Screen scene: Local film news

THE OTHER OKTOBERFEST: Local film historian Frank Thompson leads a monthlong seminar on horror films each Sunday afternoon at Asheville School of Film. The Oct. 2 class explores the genre's roots, including 1922's Nosferatu (pictured). Photo courtesy of Republic Pictures Home Video

Harvest Records and Grail Moviehouse present a screening of Miss Sharon Jones on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 9:15 p.m. at the Grail. Barbara Kopple’s documentary follows the Grammy-nominated soul singer as she battles pancreatic cancer while remaining determined to evolve as a musician. Tickets are $9 and available online or at the Grail box office.

Mountain Coalition for Healthcare Decisions presents a screening of Being Mortal at Grail Moviehouse on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. The “Frontline” documentary chronicles the work of renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. A discussion will follow the film. Free and open to the public.

Asheville School of Film’s fall open house and filmmaker mixer takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. The institute’s classroom and studio facility will be open for viewing and ASoF co-owners Brad Hoover and W.S. Pivetta, manager Beth Rhyne and other guest instructors will be available to chat about upcoming classes and seminars. RSVP via Facebook or by emailing

• The inaugural International Asheville will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Grail Moviehouse. Designed to spotlight and bring together people with international interests, the event includes networking opportunities, a presentation by Asheville resident and Hadaya Toys co-founder Jennifer MacDonald, exhibits and a screening of the global connectivity documentary Planetary. Tickets are $10 and available online or at the Grail box office.

• Beginning Oct. 2, local film historian Frank Thompson leads a monthlong seminar on horror films each Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Asheville School of Film. The material proceeds in chronological order from the silent era to such recent entries as It Follows and The Babadook. Single seminars cost $40 or attend all five weeks for a discounted rate of $175. Register

• On Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., UNC Asheville hosts a screening of QORDS Camp in the Laurel Forum on the first floor of Karpen Hall. The short documentary chronicles the works of QORDS (short for Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer), a Southern summer camp that builds queer community through music. After the screening, filmmakers Rick Dillwood and Carrie Hart will talk about the making of the documentary and answer questions. 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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