Screen scene: Local film news

MOTHER'S DAY: Emily Graham pauses while giving birth at her home. Graham's experience is chronicled in the immersive documentary 'These Are My Hours,' which screens at Grail Moviehouse on May 10. Photo courtesy of Swell Dudela Films

Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave., presents These Are My Hours on Thursday, May 10. Director Scott Kirschenbaum describes the film as “a full sensory immersion into one woman’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual experience of giving birth.” He and Emily Graham, whose home birth is chronicled, will participate in a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $5 and available online and at the Grail box office.

Asheville Parks & Recreation begins its Movies in the Park series on Friday, May 11, at Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, with a screening of Moana. Children’s craft activities begin at 6:30 p.m., and the film begins at dusk. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks. Free.

• The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, continues its Environmental & Social Justice film series on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. with The Age of Consequences. The 2016 documentary investigates the impacts of climate change on increased conflict, migration and resource scarcity through the lens of global stability and U.S. national security. Free.

AUX Bar, 68 N. Lexington Ave., continues its Late Night Cinema series on Friday, May 11, with outdoor screenings of Labyrinth (9 p.m.) and Creepshow (11 p.m.). Complimentary popcorn will be provided. The event is contingent on fair weather. Free to attend.

Hi-Wire Brewing, 2 Huntsman Place, kicks off its Summer ff Will film series, featuring movies starring Will Ferrell, on Saturday, May 12, at 8:30 p.m. with Old School. The parking lot of the brewery’s Big Top facility will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater for the rain-or-shine event. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and other comfortable seating. Free.

• Designed to allow viewers to use film as their window into the minds and culture of Israel, the monthly Israeli Film Series — a collaboration between Grail Moviehouse and the Asheville Jewish Community Center — continues Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. with Café Nagler. The documentary follows director Mor Kaplansky as she investigates the true story of her family’s legendary titular Berlin establishment. A discussion will follow the film. Tickets are $8 and available online or at the Grail box office.

Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School, 305 Overlook Road, presents a showing of Screenagers on Tuesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. The 68-minute documentary explores how technology impacts kids’ development and the challenges of parenting in the digital age. Free.

• On Wednesday, May 16, New Belgium Brewing Co., 21 Craven St., hosts the No Man’s Land Film Festival. The only adventure film festival to exclusively feature woman-identified athletes begins at 8 p.m. 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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