Countess and Count Dracula, left to right, Katherine
and Philip Ryan, with dinner guest Countess Isabella, portrayed by Tricia Lynn Strader.
Writer/director/actor (Countess Dracula) Katherine Walsh Ryan said the year is approximately 1930-500 years after the birth of Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, in the medieval town of Sighisoara, Romania.
said, "The Transylvanian-born ruler hails from the same town as my mother and relatives.
, who wears many tiaras as President/Founder of Ryan Film Institute
, said this is the 8th annual fundraiser, and it is essential to provide funding for student scholarships for the Teen Filmmakers' Workshop.
"We like to have fun and convey fun when we're doing fundraising," she
"It takes a big commitment and people to support youth programs such as this."
This year, Ryan Film Institute
provided more than $2,500 in scholarships to Eastern Panhandle students.
all-volunteer team of industry experts enjoy teaching and encouraging the next generation of photographers and filmmakers in their creative and vocational pursuits.
said, "I pray every day for individual and corporate angels who want to support our arts program that serves students in Berkeley, Jefferson
and Morgan counties.
has garnered West Virginia Film Office scholarship support, and Shepherd University
provides classroom facilities for workshops.