Screen scene: Local film news

FAMILY TIES: Brooklyn-based filmmaker Dave Chan poses with his parents, whom he only recently found out adopted him as a child. "The Secret of B," a documentary chronicling Chan's search for his birth parents, will be directed by his longtime friend, Asheville-based filmmaker Jill Boniske. Photo courtesy of Navy Yard Films

• Designed to allow viewers to use film as their window into the minds and culture of Israel, the monthly Israeli Film Series — a collaboration between Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave., and the Asheville Jewish Community Center — continues Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. with Ben-Gurion, Epilogue. The 2016 documentary uses six hours of never-before-seen footage from 1968, in which then 82-year-old former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reflects on his personal and professional lives and hopes for peace in the Middle East. A discussion will follow the film. Tickets are $8 and available online or at the Grail box office.

• On Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., kicks off its “Janeane Garofathon” with a screening of Reality Bites. According to the event description, “If you’re the type of person who likes to get things done while watching a movie, we’ll have sewing supplies available and tables set up. Bring clothes to mend, your sewing supplies if you have some, fix your clothes and watch our girl Janeane Garofalo.” The series will continue one Monday night each month and feature other films starring Garofalo. Free.

The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., hosts a screening of Old School on Monday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. Free to attend.

• The Kickstarter campaign for The Secret of B, directed by Asheville-based filmmaker and critic Jill Boniske, was launched on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The documentary centers on her longtime friend, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Dave Chan, who, within the last few years, learned he was adopted as a child. The project will chronicle Chan’s search for his biological parents and involve the subject and director traveling to Hong Kong, where Chan was born. The crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise money for travel, film and DNA test expenses, as well as hiring private investigators. It’s an “all or nothing” campaign, meaning that the project will only be funded if it reaches its $10,000 goal by Thursday, Feb. 28. Backer rewards include a private link to view the finished film and an invitation to its theatrical premiere, which the filmmakers estimate will be March 2023.

• Tickets are on sale for the Women’s Adventure Film Tour, which stops at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200, on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. The program is composed of inspirational short films featuring women in stories about climbing, diving, mountaineering, mountain biking, skiing, surfing and other sports. The tour launched in Australia in 2017, then played select locations in Asia and the United Kingdom. It’s making its U.S. debut in 2019. Tickets are $18 and available online.


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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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