Julian Price documentary premiers with Asheville Symphony performance

Julian Price. Photo by Meg MacLeod

Press release

April 14, 2016

A Special Documentary Premiere at the Orange Peel
Envisioning Community: A night of music, community, and film with the world premiere of “Julian Price,” a documentary by Erin Durham

Thursday, May 26th.
Doors at 6:30, event at 7:30.
Tickets on sale Friday, April 15th at 12pm. $25, ages 18+
For tickets: www.theorangepeel.net or 800-514-3849

Meg McLeod and Rachel Price, along with Public Interest Projects and the producers of the newly released album, Asheville Symphony Sessions invite you to enjoy an evening of inspiration. Come see and hear the story of Julian Price and Asheville’s renaissance as told by the dreamers who lived it, with live performances of original songs from the leaders of Asheville’s legendary local music scene.

Asheville owes its success to a collaboration of business owners, philanthropists, and public officials who dared to dream to reinvent downtown into a thriving center for the cultivation of community. The biggest dreamer of them all was Julian Price.

On May 26th 2016, philanthropist, Julian Price will be honored for his achievements by a new collaborative effort from Asheville’s creative professionals. The world premiere of the documentary, Julian Price, will reveal his incredibly diverse contribution to the city. The Orange Peel, Malaprops, Salsas, Mountain Xpress, Self Help Credit Union, The Laughing Seed, the Fine Arts Theatre, and many more businesses have benefited from his support. He revived abandoned buildings and filled them with thriving businesses to make downtown livable again.

“This album serves as a soundtrack for the city,” says ASO Executive Director, David Whitehill. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of Executive Producer, Jessica Tomasin and album producer Michael Selverne, this album will also be the soundtrack for Julian’s story. “I believe that we have created an incredibly musical record that reflects the spirit and the soul of our community,” says Selverne. “This evening will be a reflection of Julian’s ideals and efforts,” says director Erin Derham. “It is a celebration of collaboration and gratitude designed to inspire this unique community to nurture its authenticity.”



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. Follow me @fobes

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