Action Fest organizers take their gloves off introducing the ‘first-ever action film festival’

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Jason Holland captured the fire-and-brimstone start of Action Fest 2010, with its promises from the festival organizer of not just “great, awesome action films” and live appearances from the industry’s actors, movers and shakers, but “a live stunt show with some of the greatest stunt men in all of Hollywood” — instead of Hatchfest’s “poetry slam,” with what Aaron Norris termed the “first-ever action film festival,” and with a promise from Carolina Cinemas owner Bill Banowski of great films and “stunt demos all weekend long.”

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism.

7 thoughts on “Action Fest organizers take their gloves off introducing the ‘first-ever action film festival’

  1. James Fisher

    This was before Centurion showed – and it rocked! “her soul is an empty vessel that can only be filled with Roman blood”…’nuff said. Don’t quite get the whole Hatch vs Action vibe ’round town – seems like a cool thing for Asheville in my book!

  2. Ken Hanke

    Marc, if you get the chance get back there to see the noon show of The Good, the Bad, the Weird on Saturday and then catch Harry Brown at 2:45.

  3. Marc, if you get the chance get back there to see the noon show of The Good, the Bad, the Weird on Saturday and then catch Harry Brown at 2:45.

    I’m going to try to catch those sometime this weekend, but am gardening and am taking the boy to the stunt stuff at 3.

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