WELLSBURG - Parkersburg native Nathan Marshall is heading to Hollywood to participate in an international music video competition.
Marshall's recently released folk-style indie rock song "When I'm Fifty" is part of a music video that will represent the Pittsburgh area in the 48 Hour Music Video Project's Filmapalooza at Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre March 7-10.
Marshall, an English and theater teacher at Brooke High School in Wellsburg, said his song depicts the melodic wonderings of a young man and his hopes for himself as he gets older.
Marshall earned the chance to compete in California when his music video won the Best Music Video and the Audience Choice Award at Pittsburgh's 48 Hour Music Video Project in November. Teams created an entire music video in 48 hours.
Marshall's video was produced by Lethal Lens Productions and was filmed at Carrie Furnace, the former home of a steel mill, in Pittsburgh and at various spots in Wellsburg. Providing the music is Essential Machine's R.J. and Karen Dietrich of Greensburg, Pa.
"For a song I wrote for fun this summer while lounging on my back porch, 'When I'm Fifty' has already far exceeded my limited expectations," said Marshall, who lived in Wood County until the fifth grade.
Nathan Marshall in the music video “When I’m Fifty” filmed near Kennywood amusement park in West Mifflin, Pa.
Nathan Marshall sings with Essential Machine members R.J. and Karen Dietrich during filming inside a former steel mill for the music video.
Nathan Marshall inside the former Pittsburgh steel mill Carrie Furnace during the music video filming.
"This whole experience has already been such a rewarding chapter in my life. The Lord has truly surrounded me with wonderful people, and we are all excited to see what happens in March," Marshall said.
Marshall, 31, graduated from Brooke High School in 2000, Bethany College in 2004 with a degree in theater and from West Virginia University with a master's in English education in 2007.
After graduating from Bethany, Marshall did stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and New York City for a while.
But Marshall said he refused to compromise his religious beliefs for show business. "I don't swear. I am highly religious. I put God before everything."
Marshall is the host of the talk show Ohio Valley Tonite with Nathan Marshall on WTRF-TV 7 in Wheeling on Fridays during the 10 p.m. news. Brooke High School students help with the production of the show, which features interviews with athletes, musicians and politicians.
Marshall, the son of Wood County natives Harold and Linda Marshall of Wellsburg, said he loves teaching because he can affect children in a positive way and give back to the community.
He said he also enjoys entertaining and creating things. More songs written by Marshall are in the works, he said.
"Nathan's very attentive and easy going, a consummate professional attitude," said Aimee Nguyen, operator of Lethal Lens Productions, in a press release. "We were very happy to team up with Nathan and his band (Essential Machine). Our strengths in creativity and filmmaking not only complemented each other, but made us a better team," Nguyen said.
"As the Pittsburgh producer, I am proud to have Nathan Marshall & the Essential Machine represent our city at the final festival for the 2012 48 Hour Film Project Tour," said Kahmeela Adams, organizer of Pittsburgh's 48 Hour Film competitions.
The 48 Hour Film Project is in 115 cities around the world and features award-winning indie filmmakers from across the globe, Adams noted.
The "When I'm Fifty" music video can be seen on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kLPCvNDYTs&list=UUqdexKf42b0HCLBTab2hQGw&index=7.
Marshall's music can be heard at nathanmarshall.bandcamp.com/.