Screen scene: Local film news

HERSTORY: A still from "Waiting for Hasana," one of the selections in the 2018 LUNAFEST. On Aug. 5, Wedge at Foundation serves as a host site for the traveling short film festival of works by, for and about women filmmakers. Photo courtesy of LUNAFEST

• On July 11, team All Around Artsy was awarded Best Film at the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project for She Once Was Distant. The short work will go on to represent Asheville against city winners from around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.

• The Musical Matinees weekly summer film series continues at the Columbus Public Library, 1289 W. Mills St., Columbus, on Friday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. with Into the Woods. Free.

Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., continues its Phenomenal Friday Fantasy Films series on Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. with The Black Cauldron. Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be provided. Free.

Oskar Blues Brewery’s Reeb Ranch, 315 Shoals Falls Road, Hendersonville, hosts the local premiere of North of Nightfall on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8:15 p.m. The documentary centers on extreme mountain bikers Darren Berrecloth, Carson Storch, Cam Zink and Tom Van Steenbergen, who head to Axel Heiberg Island in the Arctic Circle for summertime rides under endless daylight. Tickets are $12 and available online and at the door.

• On Sunday, Aug. 5, 1-3:30 p.m., Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundy St., will be a host site for LUNAFEST. Created by LUNA Whole Nutrition Bars in 2000, the traveling short film festival celebrates women filmmakers. The local stop doubles as a fundraiser for Girls on the Run through a silent auction featuring more than $2,500 in items donated by local businesses. The screening starts at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and available online, and $10 at the door.

• The Silent Sundays series returns to Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave., on Aug. 5, at 7 p.m., with a pair of Asheville-shot films. The Conquest of Canaan features a recorded score commissioned by local film historian Frank Thompson from silent film accompanist Jon Mirsalis. Thunder-Bolts of Fate includes live piano accompaniment by Marc Hoffman. Thompson will introduce the films and participate in a post-screening discussion. A six-minute piece on Thompson by UNC-TV‘s arts show “MUSE” will also be shown as part of the program. Tickets are $12 and available online and at the Grail box office.

• On Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m., The BLOCK off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St., screens the latest in its Cafe Mortal Film Sessions series, An Honest Death. The documentary chronicles the final days of Masahiro Tanaka, a palliative care doctor, Buddhist priest and end-of-life specialist who, after helping thousands of patients die peacefully, must face his own death after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Free to attend.


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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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