Screen scene: Local film news

PARTY LIKE IT'S 1989: The Carolina Cinemark is the local host for the sixth annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies on May 11. The screening includes the previously unreleased July 2, 1989, Dead show at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., and more. Image courtesy of Fathom Events

The Fine Arts Theatre presents a screening of Thunder Road on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Filmed in and around Asheville, the 1958 classic stars Robert Mitchum as a Korean War veteran who returns to his hometown in Tennessee and inherits his family’s bootleg moonshine business, putting him at odds with the mob and federal agents.

The event also includes special guest speaker Michael Gouge, lecturer of mass communication at UNC Asheville. Thunder Road was required viewing in Gouge’s first-year colloquium Film, the Automobile and American Culture. Tickets are $8 and available online and at the Fine Arts box office.

The Carolina Cinemark is the local host for the sixth annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. The screening includes the previously unreleased July 2, 1989, Dead show at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.; backstage footage from the first Dead & Company Tour; and an interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux about the July 1978: The Complete Recordings box set (which will be released two days later). Tickets are $10.50 for children, $11.50 for seniors and students, $12.50 for adults and may be purchased online or at the Carolina Cinemark box office.

• The West Asheville Library’s After School Alien Invasion Movie Series continues with a screening of Space Jam on Friday, May 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy is rated PG and centers on former pro basketball star Michael Jordan, who teams with the Looney Tunes to win their freedom from evil extraterrestrials. Free and open to the public.

• Applications are being taken for FierceFlix, a summer film camp open to girls and gender minorities ages 8-16. It runs the week of June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at The Refinery Creator Space. Campers will work in groups to write, direct, shoot and edit music videos for the bands at Girls Rock Asheville, which will premiere at a public screening at the end of the week. Each day, campers will attend video shoots, filmmaking instruction, workshops and a mini-screening and Q&A with a female filmmaker. No experience is necessary, and all video equipment is provided. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so early sign-up is recommended. Suggested tuition is $150 per camper, but no student will be turned away due to lack of funds.


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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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