Local film news

Asheville band Total War won Best Soundtrack and Crowd Favorite for the video of their song "All You Have Tonight" at the 2013 Music Video Asheville awards. Photo by Natasha Meduri courtesy of MVA

Looking to submit a video, watch a film, cheer on a local videographer or get involved in the WNC film scene? Check out these upcoming opportunities:

• The deadline to submit to this year’s Music Video Asheville contest is Friday, March 13. To enter a music video, at least one member of band or production team must live within 60 miles of Asheville, and the film must be less than 10 minutes in length. Find full details and entry form here. Prizes are awarded for crowd favorite, best soundtrack, judge’s choice, best costume design, best cinematography, best visual design and best editing. The awards ceremony takes place at Diana Wortham Theatre on Wednesday, April 29.


• UNC Asheville’s F-Word Film Festival returns on Tuesday, March 17. The featured filmmaker is Jennifer Lee, an ambassador for the Global Media Monitoring Project. Her film, Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation, screens at 7 p.m. in Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. The film “traces the development of the feminist movement from 1963-1970,” according to a press release. It “features 35 diverse interviewees, including activists and well-known feminists such as Betty Friedan, Frances M. Beale, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, who share memories of the period as well as issues and challenges that still resonate today.” Both the screening and Lee’s lecture, “The Women’s Liberation Movement and American Cultural Memory,” are free and open to the public.


• Western Carolina University’s English Department announces two screenings of The World Made Straight, the feature film made in Western North Carolina, directed by David Burris and based on the novel of the same name by Ron Rash.

The screenings, held at 3 and 7 p.m. on Monday, March 23, will be the WNC premiere of the film. The 3 p.m. event is followed by a panel discussion with Burris and Rash from 5-6 p.m.; both screenings are held in the University Center Theater.

Tickets are $10 general/$5 WCU factuality and staff. proceeds support student professional development and travel. Purchase tickets at the WNC English Dept., 305 Coulter Hall, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, and Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe. Info at 227-7264.


• The WNC Film Society and Grace Centre of Mills River are co-sponsoring a Short Film Challenge. Submissions must be eight minutes or less. The deadline is Sunday, March 29. The entry fee is $10; proceeds benefit Asheville-area charities.

Jurors include film director Tom Anton, actor Greg Kinnear and film editor Blair Daily. The top-10 films will be screened at an awards event at Grace Centre on Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m.


• Cullowhee-based teen filmmaker Anne Wade was named the winner of the National Coalition Against Censorship‘s 11th annual Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest. Competitors were asked “to explore censorship issues of the past, present and future,” according to a press release. Wade’s black-and-white short film, Don’t Let Them Take Your Voice, deals with censorship in schools. It will be shown, along with all of the semifinalists’ videos, on the NCAC website and during a free screening in new York City on Saturday, March 21.


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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