• “When Fact Met Fiction,” Asheville’s newest scripted web series, premiered last week on YouTube and Vimeo. The family-friendly romantic comedy is set in the office of Southern Sunset magazine, a lifestyle publication owned by single mother and widow Celeste Frank (Carol Shores). When Southern Sunset loses its lead writer days before the issue goes to print, Celeste is forced to call in a family favor from her brother-in-law Jon (Jeff Alexander), who secretly writes best-selling romance novels under the name Nathaniel Embers. Upon arrival, Jon falls for the magazine’s new technical editor, Olivia Smith (Rebekah Babelay), but vows to win her over without revealing his alter ego, who just so happens to be her favorite author.
A new installment in the eight-episode season will debut each Friday until the end of January. Each episode runs roughly 10 minutes and bonus content, such as blooper reels and cast interviews, will also be posted. Other cast members include Mondy Carter, Madison Garris, Karen Covington-Yow, Josef Liner, Miles Rice and Drez Ryan. The series is created by Asheville native Stefan Liner and his business partner and mother, Robin Liner. Their company, East Stream Studio, launched earlier this year and is dedicated to creating projects that celebrate Southern culture and use the talents of the Asheville area’s artistic community. whenfactmetfiction.com
• The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center presents an evening of short films about Black Mountain College painters on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at its 69 Broadway space. Selected films include Willem de Kooning: Artist, Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself and Josef Fiore: The Nature of the Artist. The event is free for BMCM+AC members and students with an $8 suggested donation for non-members. blackmountaincollege.org
• Local film historian Frank Thompson leads a Christmas movie seminar on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Asheville School of Film. The course will cover such themes as Nativity scenes, A Christmas Carol, Christmas classics (e.g., It’s A Wonderful Life and The Bishop’s Wife), Christmas horror (e.g., Black Christmas) and Santa Claus. Each theme will explore old and new versions of frequently revisited stories as well as styles ranging from classic to parody. The seminar fee is $40, and registration is available online. avl.mx/36w
• The Israeli Film Series, a monthly collaboration between Grail Moviehouse and the Asheville Jewish Community Center, continues Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Grail with The Green Prince. Nadav Schirman’s documentary reveals how Mosab Hassan Yousef went from being the loyal son of a founding member of Hamas to a key Israeli spy. Tickets are $7 and available online and at the Grail box office. avl.mx/36x