Screen scene: Local film news

DANCE WITH THE PAST: The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center screens rare footage of dancer Katherine Litz from Black Mountain College. Photo by Hazel Larsen Archer

• Asheville director Ben Carland’s feature film Shadows on the Wall is available to rent or purchase on iTunes and, where it is free to stream for Amazon Prime members. The film was shot in Hendersonville and follows three college students as they create a device capable of reaching beyond the boundaries of the known universe.

• The Pack Library Anime Club screens The Girl Who Leaped Through Time Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. The event is free and intended for adults and teens ages 13 and older. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center presents an evening of short films Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. The works include rare footage of dancer Katherine Litz from Black Mountain College (1951) and students in the Design Workshop at the Institute of Design in Chicago (1944). Tickets are $5 for BMCM+AC members/$8 non-members.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design‘s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop presents Beacon Blankets: Portrait of a Swannanoa Textile Mill Friday, Nov. 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The evening focuses on the rise and fall of the Beacon Manufacturing Co. and includes mill-inspired music by Robert “Bert” Brown, clips from filmmaker Rebecca Williams’ ongoing documentary project Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of an American Mill Town and a panel discussion with former Beacon Blanket mill employees, led by Appalachian historian David Whisnant. The event is free and open to the public.

• Registration is open for several Asheville School of Film classes. “Lighting 101 Weekend Workshop” will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The hands-on workshop is focused on teaching students how to produce the appropriate mood and visual context for a story using appropriate lighting in film. Tuition includes the use of all necessary equipment and supplies.

“Intermediate Filmmaking 201- Pre-production and Production” begins its eight-week course Wednesday, Dec. 16, and meets each Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The course will expand upon the information and skills learned in the introductory “Filmmaking 101″ course, focusing on story pitches, screenwriting, location scouting, actor casting, storyboard creation and shot lists. By the end of the course, students will have shot material for a short film that will be ready for post-production in the 2016 course, “Advanced Filmmaking 301.”

ASF is also offering a pair of three-day classes for youths during the winter school break. “Crew Positions and Careers” will be held Monday, Dec. 28, to Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon daily, and will introduce students to the numerous careers related to the film industry. “Green Screen Fun(damentals)” will be held the same days, from 1-4 p.m. Students who register for both classes receive a tuition discount.


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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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