Screen scene: Local film news

HIGH SCORE: The documentary Tested will be screened at UNCA's Highsmith Union’s Alumni Hall.

• British Invasion Week takes place Monday, Jan. 18, to Saturday, Jan. 23, featuring musical films at Asheville Brewing Co.‘s Merrimon Avenue location. A Hard Days Night starts things off Jan. 18, followed by Gimme Shelter (Jan. 19), Tommy (Jan. 20) and Across the Universe (Jan. 21). Each film begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $3 or free with a warm clothing item donation.

UNC Asheville hosts a screening of the documentary Tested Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. in Highsmith Union’s Alumni Hall. Director Curtis Chin will be in attendance to discuss his film about how the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is used to select students for admission in elite New York City public schools, including Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech, and the impact of these methods on youths of different racial backgrounds.

Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-winning film Selma – a dramatization of the 1965 march through Alabama led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to demand voting rights – will be shown in Highsmith Union’s Grotto Friday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

•  The Orange Peel presents a ski movie double feature Wednesday, Jan. 27. The evening begins at 6:30 with Pretty Faces, which celebrates women who thrive in the snow. It’s followed by Fade to Winter at 7:15 p.m., a look at 10 skiers who go to extreme lengths for their favorite sport in Alaska, Iceland, British Columbia, Japan, Colorado, Italy and New England. Tickets are $12 advance and $15 the day of the show.

• Submissions are now being accepted for the 9th Annual Music Video Asheville, a showcase that celebrates collaborations between Asheville musicians and filmmakers. In 2015, 65 local artists sent in videos for consideration, and 30 were selected for a public screening. For 2016, the best 90 minutes of videos will be picked for a viewing and awards ceremony at Diana Wortham Theatre Wednesday, April 13. Prizes include a free day of studio time at Echo Mountain Recording Studios and a $500 cash prize.

• After filming in Asheville, Marion and Old Fort, The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter shifted its production to Rosman the week of Jan. 4. The film is inspired by the life of Oklahoma outdoor television pioneer Roger Raglin, stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride, and is directed by Jody Hill (Observe and Report). It is currently slated to open Dec. 25, 2017.

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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