Screen scene: Local film news

SPIN YOUR PARTNER: Community members square dance at the Saluda School gym in the mid-1950s. The scene is one of many covered in the documentary Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions. Photo courtesy of Nancy Barnett

The Grail Moviehouse holds a screening of Orson WellesThe Stranger on Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. The event is in conjunction with the Asheville School of Film Director’s Series, hosted by film scholar Frank Thompson, and is open to the public. Tickets are $7.

• The theme of the North Asheville Library’s June film series is “Rock ‘n’ Roll Musicals You May Have Missed.” Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise, starring Paul Williams, William Finley and Jessica Harper, begins the latest set of connected titles on Saturday, June 4. The other films are Sidney Lumet’s The Wiz, with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsey Russell on Saturday, June 11; Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages, featuring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough and Catherine Zeta-Jones on Saturday, June 18; and John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig & The Angry Inch, led by Mitchell, Miriam Shor and Michael Pitt on Saturday, June 25. All films will be shown at 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room with the exception of Rock of Ages, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public.

• The documentary Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions premieres Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda. The Historic Saluda Committee has been collecting oral histories through audio and video since 2010, primarily from its senior citizens. With the help of the Polk County Film Initiative, these recollections of the town’s rich musical heritage come together with contemporary gospel, old-time and Americana acts and a visit to WNCW’s Studio B in Spindale. The screening is free and open to the public, and DVDs of the film will be available for purchase.

Asheville School of Film holds its free summer open house and filmmaker mixer on Sunday, June 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. Co-owners Brad Hoover and Bill Pivetta and manager Beth Rhyne will be present, along with several guest instructors and local filmmakers. The community is invited to enjoy complimentary refreshments and learn about upcoming classes for youths and adults. RSVP to or at ASoF’s Facebook page.

NYS3 — The Meisner Acting Conservatory for the Southeast is hosting a week of professional workshops from Monday, June 13, to Friday, June 17. Access as many as 13 introductory workshops scheduled throughout the week for one-time fee of $15. Offerings include Meisner Acting Technique, Improv, Filmmaking, Movement for Actors, Alexander Technique, Acting as a Business, Voiceover, Script Analysis, Voice & Speech, Auditioning and The Moment Lab. Class sizes may be limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged.


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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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