Screen scene: Local film news

FOR THE BIRDS: A taxidermist practices her art in a still from "Stuffed." Asheville-based filmmaker Erin Derham's new documentary will make its world premiere at SXSW in mid-March. Photo courtesy of Curiosity Pictures

• The Beer City Blazers motorcycle club continues its Moto Movie Night on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., at Archetype Brewing Co., 265 Haywood Road. The event takes the place of the group’s bike nights over the winter and will feature a different motorcycle-themed film each month. Riders of all types are invited. Free to attend, but donations for the group’s charitable efforts are appreciated.

The Collider, 1 Haywood St., Suite 401, hosts a screening of Unbounded: A Journey Into Patagonia on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. The 2018 adventure-travel documentary follows a young crew of four as they hike and pack-raft for four months through some of the most rural and inaccessible natural areas of Chile. A panel discussion featuring the film’s director, producer and cinematographer, Garrett Martin, will follow the film. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for active Friends of The Collider, $10 for students with a valid ID or free with the purchase of a one-year Friends of The Collider gift. Light refreshments and beer from event sponsor New Belgium Brewing Co. will be provided. All proceeds benefit The Collider’s Thomas R. Karl Internship Program.

Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross presents a screening of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary on Friday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road. The 2012 documentary chronicles the life of author, journalist, former Black Panther and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free to attend.

• The next installment in the monthly Silent Sunday series takes place Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. **rescheduled to 2 p.m.** at Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave. The program features Thunder-Bolts of Fate (1919), the earliest known surviving film shot in Asheville; the Edenton-shot Hauling the Shad Net (1901), the earliest known surviving North Carolina film; The Masked Rider (1916), a western filmed at Bat Cave; and an excerpt from Gilded Lies (1921), the last reel of which was made on and around Chimney Rock. The selections are curated by local film historian Frank Thompson, who will also conduct an audience Q&A after the screening. Marc Hoffman will provide a live piano score. Tickets are $12 and available online and at the Grail box office.

• Asheville-based filmmaker Erin Derham’s new film Stuffed will make its world premiere at South by Southwest in March. The feature-length documentary looks at the taxidermy industry and features interviews with renowned artists from around the world. On her Facebook page, Derham refers to the project as “the movie I have been working on for over two years with a massive crew across six countries and 12 states.” The film also showcases an original score by Asheville musician Ben Lovett. An exact showtime for the premiere has yet to be revealed on the SXSW schedule. The annual festival takes place March 8-17 in Austin, Texas.


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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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