Screen scene: Local film news

Still from the stephaniesid video "Lonely in Manhattan."

Dana & Sarah Films screens new documentary GOSHEN: Places of Refuge for the Running People at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 7, at 10 p.m. The film is an account of the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico’s Copper Canyon who are known for their ability to run long distances and their resistance to disease. The ​screening will be followed by a Q&A session with ultrarunner Will Harlan, author of Untamed. The $5 suggested donation benefits Harlan’s nonprofit, Barefoot Seeds.

• Registration for the Asheville chapter of the 48 Hour Film Project is now open. Over the weekend of Friday, June 19-Sunday, June 21, filmmakers from around the area will compete to see who can create the best short film in a mere two days. The winning film will go up against projects from around the world.

Space is limited and teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early bird registration through Monday, May 25, is $140. Regular registration is $160, and late registration — after Tuesday, June 9 — is $175.

• Production has begun on Saluda’s Blue Ridge Music Traditions, an oral history documentary about the bygone days of square dances at the Saluda School gymnasium. The film is a collaboration between the Historic Saluda Committee and the Polk County Film Initiative and focuses on the town’s past and present music and dance scenes.

Filmmakers Kirk Gollwitzer and Lavin Cuddihee of the PCFI will incorporate the audio and video oral histories that the HSC has collected since 2010. Other archival sources include remastered audiocassette recordings of oral histories from 1981-83 collected by authors Anne Osborne and Charlene Pace for their book Saluda, N.C. 100 Years 1881-1981 and digital images that have been collected by the HSC.

“Other planned film shoots are scheduled throughout the spring and summer in Saluda to adequately showcase the various musical traditions that spun off from roots-based or folk music that has influenced Saluda’s musical tastes,” says Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, chair of the HSC. “This film will not only appeal to Saluda residents, but will be of interest to anyone who has an appreciation for the musical heritage of the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains and foothills.”

Saluda’s Blue Ridge Music Traditions will premiere in Saluda later this year and will be available for sale on DVD. It will also be featured at the inaugural Tryon International Film Festival in the fall.

• The eighth Music Video Asheville, an annual celebration of local musicians and filmmakers, took place on Wednesday, April 29. Submissions were culled to 29 finalists, which were then screened before an audience at the Diana Wortham Theatre. This year’s winners are as follows: “The Rolling Baby Blanket of the Blue” by The Moon and You for best costume design; “Soul Driven” by CrazyHorse & Colston for best cinematography; “Opium Den” by Foul Mouth Jerk for best visual design; “Friday” by Belaplane for best editing and judge’s choice; “Let me Heal You” by Indigo DeSouza for best soundtrack; “Lonely in Manhattan” by stephaniesid for crowd favorite; LEAF award to filmmaker Taylor Hellhake of Betaplane. More info at

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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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