Screen scene: Local film news

MOUNTAIN MUSIC 101: Music historian Doug Orr is interviewed for the documentary From Knee to Knee: The Roots of Mountain Music. The film will be screened during the Culture Vulture Film Festival on Nov. 4 at Blue Ridge Community College’s Blue Ridge Conference Hall.
MOUNTAIN MUSIC 101: Music historian Doug Orr is interviewed for the documentary From Knee to Knee: The Roots of Mountain Music. The film will be screened during the Culture Vulture Film Festival on Nov. 4 at Blue Ridge Community College’s Blue Ridge Conference Hall. Photo by Ervin Dargan

Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Pump Up the Volume on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:15 p.m. A portion of ticket sales go toward helping 103.3 AshevilleFM meet its fall fundraising goal. Tickets are $10 and available online or at the Grail box office. avl.mx/33q

• The documentary Alive Inside will be shown Thursday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Epic Theatres of Hendersonville, and Friday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville. The film chronicles Dan Cohen’s efforts to help those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias through the experience of listening to their favorite music. Free and open to the public. Donations to the Just Press Play: Awakening the Mind through Music Coalition will be accepted to promote the use of individualized music in long-term care facilities in the Asheville area.

• Grail Moviehouse is home to the Asheville premiere of Cutting Chai on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. The documentary features Meherwan Irani and his head chefs at Chai Pani as they travel through India, hitting 10 cities in 10 days by planes, trains and auto-rickshaws while sampling the local cuisine. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Tickets are $13, include a complimentary chai and are available online or at the Grail box office. avl.mx/33r

• On Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. the Fine Arts Theatre presents HamiltunesAVL, Asheville’s first Hamilton musical singalong. Attendees of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite character from the Tony-winning musical and sing their favorite song from the show via an aisle mic, or simply sing from one’s seat with the aid of lyrics projected on the screen. Tickets are $10 and available online or at the Fine Arts box office. Proceeds benefit the Asheville Choral Societyavl.mx/33s

• In honor of Guy Fawkes Day (Nov. 5), Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. is showing V for Vendetta on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at its Merrimon Ave. theater. Admission is $3 and the first 50 to buy tickets will receive a free “V” shirt made especially for the occasion. ashevillebrewing.com

The Center for Cultural Preservation presents the Culture Vulture Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 4, at Blue Ridge Community College’s Blue Ridge Conference Hall. Selections include the documentaries The Last One (about Western North Carolina moonshiner Popcorn Sutton), A Mighty Fine Memory (about Madison County fiddler Roger Howell) and From Knee to Knee: The Roots of Mountain Music. Tickets for dinner, music and films cost $20 and film-only tickets are $15. They may be purchased online or by calling 692-8062. saveculture.org

• Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Democracy for Sale on Saturday, Nov. 5, at noon. The documentary follows North Carolina native Zach Galifianakis throughout his home state as he investigates its transformation at the hands of political spending. Free and open to the public. avl.mx/33t

Mechanical Eye Microcinema’s monthly Cameraless Film Bee takes place Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1-2 p.m. at its 207 Coxe Ave. space. In the hourlong class, students will learn a technique for cameraless animation on 16mm film from Charlotte Taylor. Free and open to all ages, but space is limited. mechanicaleyecinema.org

• Asheville-based film artist Kira Bursky is participating in Transformations, a new commissioning program at the National YoungArts Foundation. To and From — created by Bursky (2014 Winner in Cinematic Arts) with Da’Shawn Mosley (2012 Winner in Writing & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Tatev Yeghiazaryan (2005 Winner in Voice) and Nick Ramey (2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts) — “follows three artists who feel trapped in loneliness, isolation and dissatisfaction,” according to a press release. “Throughout the film, each character gradually embarks on a journey that leads to a united path of growth, which adds purpose to their existence, and allows them to become a part of something much bigger than themselves. That film and others from the program will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Miami. They’ll livestream on the YoungArts Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. that day. facebook.com/YoungArtsFoundation

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin is a freelance writer and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). He also contributes to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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