Screen scene: Local film news

CYCLICAL DESIGN: In this still from "If You Build It," Studio H student Jamesha Thompson stands with a bike she built herself, with help from instructor Matthew Miller. The Fine Arts Theatre screens the documentary on Aug. 23. Photo courtesy of Long Shot Factory

The BLOCK Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St., hosts a screening of We the People 2.0 on Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Directed by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and narrated by Walton Goggins, the 2017 documentary chronicles the work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to counter corporate interference in the U.S. government. Free to attend.

• The Musical Matinees weekly summer film series continues at the Columbus Public Library, 1289 W. Mills St., Columbus, on Friday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. with Dreamgirls. Free.

Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., continues its Phenomenal Friday Fantasy Films series on Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be provided. Free.

• The West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, continues its Book-to-Movie Film Series on Friday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m. with August: Osage County. Free.

Habitat Brewing Co., 174 Broadway, is the site of the Asheville premiere of The Road to Edmond on Friday, Aug. 17, 7-10 p.m. The narrative film centers on a youth pastor whose controversial acceptance of a teenage girl puts his job at the church in jeopardy. Co-stars Tripp Fuller and Nathanael Welch and producer-director David Trotter will be in attendance. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door.

• The North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., hosts a screening of the Oscar-winning short documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m. Margo Capparelli of Equinox Ranch, a healing program in Cullowhee where veterans work with trained professionals and compassionate volunteers, will lead a post-film discussion about her organization. Free.

•, Cat Fly Film Fest and The Asheville Studio are partnering for an Asheville filmmaker mixer the third Monday of each month. The first gathering takes place Aug. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at The Asheville Studio, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 75. The mixers’ purpose is to unite the local film community through networking, guest speakers and additional activities.

• The next installment of Revolve Sight at The Black Cloud, 723 Haywood Road, takes place Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. Doug Liman’s Go will be screened and preceded by a short introduction by Revolve program director Colby Caldwell. Complimentary popcorn and pizza will be provided. Free to attend.

Asheville AIA presents If You Build It on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. Patrick Creadon’s documentary follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County as they work with local high school students students on Project H, a year-long, full-scale design and build initiative. Students were instructed how to identify areas of need in the town of Windsor and designed and built a farmers market that addressed those needs. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the Fine Arts box office.


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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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