Screen scene: Local film news

ILLUMINATED: John Bright, Academy Award-winning costume designer, worked with Biltmore's Museum Services team to re-create dozens of clothing items based on archival photography from the Vanderbilt collection for "A Vanderbilt House Party — The Gilded Age," currently on exhibit at Biltmore. Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company

• On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Asheville Film Society will screen Dario Argento’s 1975 horror film Deep Red. It will be followed on Sunday, Feb. 24, by David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and on Tuesday, Feb. 26, by William Wellman’s original A Star is Born (1937), featuring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. All three screenings take place at 7 p.m. at Eurisko Beer Co., 255 Short Coxe Ave., and will be introduced by AFS coordinator Scott Douglas. Free to attend.

• On Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m., the Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery presents a screening of Sawdust and Tinsel at the Flood Gallery, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain. Ingmar Bergman’s 1953 drama centers on a circus traveling through Sweden. Admission by donation.

• On Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., the Hendersonville Film Society screens the 2016 Thomas Wolfe biopic Genius, starring Jude Law and Colin Firth, at the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. Free.

• The newest Biltmore House exhibit and tour, A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age, features period-authentic clothing designed and reproduced by costumier John Bright. The Academy Award winner for A Room with a View and his London-based company Cosprop worked closely with the Biltmore curators for two years on the 55-outfit collection. The experience also includes a short film produced for the exhibit, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the project and a new audio tour that combines 360-degree sound design with voice actors portraying residents and employees of Biltmore from the early 1900s. A Vanderbilt House Party runs through May 27 and is included in Biltmore daytime admission. The audio tour is free with online tickets or can be purchased at Biltmore for an additional fee.

• The West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, continues its Book-to-Movie series with a screening of The Notebook on Friday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. Free.

• On Friday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., will screen the documentary The Power to Heal, narrated by Danny Glover. Free.

• On Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m., Western Carolina University’s Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee, will screen the documentary Race: The Power of an Illusion. Free.

White Horse Black Mountain, 105-C Montreat Road, Black Mountain, hosts a screening of Daughters of the Dust on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:15 p.m. Julie Dash’s 1991 drama was the first full-length theatrical feature by an African-American woman to be released in the U.S. and is part of the Movies and Meaning series, which seeks to foster a dialogue around cinema that touches on themes of storytelling, healing, arts and justice. A community potluck meal precedes the film at 6:30 p.m. $7 suggested donation and a dish to share, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds or food.

**UPDATE: This event has been cancelled** The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., hosts a screening of Bridesmaids on Monday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. Free to attend.

• The Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, Fairview, launches its documentary film series on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. with Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The screening of the Fred Rogers profile will be introduced by N.C. Film Critics Association member James Rosario, who will also lead a post-film discussion. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Grail Moviehouse. Free.


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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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