Screen scene: Local film news

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS In this still from the documentary Trapped, clinic escorts gather to pray at Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, Ala. The Fine Arts Theatre hosts a free screening of Dawn Porter’s award-winning film on June 30. Photo courtesy of Abramorama

• On Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m., The Fine Arts Theatre hosts a screening of Trapped in support of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. Dawn Porter’s film puts a personal face on the restrictive Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers laws that are part of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellersted, the biggest Supreme Court case on abortion of the past decade. The feature also won a special jury prize for social impact filmmaking at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where jurors lauded how it “highlights a critical issue through intimate and passionate storytelling.” A Q&A session and discussion of the film and the impact of recent anti-abortion legislation will follow the screening. Free and open to the public. Seats may be reserved

The Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Yes You May: The Story of Christopher’s Garden on Saturday, July 2, at noon. Directed by local filmmaker Bill Torgerson, the short documentary profiles artist Christopher Mello, his creative West Asheville garden and its positive impact on the community. Mello and Torgerson will be on hand to participate in a post-film Q&A session. Free and open to the public.

• The theme of the North Asheville Public Library’s July film series is “Technicolor: Candy-colored, Boisterous, Lush & Lurid.” Stanley Donen’s Charade, starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau, kicks things off Saturday, July 2. The other titles are Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind, featuring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall and Robert Stack on Saturday, July 9; Laurence Olivier’s Henry V, with Olivier, Robert Newton and Leslie Banks on Saturday, July 16; Federico Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits on Saturday, July 23; and Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession, led by Hudson, Jane Wyman and Agnes Moorehead on Saturday, July 30. All films will be shown at 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Free and open to the public.


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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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