Screen scene: Local film news

GUARDIAN WHISKERS: Interspecies bonding is one of many feline subjects that will be celebrated during the CatVideoFest. The traveling compilation reel of carefully curated cat videos screens March 16-17 at Grail Moviehouse. Photo courtesy of CatVideoFest

UNC Asheville, 1 University Heights, hosts a screening of the documentary Defiant Lives: The Rise of the Disability Rights Movement on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. in Highsmith Student Union. Free.

• The Beer City Blazers motorcycle club continues its Moto Movie Night on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 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 Asheville Film Society will screen the 1953 horror film Invaders From Mars on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., at Eurisko Beer Co., 255 Short Coxe Ave. AFS coordinator Scott Douglas will introduce the film. Free to attend.

• Asheville native Selena Lauterer is the producer of boonies, a series of three short films on Boone’s small businesses and the engaged citizens behind them who help keep the town vibrant and eclectic. The collection is slated to air on UNC-TV in May or June. First, Boone Saloon, 489 W. King St., Boone, will host a viewing party of the films on Thursday, Feb. 28, 7-8 p.m. Free to attend.

• The Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery presents a screening of Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon Amour (1959) at the Flood Gallery, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, on Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m. The film chronicles a post-WWII affair between a French woman and a Japanese man. Admission by donation.

Asheville School of Film students will have their latest short works screened at Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave., on Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.-noon. The films were written, shot and edited under the guidance of instructor Brad Hoover and star local actors. Free to attend.

• The Hendersonville Film Society screens the 1996 Chinese film The King of Masks on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m., at the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. Free.

• The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and the Racial Justice Coalition host a screening of the short film series The Bail Trap: American Ransom on Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m. at Grail Moviehouse. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion on alternatives to cash bail and incarceration in Asheville, featuring Kristie Puckett-Williams (ACLU of North Carolina), Nicole Townsend (Southerners on New Ground), Brent Bailey (Buncombe County Reentry Council) and Todd Williams (Buncombe County District Attorney). Free to attend, but RSVP online.

• Middle school students are invited to sign up for the Who Am I? Finding Your Voice Through Digital Storytelling course offered by Asheville Creative Arts. Rebecca Williams will lead the class on filming and editing short, first-person narrative movies on a cell phone. The course runs Mondays, March 4-April 29, 3-5 p.m., at Hanger Hall School for Girls, 64 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Tuition is $150. Register online.

• Tickets are on sale for the CatVideoFest at Grail Moviehouse. According to the event description, the screening is a curated “compilation reel of the latest, best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses.” Viewings take place Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the Grail box office. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Asheville Cat Weirdos Emergency Fund.


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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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