Screen scene: Local film news

MILLER TIME: Breanna Foister stars as Ferrari Thunderbird “Ferra” Taylor in The Girl From Carolina. The comedy-noir web series' second season debuts in its entirety on May 1. Photo courtesy of Well Dang! Productions

Asheville Pizza & Brewing concludes its celebration of National Humor Month with a screening of Napoleon Dynamite on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 and available at the theater’s box office.

YWCA of Asheville sponsors a screening of Embrace on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at Asheville Pizza & Brewing. The documentary explores why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what women everywhere can do to have a brighter future. Free. Contact Leah Berger-Singer at or 828-254-7206, ext. 212 to reserve a spot.

Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Asheville School of Film student projects on Saturday, April 29, from noon to 1 p.m. Over the span of eight weeks (Intro to Filmmaking), two eight-week courses (Intermediate/Advanced Filmmaking) and four days (Spring into Film youth program), students produced a total of four short digital films from conception to completion under the guidance of Brad Hoover and W.S. Pivetta. Free.

Mechanical Eye Microcinema offers a Cellphone Cinema for Non-Geeks workshop on Sunday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. Peter Goldsmith will show beginners and digital non-natives how to make movies using their smartphones. Tuition is $30. Register online.

• The second season of the comedy-noir web series “The Girl From Carolina” will be released on Monday, May 1. While season one focused on shorter mysteries, season two finds Ferrari Thunderbird “Ferra” Taylor (Breanna Foister) trying to solve one big case. Fresh from a stint in rehab and set on proposing to her deadbeat boyfriend, she discovers he’s running for governor of South Carolina on a platform of seceding from the United States. Ferra rushes to intervene before her boyfriend ruins not only himself, but the entire state.

Created by Greenville, S.C.-based Well Dang! Productions, the second season was initially shot as a feature-length film and premiered under the title God Bless New Dixie at the 2016 Tryon International Film Festival. It also played at the South Carolina Underground Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Feature.

Wedge Brewing Co. hosts a screening of The Thin Man on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Cloud Room at its new Foundation brewery. Free.

The Orange Peel kicks off its Summer Movie Series with The Big Lebowski on Monday, May 1, at 8 p.m. Free.


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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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