Screen scene: Local film news

Asheville musician Laura Boosinger in a new video by the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Amplified Media.

• The 18th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival takes place Thursday, April 9, through Sunday, April 12, in downtown Durham. Considered one of the premier nonfiction festivals in the country, Full Frame is a perennial home to Oscar nominees and winners and boasts an advisory board that includes legendary documentarians Ken Burns, Jonathan Demme, Steve James, Ross McElwee, Mira Nair, D.A. Pennebaker and chairman Martin Scorsese. The annual Full Frame Tribute will be presented to filmmaker Marshall Curry (If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front). This year’s thematic program is “The True Meaning of Pictures,” which examines the ethical portrayal of provocative content and is curated by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Watermark). The thematic lineup features Errol Morris’ Gates of Heaven and Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles.

The first trailer for Masterminds  has been released. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), the film is based on the true story of a night guard at Charlotte armored car company Loomis Fargo who organized one of the biggest bank heists in U.S. history. The film was shot last summer in Asheville — one quick clip in the trailer features Kristen Wiig’s character, Kelly, exiting the BB&T Building’s main entrance onto Broadway — as well as Franklin, Waynesville, Swannanoa and Old Fort. The action/comedy also stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis and is slated for a nationwide release on Friday, Aug. 7.

• The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Asheville-based Amplified Media have produced a short video titled Making Music in the Blue Ridge Mountains — Asheville’s Music Heritage. The film features interviews with local musicians Laura Boosinger and David Holt and highlights “Asheville’s many festivals and diverse venues [that] keep the area’s musical heritage alive and make it a unique destination for lovers of both traditional and contemporary music.” The video includes performances by Holt, Peter Gott, Bobby Hicks, Brian Hunter, Bud David, Susi Gott Séguret and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Footage was shot at Pack Square Park during Shindig on the Green, the Diana Wortham Theatre for the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival, Isis Restaurant & Music Hall and The Orange Peel.

• Andrew Simpson’s Found It Locations is expanding to Western North Carolina. The business specializes in sourcing locations for photo, film and video shoots and previously worked exclusively in the New York tri-state area. A recent Asheville transplant from Manhattan, Simpson has been collaborating with such local photographers as Keith Wright, Evan Kafka, Steven McBride and Lynne Harty and has produced shoots in the area for Blossman Gas, Belk, Human Design Medical and Time magazine, among others. Now he’s looking to work with WNC home- and business owners interested in offering their property for upcoming shoots. Property owners register their site(s) on Found It Locations’ website and are compensated when their home or business is booked. The client also provides insurance coverage for liability and property damage. Utilizing his 20 years of experience as a shoot producer, UK native Simpson works with professional photographers and high-end clients (e.g. Vanity Fair, Nike and Calvin Klein) who are respectful of the locations. Among other general guidelines, smoking and animals are prohibited during the use of these private spaces. To register your property and upload sample photos, visit


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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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