Screen scene: Local film news

RETURN OF THE KID: The late, great Prince gets the birthday treatment from Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. with two showings of "Purple Rain" on June 7. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

• The McDowell Arts Council Association, 50 S. Main St., Marion, presents a screening of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde  on Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenlee Theatre. The 1920 silent film stars John Barrymore and will be hosted by pianist Nathan Shirley, who will also provide live music accompaniment. Tickets are $5 and available online.

• On Saturday, June 2, at 8:30 p.m., Vintage Kava, 141 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, will show Detour. The 1945 film noir from director Edgar G. Ulmer follows a hitchhiker who assumes a dead man’s identity. Free to attend.

Highland Brewing Co. continues its monthly superhero series on Wednesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. with Thor: Ragnarok. Taika Waititi’s 2017 action-comedy finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) attempting to win back his home planet of Asgard from his vengeful sister Hela (Cate Blanchett). The screening takes place in the brewery’s event center. Attendees are invited to bring blankets or camp chairs. The Tin Can Pizzeria food truck will be on-site. Free to attend.

• Deadlines to submit films for the Micropolitan Film Festival are approaching. The new film festival produced by the McDowell Arts Council Association is set for Aug. 10-12 in Marion. The festival’s mission is to showcase the work of filmmakers living in areas of 10,000-50,000 people that don’t easily fit into any niche genre, category or competition. Submissions may be any genre and are encouraged to feature original takes on small-town life experiences or draw inspiration from the filmmaker’s small-town roots. Films must have a running time of 30 minutes or less, including credits. The regular deadline is Friday, June 1, for $25; the late deadline is Friday, June 15, for $30; and the final extended deadline is Sunday, July 1, for $35.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave., hosts a screening of Purple Rain on Thursday, June 7, at 7 and 10 p.m. in honor of Prince’s birthday. Tickets are $3 and available online and at the venue’s main bar.


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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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