Screen scene: Local film news

FISHTALES: A still from Grant Wiswell's Water Is Life, part of the Fly Fishing Film Tour, which stops at Highland Brewing Co. on Thursday, March 24. Photo by Wiswell

• The 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour makes a stop at Highland Brewing Co. on Thursday, March 24. The 10th annual tour features nine films with footage from across the globe of notable characters, intriguing storylines and elite fishing adventures. Subjects include the hunt for the world’s largest brook trout, the pursuit of billfish on the fly, giant pike, nimble golden dorado, fearsome giant trevally and incredibly strong British Columbia steelhead.

A pre-party with gifts, live entertainment and food available from local food trucks begins at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 and may be purchased in advance at Hunter Banks Fly Fishing. If space remains the night of the event, tickets will be $15 at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit the environmental and conservation projects of the Land O’ Sky Trout Unlimited Chapter throughout the region.

Asheville Brewing Co. hosts a pair of 25th anniversary screenings of The Silence of the Lambs on Thursday, March 24, at 7 and 10 p.m. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel was only the third film to win the “Big Five” Academy Awards, taking home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally). Tickets are $3 and go on sale the day before the event.

Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center has joined the list of filming locations for the upcoming remake of Dirty Dancing. ABC’s three-hour musical stars Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as Baby Houseman, Sarah Hyland (Modern Family”) as her older sister Lisa and Debra Messing (“Will and Grace”) as their mother Marjorie. Other announced roles are newcomer Colt Prattes as resort dance instructor Johnny Castle, Nicole Scherzinger (Men in Black 3) as his dance partner Penny Rivera and Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back) as bandleader Tito.

The Asheville School of Film’s Spring Into Film course is set for Tuesday, March 29, through Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The program is ideal for teenagers. Students will direct, shoot and edit a short three- to five-minute script of the group’s choosing, gain experience in filmmaking through professional guidance and the use of high-quality equipment and learn about the numerous career opportunities available in the film industry. The course costs $275 and includes access to all equipment.

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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