Screen scene: Local film news

CINEMATIC STICKS: Charlotte Secondary lacrosse player Isaiah Lott is featured in the new ESPN Films documentary "Crossroads." Several of Lott's teammates in the film currently play for Montreat College and Brevard College. Photo courtesy of ESPN Films

Montreat College lacrosse freshmen Brendan Riney and La’warren Hall, sophomores James Verdier III and Jacari Roberts and junior Brandon Duncan, along with Brevard College sophomore Evan Francois, are featured in the new ESPN Films documentary Crossroads. Ron Yassen’s film chronicles the story of at-risk North Carolina teens who are introduced to lacrosse and use the sport to become part of a family, build life skills and find a path to college. The film debuted on Aug. 23 and is available to view online through select cable providers.

• Nineties Movie Month kicks off Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave., with Romeo + Juliet. The series continues Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. with Fight Club. The selections for the final two Thursdays in the month will be determined by an online audience vote between Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me, Boogie Nights, Seven, Singles, Forrest Gump, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Clueless, Office Space and Thelma & Louise. All tickets are $3 and may be purchased online or at the venue’s main bar.

• The 2018 Asheville Film Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 340 Victoria Road. According to the event’s Facebook page, the festival’s goal is to “showcase thought-provoking films and offer a venue where movie lovers who appreciate independent vision can celebrate this unique art form.” All-inclusive VIP tickets are $15 in advance online and $25 at the door.

• The Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road, launches its Fall Film Series — featuring the films of director Michael Curtiz — on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. with The Adventures of Robin Hood. Local film historian Chip Kaufmann will serve as host and provide commentary. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. Free.

Habitat Tavern and Commons, 174 Broadway, hosts a screening of the documentary Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Following the film, there will be a Q&A session with a local physician and member of Physicians for a National Health Program. Free to attend.

• The Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., hosts the world premiere of One Hell of an Angel on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. The local production is directed by Katie Damien and follows a demon who, after asking too many questions in hell, is banished to heaven and forced to work with an angel to help a washed-up rock star write a song that will save the world. The comedy stars Matthew Shepard, David Dietrich and Kipper Shauer. The filmmakers will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the Fine Arts box office.

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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