Outdoor Journal

Now playing: The work of Asheville filmmakers John Grace and Thomas Oliver will appear together during a double feature of kayaking films next Thursday, April 24, at the Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville.

The premiere is “for anyone who has ever seen a kayak on top of a car around here and wondered where it’s been,” says Oliver, who heads up Filmmakers, Inc. (www.filmmakersinc.com). “It’s an eye into the whitewater community which calls Asheville and the Western North Carolina mountains home.”

Up first will be Oliver’s short film “On the Down Low,” which follows paddlers to the Green River and serves as a visual showcase of that legendary spot.

The second film will be the world premiere of Lunch Video Magazine’s 26th DVD issue, filmed by Grace and produced by his company, Penstock Productions (www.lvmvideo.com). The audience will witness the first LVM footage of Grace and company paddling off the lip of a 70-foot Southeastern waterfall, a sight gripping enough to make one drop one’s box of Junior Mints.

Both production companies are Asheville-based, so the event will serve as more than a one-off for some exciting paddling action; it will also be a window into a very talented local outdoor-film industry.

Tickets for the event are $7.50, cash only, and will be sold at the Fine Arts Theatre (www.fineartstheatre.com) box office beginning 30 minutes before the show, which hits the screen at 9:30 p.m.


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