Screen scene: Local film news

SHE SAID, SHE SAID: A still from the film Voices of Muslim Women from the U.S. South. Director Maha Marouan will screen her work and participate in a post-film discussion Tuesday, March 22, as part of the F (feminist)-Word Film Festival at UNC Asheville. Photo courtesy of Women Make Movies, wmm.com

Mechanical Eye Microcinema presents Bloodlust of the American Dream, expanded cinema performances by Simon Tarr and Charlotte Taylor on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Asheville Area Arts Council Art Incubator at 207 Coxe Ave.

Tarr’s Blood Lust of the Wolf is a new live-cinema performance that remixes Robert Flaherty’s 1922 film Nanook of the North into a fugue state about race, ethnicity and exploitation. Taylor’s and Robert Edmondson’s Relieving the American Dream is a multiprojector film and sound-performance shot on a cross-country road trip. In it, 16mm and Super 8 film loops are layered with sounds of the spaces on the road to inspect, re-evaluate and relive the “American dream.” Tickets are $5, but no one will be turned away. mechanicaleyecinema.org

The West Asheville Library’s free after-school Alien Invasion Film Series continues Friday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m. with Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The G-rated animated feature from Nickelodeon follows the titular 10-year-old as he and his friends lead kids from around the globe to save their parents, who’ve been kidnapped by gooey, green aliens known as Yokians. avl.mx/1z5

UNC Asheville’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program hosts the F (feminist)-Word Film Festival, at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 22, at the Laurel Forum in Karpen Hall. The Monday event is a screening and panel discussion of Three to Infinity, the first feature documentary on people who are neither male nor female. On Tuesday, filmmaker Maha Marouan will screen her 30-minute short documentary, Voices of Muslim Women from the U.S. South, and will participate in a post-screening Q&A discussion. Free and open to the public. wgss.unca.edu

• Teams of cinephiles are encouraged to start organizing for the sixth iteration of Ten Minute Movies at Toy Boat Community Art Space on Saturday, April 9. The popular event features groups performing their favorite films, live, in fewer than 10 minutes, with assistance from homemade props and plenty of imagination. Interested parties may sign up through the event’s Facebook page and arrange for tech times with sound and lights the day of the show. All proceeds benefit Toy Boat. avl.mx/2c8

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com 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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