University in 2012. He is currently a Master's of Sociology candidate at Marshall University, though he still lives and works in Beckley.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting


Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

A major league baseball player has to confront his true identity when he rediscovers his childhood passion for traditional Japanese dancing.


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Good Times at Mike Kelso's

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Comedy

A club-dancing enthusiast grabs life by the ovaries to confront a threatening diagnosis.


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Best Buddies

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Film Short
Comedy, Crime

Two contract killers question their relationship after murdering one of their exes.


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We Never Left - The Lebanese Expat Revolution Documentary

New York City, New York Film Feature

WE NEVER LEFT is the story of the Lebanese revolution, through the eyes and experiences of young Lebanese expats in New York.


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New York City, New York Film Short

It's 1981, Adele, a mom of two, must run a job for her husband when her day takes a turn, the only problem is... he's a mobster.


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New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Experimental

One fateful night, two college women are forced to come to terms with the unhealthy nature of their friendship.


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The Mile Ground

Morgantown, West Virginia Film Feature
Drama, Mystery

The contents of a strange safety deposit box send an opioid addict down a risky road that will lead to her redemption or final destruction


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