Screen scene: Local film news

SONS OF INDIANA JONES: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zola and Jayson Lamb pause in the 1980s on the set of their shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. On July 22, Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Raiders! – a new documentary about their efforts. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

• The Fine Arts Theatre partners with the Asheville section of the American Institute of Architects for a screening of Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. The documentary details how the New York City architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro converted the derelict High Line railroad tracks on the city’s West Side into a sophisticated 1 1/2-mile elevated urban park, a project completed at the same time the firm’s revitalization and expansion of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was wrapping up.

Proceeds from the screening will benefit Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation to help fund projects in the Asheville community. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Fine Arts box office and

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center shows the documentary M.C. Richards: The Fire Within on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. Created by Richard Kane and Melody Lewis-Kane, the film celebrates the life and legacy of Richards, a Black Mountain College potter, poet, painter, author, translator and educator who was at the school from 1945-51. Free for BMCM+AC members and students/$5 for nonmembers.

Mechanical Eye Microcinema presents No Home Movie on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Grail Moviehouse. The final feature from the late Chantal Akerman is a portrait of the director’s relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and frequent presence in many of her daughter’s films. Tickets are $5, available at the Grail box office and online, and proceeds go to Mechanical Eye.

• On Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m., the Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and others, the documentary chronicles the efforts of three 11­-year­-old Mississippi boys to make a faithful shot­-for-­shot adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. After seven years of work, the young filmmakers had finished every scene except one, and over two decades later they reunite with the original cast to complete their labor of love.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Eric Zala — subject of Raiders! and director of the remake fan film — and a showing of the cult fan film made by Zala and his friends in the mid-’80s. Tickets are $10 and available at the Grail box office and


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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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5 thoughts on “Screen scene: Local film news

  1. boatrocker

    Indiana Jones? Snakes? I really have to explain?
    Rough crowd on this site.

    • Edwin Arnaudin

      Just because I didn’t fire back with a quote from the movie doesn’t mean your comment was lost on me.

      • boatrocker

        Obviously. You do have a movie rich knowledge for having posted here.
        I’m just playing the part of making a joke and hearing crickets.

        I’m quite curious as to how a scene for scene of ROTLA would look honestly.
        As a kid I watched a documentary on the making of that movie and loved it.
        I loved the melting faces scene at the end.
        I’d picture plastic squeezy ketchup bottles squirting various types of gore, but as they say, no spoilers please!

        Lighten up, Internets, etc. It’s just information pushed through tubes.

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