Screen scene: Local film news

TOURIST SEASON: A still from the teaser video for Dead Brew, an Asheville-set zombie film. Local filmmaker and photographer David Huff seeks to raise $25,000 for the production by Nov. 18 through a Kickstarter campaign. Photo courtesy of Suttle Film

The Fine Arts Theatre hosts a screening of Here, There and Everywhere on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. The 67th feature film from ski-film pioneer Warren Miller Entertainment includes a freeski adventure in Crested Butte, Colo., a tour of Eastern Greenland by dog sled, a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express, explorations of the back country of Western Montana’s Glacier Country, a powder day with the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia and more. The documentary also features on-screen interviews with Miller himself. The event is presented by Asheville Ski Club. Tickets are $12 and available online or at the Fine Arts box office.

• The Groovy Movie Club will screen Captain Fantastic on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Buffy Queen’s home in Dellwood, in Haywood County. The afternoon begins with a potluck lunch at 1:15 p.m., and the film — about a father (Viggo Mortensen) raising his children off the grid in the Pacific Northwest — starts at 2 p.m. The GMC meets monthly “to screen excellent films, with a message,” followed by a discussion. Free and open to the public. Contact or call 454-5949 or 926-2508 to RSVP and for directions or more information.

• The Israeli Film Series, a collaboration between Grail Moviehouse and the Asheville Jewish Community Center, continues Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Grail with Wedding Doll. Nitzan Giladi’s narrative drama revolves around Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency who works in a toilet-paper factory and lives with her single mother, Sarah. When a relationship develops between Hagit and the son of the factory owner, she hides it from her mother and faces further complications upon learning of her employer’s pending closure. Tickets are $7 and available online or at the Grail box office.

The Kickstarter campaign for local filmmaker and photographer David Huff’s feature film Dead Brew is active through Friday, Nov. 18. The movie centers on a powerful hurricane hitting Asheville, after which gallons of contaminated coal ash spill into the city’s water supply and turn its citizens into flesh-eating zombies on the eve of the annual Zombie Walk. As the greedy local government covers up the spill, hardworking barista Piper, her weather-loving brother Fitz and homeless Iraq war veteran Jerry join forces to save the day.

Huff is seeking to raise $25,000 to help pay the film’s screenwriter, Bryan Kish, hire a producer to do a breakdown and create a budget, put together a development package for investors and begin production. Backer rewards range from a shoutout on the film’s website and a limited-edition bottle opener to behind-the-scenes access during filming and a VIP party with the cast and crew.


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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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One thought on “Screen scene: Local film news

  1. Big Al

    re: Dead Brew:

    1) How does a “powerful hurricane” (a mostly nautical event) strike Asheville, which is a four-hour drive from the nearest coast?

    2) How does “contaminated coal ash…turn its citizens into flesh-eating zombies”. Mercury poisoning, yes, but zombies?

    3) Which “greedy local government covers up the spill”? The greedy Liberal-Democrat city council, or the greedy Liberal-Democrat majority county board of commissioners?

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