Screen scene: Local film news

TIS THE SEASON: Richard Curtis' holiday classic Love Actually will be screened for free at The Orange Peel and the Asheville Film Society's weekly Carolina Cinemas gathering. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

White Horse Black Mountain’s Movies That Matter series continues Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. with Blue Gold: World Water Wars. Based on Maude Barlow’s and Tony Clarke’s 2002 book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water, Sam Bozzo’s 2008 documentary examines Earth’s rapidly approaching water crisis and posits that wars of the future will be fought over water. Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, the film also follows the efforts of various people around the globe fighting to preserve their access to clean water.

Movies That Matter is curated by Katie Kasben and has screenings on the second Thursday of each month through February. Tickets to Blue Gold are $6.

• Men in Black is the next selection in the West Asheville Library’s After-school Alien Invasion Movie Series. Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the film is rated PG-13 and will screen Friday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

The Orange Peel hosts a holiday double feature Monday, Dec. 14. The PG-rated Elf begins at 6 p.m., followed by Love Actually (rated R), at 8 p.m. Both screenings are free and open to the public. Those unable to attend Love Actually, or who want to see it again, will have another free opportunity Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. when the Asheville Film Society shows the Richard Curtis comedy in Theater Six at The Carolina

• All Asheville filmmakers are invited to screen a short work before a live audience at Mechanical Eye Microcinema’s latest open screening Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. at the BeBe Theatre. Every genre and style is welcome, and the film may be old, new or a work-in-progress. Films with run times of no more than 10 minutes will be accepted in DVD, QuickTime or MPEG file, 16mm and Super 8 format.

Work may be submitted early by emailing, but day-of entries will be shown on a first-come, first-served basis, as time allows. There will be a short discussion after each piece with a chance to gather feedback from the audience.

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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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One thought on “Screen scene: Local film news

  1. Big Al

    “Love Actually” is one of those films that falls into my “weird one-timer” category, i.e. the first time I saw it I went “WOW, life-changing!”, but upon future re-viewings I scratch my head and say “what is the BFD?” I cannot explain this , but there are several other films that I have had the same experience with.

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