Screen scene: Local film news

GHOST STORY: Phantomythography: A Young Ghost Comes of Age, about “two girls caught in a never-ending game of chase,” will be shown as part of filmmaker O.K. Keyes’ installation and workshop on March 12 at Pack Memorial Library. Image courtesy of filmmaker O.K. Keyes

• Twenty-five local or Asheville-adjacent short films will be screened at The Magnetic Theatre for the inaugural Asheville’s Reel Comedy: A Funny Film Extravaganza Thursday, March 10, through Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. The event is produced and curated by writer and filmmaker Toni Sherwood, who’s also the theater’s venue manager. Film festival winners, sketch comedy films and minimovies running from just under two minutes to 20 minutes make up the approximately two-hour program, which also includes an intermission.

Selected Asheville filmmakers include Shane Peters, Anne Slatton, the team of director Chris Cassels and writer Tom Chalmers and the all-woman sketch comedy troupe LYLAS. Each night includes an audience vote for the consensus favorite film. The winner will receive an award and prizes from the event’s sponsors. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Mechanical Eye Microcinema presents Phantomythography & Glitch Perfect, an installation and workshop by filmmaker O.K. Keyes on Saturday, March 12, at Pack Memorial Library.

Phantomythography: A Young Ghost Comes of Age is Keyes’ multiprojection video installation piece that, according to a press release, explores “the fiction of memory and identity through the lens of a queer Southern space. A haunted forest is constructed through fragmented screens, upon which the distorted, disjointed narrative of two girls caught in a never-ending game of chase unfolds.” The installation runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the library auditorium.

Glitch Perfect: A Free Glitchmaking Workshop explores whether a glitch is still a glitch if it’s done on purpose. Similar questions will be asked in this technical workshop on glitch art and the power of breaking. Queer Theory meets media art in this step-by-step process for creating one’s own glitchy GIFs using open-source software. It takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the library’s downstairs computer lab and is free and open to the public, though adolescents, teens and young adults are the workshop’s target audience.

Asheville School of Film invites the local community to its spring open house and filmmaker mixer on Sunday, March 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. Mingle, socialize and discuss upcoming classes with the school’s faculty and the Asheville-area film community. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. RSVPs are requested via ASoF’s Facebook page or by emailing

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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