Screen scene: Local film news

FAST FILM: Artivational, a team of aspiring area filmmakers, pauses on the set of its Asheville 48 Hour Film Project Best Film winner, Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. Photo courtesy of the filmmakers

• In July, a team of aspiring area filmmakers united under the name Artivational to compete in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project. Not only did its comedy Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow win the Best Film honor, it also took home Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Graphics and Best Use of Character.

The top prize earned Artivational a spot in the 2016 Filmapalooza in Atlanta, where Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow will be screened against other 48 Hour Film Project winners from across the country. It also caught the attention of 48 Hour Film Project creator and executive producer Mark Ruppert, who invited the team to represent North America in the international competition 48 Day Film Project ­— 5 Continents.

For this new challenge, Artivational will be working with casts and crews from Bolivia, Dubai, the Czech Republic and Durban, South Africa, to create a full-length feature film in 48 days. Work began Friday, Oct. 9, and the final cut must be completed by Thursday, Nov. 26. To help pay for renting cameras, lights and other film equipment and meals for the volunteer crews, the teams have launched an IndieGogo campaign. Contributions are accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 27, and are part of a Flexible Funding campaign, which means that the project will receive all funds raised even if it doesn’t meet its (appropriately) $4,848 goal.

• The short documentary Our Daily Dose has its North Carolina premiere at The Millroom Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The film offers a new critical look at water fluoridation by GMO OMG director Jeremy Seifert, who will participate in a post-film panel discussion with Dr. Angela Hind and Asheville-based attorney Lakota Denton. Light snacks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Green Sage Cafe, and The Millroom will have a full cash bar. $5-10 suggested donation.

• The documentary A Chorus in Miracles will be screened at the Creative Thought Center in Waynesville Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, at 7 p.m. The film is directed and produced by James Twyman — author of The Moses Code, which he also adapted for the screen — and is a celebration of Helen Schucman’s spiritual text, A Course in Miracles, which was first published in 1976.

The documentary profiles people throughout the U.S. who live the teachings of Schucman’s writing in interesting ways. Among them are an Emmy-winning composer, a professor at Oakland University in Michigan, who uses the book to teach the finer points of systems engineering, and five-time Grammy-winner Victor Wooten, who has been a student of A Course in Miracles since he was 16.

Reserve tickets for these limited-seating events by calling 246-2794. $10 at the door.

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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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