Screen scene: Local film news

ROCK STAR: In this still from Young Guns, 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi boulders in Japan. The adventure film will be screened during the Reel Rock 11 Film Tour's Oct. 27 stop at Diana Wortham Theatre. Photo by Brett Lowell

• The Reel Rock 11 Film Tour stops at Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. Founded in 2006 by filmmakers Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer, Reel Rock brings the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences across the globe and is considered by many to be the definitive annual event for climbing communities.

Selections for the 2016 program include films about 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner (Young Guns); lone wolf Mike Libecki, who reconciles his life of adventure with the new demands of parenthood (Rad Dad); and the four-year battle by Will Stanhope and Matt Segal to climb a forbidding 5.14-grade finger crack — ratings of 5.12 or above note advanced cracks — high in the Canadian alpine wilderness of the Bugaboos (Boys in the Bugs). Tickets are $18 and may be purchased online or at the DWT box office.

Western North Carolina AIDS Project and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic present a screening of Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Grail Moviehouse. Laura J. Lipson’s documentary tells the history of the Mississippi women who played a key role in the U.S. civil rights movement. A panel discussion about the issues at stake in the November election and the power of voting in Western North Carolina will follow the film. Free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided.

• The final seminar in local film historian and author Frank Thompson’s monthlong look at the history of horror films takes place Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Asheville School of Film. The session will focus on international horror (e.g., Eyes Without a Face and Let the Right One In) and horror in the 21st century (e.g., The Conjuring and Cabin in the Woods). The cost of the course is $40, and spots may be reserved online. Attendees who bring a Grail Moviehouse ticket stub from any show over the last three weeks of October receive a $20 discount for the class.


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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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