Screen scene: Local film news

VICTORY: In this video still from Jan. 2, 2013, a couple apply for a marriage license in Hattiesburg, Miss. The documentary Love Won, which chronicles over 200 Southern couples' efforts to achieve national marriage equality, premieres June 26 at the Fine Arts Theatre. Photo courtesy of the Campaign for Southern Equality

• For those who missed the premiere of Julian Price: Envisioning Community, Investing in People, the film will be screened again on Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre. Asheville filmmaker Erin Derham’s documentary chronicles the late Price’s efforts to revitalize downtown Asheville and includes interviews with numerous local figures. Tickets are $10 online or at the Fine Arts box office, and all proceeds benefit the YES (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund at Diana Wortham Theatre.

• The Fine Arts Theatre celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina with a screening of America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Local documentarian Paul Bonesteel’s film is the first feature about legendary German forester and educator Schenck, who introduced scientific forest management to America and established the Biltmore Forest School, the nation’s first forestry school. Tickets are $20 at the Fine Arts box office or online, and proceeds benefit the Conservation Trust’s efforts to protect natural and scenic lands along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Altamont Theatre hosts a screening of A Mighty Fine Memory: Stories and Tunes from the Fiddler of Banjo Branch on Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. The documentary on revered Madison County fiddler Roger Howell, by Hannah Furgiuele and Rebecca Jones, will be followed by a brief Q&A session and a concert featuring Howell, Jerry Sutton (guitar), Cathy Arrowood (bass), Mike Hunter (mandolin) and Troy Harrison (banjo). Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 day of show/$30 for VIP seats in the first three rows.

The Campaign for Southern Equality celebrates one year of national marriage equality with the premiere of the documentary Love Won. It screens at the Fine Arts Theatre on Sunday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. Bronx Obama director Ryan Murdock’s film tells the story of the 200-plus couples who applied for and were denied marriage licenses across the South, from 2011-15, as part of the WE DO Campaign. Tickets are $35 for adults/$20 children, available online, and include a post-film catered brunch at First Congregational

Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Queer Moxie on Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m., as part of the city-wide Stonewall Commemoration Week. The behind-the-scenes look into queer performance art from the fringe to the mainstream features interviews, archival and performance footage with comedians, drag kings and queens, spoken word artists and burlesque dancers. Tickets are $12 and available online and at The Grail box office. A Q&A session will follow the screening.


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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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