Screen scene: Local film news

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Buster Keaton stars as a man on a desperate quest for a bride in order to receive a $7 million inheritance in Seven Chances. The 1925 comedy screens May 7 at the Grail Moviehouse. Photo courtesy of Kino Video

• In honor of Star Wars Day, Asheville Brewing Co. will show Rogue One at 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 4. Tickets are $3. Attendees who wear a Star Wars costume or wield a light saber receive free admission.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is a tour stop for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, May 4, 7-10 p.m. The event features a selection of films — all of which address the environmental concerns and celebrations of Earth — from the 15th annual festival, held in Nevada City, Calif. The screening begins at 8 p.m. and is co-presented by MountainTrue. General admission tickets are sold out, but a limited number of $125 VIP passes remain, which include a special sustainability tour of the brewery at 5 p.m. and a catered reception on the balcony of the High Gravity reception hall, a prime viewing area for the evening’s films.

Mechanical Eye Microcinema offers a Parents Night Out on Friday, May 5, 6-9 p.m. Parents and guardians are invited to drop off their children ages 4-12 for an evening of moviemaking under the guidance of Lisa Smith and Charlotte Taylor. Tuition is $25 for one student, $40 for two siblings and $55 for three. Participants may arrive as soon as 5:30 p.m. and depart as late as 9:30 p.m. Register

Hickory Nut Gap Farm hosts a Family Movie Night screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) in its Big Barn on Saturday, May 6, at 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a blanket and chair. Admission is $6, and children ages 4 and younger get in for free. Popcorn, dinner and Asheville Brewing Co. beers will be available for purchase.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour stops by Oskar Blues Brewery on Saturday, May 6. Now in its 11th year, the annual collection of fishing films features adventures from Siberia, Idaho, Mexico, Florida, Kamchatka, Alaska, Montana and more. The evening starts with a 6 p.m. pre-party with live music from Dave Desmelik and raffle prize drawings. Films begin at 8 p.m. Reserve your spot online and bring your own chairs, as seats are limited. Proceeds from the taproom and all raffles go to the Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Project Healing

Grail Moviehouse’s monthly Silent Sundays series continues May 7, at 7 p.m. with Buster Keaton’s 1925 film Seven Chances. Film historian Frank Thompson will introduce the feature and participate in a post-screening Q&A. Local stride pianist Andrew J. Fletcher will provide a live, improvised score. Tickets are $12 and available online or at the Grail box office.

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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