Screen scene: Local film news

THEY DID: Buncombe County sheriff’s deputies arrested protesters in 2012 as part of the WE DO campaign. Xpress file photo

Mechanical Eye Microcinema partners with Colorado-based nonprofit film company Process Reversal to present Frenkel Defects at Firestorm Books & Cafe Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7-9 p.m.

According to Process Reversal’s press release, this third installment in the recurring traveling series “aims to explore what it means to work in — and exhibit on — photochemical film today by examining works from artists operating specifically in this practice. Often, this involves getting their hands dirty at every stage of the process, from optical effects to photo-processing, editing and contact printing, optical sound recording and even the creation of the photosensitive emulsion itself. As a result (and as suggested by the series’ title), creative aberrations make their way into the standard photochemical process, giving birth to a new, textural aesthetic that plays out on the surface of the film strip.”

Curator Kevin Rice will be in attendance to present these rare and diverse works from across the globe, all in their intended 16mm format. Admission is $5 or pay what you can.

• The Regal Biltmore Grande 15 hosts an advance screening of the forthcoming documentary PlantPure Nation Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. Nelson Campbell’s film chronicles the efforts of three advocates for plant-based nutrition as well as the director’s own grassroots approach to instill such a diet in his hometown of Mebane. Campbell will be on hand to participate in a post-film Q&A. Tickets are available online at the theater, both at regular evening show rates.

The Campaign for Southern Equality has launched an Indigogo fundraising drive for a documentary short titled Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Across the South. The mission is to take roughly 85 hours of footage showing LGBT couples applying for and being denied marriage licenses from Poplarville, Miss., to Morristown, Tenn., to Wilson, and trim it down to a 30-minute film. These efforts were part of the WE DO campaign, which began in Asheville in 2011 under the leadership of CSE executive director Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara and WE DO campaign manager Lindsey Simerly.

A $7,500 production goal has been set, and donor rewards include a digital download or DVD of the finished film, tickets to the Asheville premiere and a thank-you in the film’s credits.

• The Weaverville Library holds a Foreign Film Night screening of the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. Philippe Falardeau’s film is about the bond between the titular Algerian immigrant substitute teacher (Mohamed Fellag) and his Montréal grade school students and the lessons they learn from one another about dealing with grief and loss. The event is free, complimentary popcorn will be provided, and a short discussion led by local film aficionado Roy Turnbaugh will follow.

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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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