Screen scene: Local film news

SUPER 8: As part of an international celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, Mechanical Eye Microcinema will host a Home Movie Day event on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the West Asheville Public Library. Image courtesy of the Center for Home Movies

UNC Asheville presents a screening of the documentary The Hunting Ground in the Humanities Lecture Hall Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. According to the the 103-minute film’s official description, it is “an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.” The film debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is written and directed by Kirby Dick, whose Oscar-nominated documentary The Invisible War investigated similar issues within the U.S. military.

A panel of faculty, students, a representative from the Buncombe County nonprofit crisis intervention and prevention agency Our VOICE, UNCA’s counseling center and UNCA’s police staff will be part of a post-screening discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

White Horse Black Mountain‘s Movies that Matter series continues Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. with Utopia. John Pilger‘s film draws on his long association with the first people of his Australian homeland. It’s both a grand portrayal of the world’s oldest continuous human culture and an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and greedy present. Series organizer Katie Kasben will ask viewers to consider the ways in which they can confront the cultural genocide in indigenous Australia and meaningfully engage with First Nations communities in Western North Carolina. Tickets are $6 and available online and at the White Horse box office.

Mechanical Eye Microcinema will host a Home Movie Day event Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m. at the West Asheville Public Library. Now in its 13th year, the screening is part of an international celebration of amateur films and filmmaking that will take place on the same date.

Everyone is welcome to bring films in 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8 form. Volunteers will inspect and project the submissions and will also project DVDs, VHS and VHS-C. If footage is on more unusual formats (e.g. 28mm or 9.5mm), participants are encouraged to contact Mechanical Eye representatives in advance, who will in turn do their best to help find a safe, cost-effective way to view these prints.

Each participant will have the opportunity to screen one reel (three to five minutes) until everyone has had a chance to show their home movies. After that, second turns are acceptable. Those sharing are welcome to introduce and/or narrate their reel(s), and audience commentary is encouraged.

The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are not required to bring a home movie. Donations will be accepted to help offset costs.

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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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