Screen scene: Local film news

PLEASE ADVISE: Casting director Erica S. Bream will be the featured speaker at the next AVL Filmmaker Mixer on March 18. Photo courtesy of Michae E. Allen via LOAA and Detour Entertainment

• The Cat Fly Film Fest, AVLFilm.com and The Asheville Studio, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 75, co-host their monthly Asheville Filmmaker Mixer on Monday, March 18, 6-8 p.m.

Casting director Erica S. Bream will lead a discussion on the casting process, self-taping dos and don’ts, the difference(s) between the Los Angeles and Southeast film and television industries and more. The longtime LA casting director has worked on such projects as Hulu’s “11.22.63,” Netflix’s “Altered Carbon” and Star Trek: Into Darkness. She relocated to Asheville in 2017 and works regionally while remaining connected with projects in LA, New York City and other major markets.

The gathering seeks to provide an opportunity for filmmakers and media artists in the Asheville area to network and meet one another. Attendees are invited to bring their own beverages. Post-event mingling will continue next door at Highland Brewing Co. Free to attend. avl.mx/5rp

• Tickets are on sale for the Asheville Jewish Film Festival, which will be composed of Thursday evening premieres and Friday matinee encores at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. Nikolaus Leytner’s drama The Tobacconist, about a young man’s friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna, kicks off the festival on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. and will be shown again Friday, March 22, at 1 p.m. Marc Fusco’s drama The Samuel Project, chronicling a teenager who gets to know his isolated grandfather via a school art project, follows on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. and Friday, March 29, at 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, brings a 7 p.m. screening of the romantic drama Leona, Isaac Cherem’s tale of a young Jewish woman in Mexico City who finds herself split between her family and her forbidden love with a non-Jewish man. It will also be shown at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5. Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal, in which foodies Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman take viewers on a daylong eating tour of the Quebec city, closes out the festival on Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. and Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. All tickets are $10 with the exception of the April 11 screening of Chewdaism — which are $25 and include a reception at Blue Spiral 1 with catering by Suzy Phillips of Gypsy Queen Cuisine — and may be purchased online or at the Fine Arts box office. ajff.fineartstheatre.com

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com 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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