Lights … camera … action!

This afternoon, tickets went on sale for the 2007 Asheville Film Festival. Tickets are available, along with more details, here. More information about the films, including trailers for many of them, can be found here.

For more info about the festival as a whole, including events and current news, visit the film festival website.

See the full text of the festival’s announcement below.

— David Forbes, staff writer

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COUNTDOWN TO THE ASHEVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

TICKETS ON-SALE OCTOBER 5

ASHEVILLE FILM FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 8-11

Asheville, NC – With 75% of the screenings set to sell out, it’s important to reserve your tickets early for the fifth annual Asheville Film Festival.  Four parties, 14 educational seminars and 93 films from 6 different countries will be featured as part of the festival scheduled for November 8-11.

The Asheville Film Festival’s fourth year drew considerable attention from both casual film buffs and film industry professionals, noting the event for its acclaimed entries, career achievement award honoree Jennifer Tilly, and sensational galas. Festival organizers estimate that 10,000 people attended last year’s event, and they expect this year’s film festival to be even bigger and better. Screenings will be held at five venues throughout downtown with a total ticket capacity of 16,000.

Feature film highlights include opening film, “The Savages” starring Oscar-nominated actress Laura Linney and Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman and closing film, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”  “The Savages”, a beautifully written story about family responsibility isn’t scheduled for release until December and will be featured as the opening film on Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre.  After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and snagging the Best Director Award, followed by a strong showing at the Toronto International Film Festival, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’s” acclaimed director, Julian Schnabel is garnering strong reviews among festivalgoers and critics. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” will close the festival on Sunday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre.  Both films will be followed by receptions in the Pack Place lower lobby and outside atrium.

This year’s competition is once again filled with provocative and fascinating films shot in North Carolina. The feature film, “Ghost Town: The Movie,” shot in the same location as its name, is a good old fashioned western filled with childhood memories and the story of a world class whitewater race, “The Green Race Movie,” is the latest project from Western North Carolina filmmaker, Chris Gallaway.

Tickets for the festival, November 8-11, are available online at www.ashevillefilmfest.com, the Pack Place box office located in Pack Square, or by phone at (828) 257-4500. Individual tickets for film screenings are $7 in advance and $8 at the door with multi-screening packages available.  A full film guide will be available in the October 31 edition of Mountain Xpress.

The Asheville Film Festival is produced by the Festivals Division of the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Asheville Film Commission and the Asheville Film Festival Advisory Committee.

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