Screen scene: Local film news

RESETTING THE SCENE: Guerin Piercy vacuums ashes off an actor in preparation for a new take on the set of the YouTube series "Commune." The Asheville native is the six-episode Los Angeles production's art director. Photo by Awktopian

• The fourth season of “David Holt’s State of Music” will be funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina Arts Council’s Come Hear NC campaign. Hosted by the eponymous Fairview-based musician, the Emmy-nominated public TV series premiered on North Carolina Public Television in 2015 and is distributed nationally by PBS. It’s directed by Hendersonville-based Deni McIntyre, whose nonprofit Will & Deni McIntyre Foundation was awarded the grant.

The program’s third season, which premiered on PBS affiliates nationwide in November, features such artists as mandolinist Sam Bush, guitarist Molly Tuttle, fiddler and step dancer April Verch and Dobro player Jerry Douglas. It was shot on location at various spots in North Carolina and Tennessee, including the Asheville Guitar Bar.

• Asheville native Guerin Piercy is the art director for the recent six-episode series “Commune,” which launched in late January on YouTube. The dramedy follows a group of socially conscious people who unite to create their ideal community, a dynamic that’s soon challenged by a newcomer’s arrival. The series also seeks to connect viewers with activist organizations in Los Angeles through interviews with the groups’ representatives, building on the episodes’ themes of community, mental health and re-entry into society.

Originally a film and television actress who worked on “Days of Our Lives,” Piercy has translated her passions for painting, interior design and designing and building furniture into multiple art direction and production design positions. Tiffany Yvonne Cox, one of “Commune”’s executive producers, calls Piercy’s work on the series “impeccable.”

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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