Screen scene: Local film news

JARETH LIVES: David Bowie stars in Labyrinth, which kicks off North Asheville Library's monthlong tribute to the late, great artist's onscreen work. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

• The North Asheville Public Library’s April film series highlights the onscreen work of the late, great David Bowie. The weekly Saturday screenings begin April 2 with Labyrinth, followed by Basquiat (April 9), Absolute Beginners (April 16), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (April 23) and The Hunger (April 30). Each film starts at 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room and is free and open to the public.

• Registration opens Tuesday, April 12, for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, in which teams write, direct, shoot and edit a short movie over two days. On Friday, June 17, each group is assigned a character, prop, line of dialogue and genre to include in its movie. By Sunday, June 19, the completed movie must be submitted. Each finished film is guaranteed a screening Tuesday, June 21, through Thursday, June 23, at 7 and 10 p.m. at Asheville Pizza & Brewing on Merrimon Avenue.

Early Bird registration is $140 per team and runs through Monday, May 23. The regular $160 entry fee ends Tuesday, June 7, and $175 late entry lasts up to the June 17 kickoff event. The entries will be judged by a local panel. The winning film will go up against victors from around the world at Filmapalooza 2017 and compete for an opportunity to screen at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival Court Métrage, the Short Film Corner competition that runs parallel to the main event.

• On Feb. 27, Brevard-based filmmaker Philip Henry won an Emmy for his editing work on the short documentary Roy Williams’ Game Day Security Blanket at the Midsouth Emmy Awards in Nashville, Tenn. The film centers on Darrick Woods, a nurse manager at UNC Hospitals’ emergency services transitions unit in Chapel Hill who, since 1993, has served on the security detail for UNC Men’s Basketball.

Henry and his wife/producing partner, MacKenzie, own and operate Two Pine State. According to its Facebook page, the company “produces commissioned documentary films for ethos-driven organizations and individuals.” The company name was inspired by the Henrys splitting their time between North Carolina — whose state tree is the long leaf pine — and Maine, aka the Pine Tree State. The couple’s other projects include a short to launch YMCA of the Triangle’s “We Build People” fundraising campaign and a three-part video series on Maine Beer Co. in Freeport.


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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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