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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Asheville acoustic quartet Tellico is the subject of the third Southern Songs and Stories episode. Series directors Joe Kendrick and Tony Preston have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production and editing. Photo by Jennifer Callahan

The Center for Cultural Preservation presents the Culture Vulture Film Festival Friday, Oct. 30, at Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium in Flat Rock. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a live performance by local musician Tom Fisch and a barbecue supper, followed by three films at 7 p.m.

Selections include Where Neon Goes to Die, which chronicles the story of Yiddish culture in the South; Golden Side of the Tracks, a documentary about the Overtown community in Miami. (once considered the Harlem of the South); and the world premiere of The Land Continues to Speak to Us, which incorporates which the voices of mountain elders throughout Western North Carolina.

Each film will be followed by a brief panel discussion with local experts and the film’s director. Advance tickets are $20 for adults/$15 for children. They can be purchased online or by calling 692-8062. Prices are $5 more at the door. Proceeds go toward the center’s ongoing oral history project that currently includes interviews with more than 50 mountain elders in 10 WNC counties

• The Leicester Public Library will host a double feature of silent movies Friday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. The evening begins with the 1920 horror film Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (80 minutes) starring John Barrymore, followed by Stan Laurel’s 1925 parody Dr. Pyckle & Mr. Pride (20 minutes), a film made prior to his teaming with Oliver Hardy. Local film historian Chip Kaufmann will provide commentary. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary popcorn will be served, and all ages are welcome.

• The documentary Citizen Autistic will screen as part of UNC Asheville’s Disability Is Diversity Week in Highsmith Union Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. William Davenport’s film examines people at the forefront of autism activism fighting for human rights and self-advocacy. Admission to the 58-minute film is free and popcorn and soda will be provided.

• Following successful documentaries on Aaron Burdett and The Honeycutters, Joe Kendrick and Tony Preston turn their cameras on Asheville acoustic quartet Tellico for the third episode of Southern Songs and Stories. Production began the weekend of Oct. 16 as the filmmakers shadowed the band to two regional shows, chronicling its live performances, getting to know the individual musicians and uncovering key figures who influenced the group’s Appalachian roots sound.

To help cover filming and editing costs, Kendrick and Preston have launched a Kickstarter campaign. Rewards for backers range from a message of thanks to front-row seating at a private screening of the episode with a performance from Tellico Sunday, Nov. 15.

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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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