Screen scene: Local film news

TWIN PURSUITS: Through the magic of Lacy Kemp's filmmaking, mountain biker and artist Micayla Gatto rides through her own painted landscapes in 'Intersection.' The short film plays at the 2018 5Point Adventure Film Festival in Carbondale, Colo., and is a contender for the festival's Asheville edition, which takes place April 28 at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Photo courtesy of Juicy Studios/Red Bull

• On Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m., Mars Hill University hosts a screening of First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee in its Ramsey Center for Regional Studies in Renfro Library, 147 Bailey St., Mars Hill. The documentary about the Eastern Band of Cherokee’s steps to revitalize the Cherokee language will be followed by a discussion with Sara Snyder, director of the Cherokee language program at Western Carolina University. The event is part of the Ramsey Center’s Reel Appalachia series. Free.

• The Asheville Jewish Film Festival continues at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., with a new feature each Thursday night and an encore screening the following afternoon. The fourth and final selection is Itzhak, a 2017 documentary about violinist Itzhak Perlman. Screenings take place April 26, at 7 p.m., and April 27, at 1 p.m. All tickets for the April 26 showing, which includes a 6 p.m. reception next door at Blue Spiral 1, catered by Gypsy Queen Cuisine, are $25. Tickets for April 27 are $10. Both options are available online and at the Fine Arts box office.

Montreat College, 310 Gaither Circle, Montreat, hosts the fifth annual Montreat College Film Festival on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Graham Chapel. The theme for the 2018 edition is “Fresh,” which was chosen for its broad potential interpretations. A panel of judges will select first-, second- and third-place winners, with a cash prize of $100 going to the top film. Free.

• On Saturday, April 28, 6-8:30 p.m., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.,100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, hosts the 5Point Film Festival in its upstairs High Gravity taproom. The selection of outdoor adventure films convey the Carbondale, Colo.-based festival’s five guiding principles: respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance. Tickets are $15 and available online. One hundred percent of ticket sales will be donated to Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale for Trails campaign, which supports the National Trails System.

Asheville Friends Meeting, 227 Edgewood Road, hosts a screening of Hebron on Sunday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m. The 40-minute documentary is by Palestinian filmmaker and current Asheville resident Yousef Natsha, who began filming the struggles and resistance of his community at age 19. Free.


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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