The first annual HATCH Asheville—a creative-arts-and-mentoring festival featuring more than 25 free events—runs Wednesday, April 15, through Saturday, April 18. The official guide, which appeared as a pullout section in last week’s Xpress, is also available at festival venues and at special distribution boxes in downtown Asheville. In addition, a full schedule, event details and breaking news about the festival can be found at www.HATCHasheville.org.
Festival attendees should note a few late-breaking changes and other details not mentioned in the guide:
• One of the film groundbreakers wasn’t listed in the guide: Marianna Palka (pictured) is an award-winning writer/director/actress from Glasgow, Scotland. Besides working on and appearing in numerous films, she is co-founder of the production company Morning Knight. Palka wrote and directed Good Dick, which is screening at the Fine Arts Theatre several times during HATCH Asheville.
• The festival’s filmmakers will be hosting Q&A sessions after selected screenings: Everything Strange and New, Friday, April 17 (7 p.m. screening); Good Dick, Saturday, April 18 (4 p.m. screening); the directors of all the short films, Friday, April 17 (4 p.m. screening); Made in China, Saturday, April 18 (7 p.m.).
• Two of the artists listed in the guide—music groundbreaker Chuck Lichtenberger and photography mentor Jeff Whetstone—won’t be able to participate in the festival.
• The Design & Technology exhibit reception (Friday, April 17, 6 to 8 p.m. at 21 Wall St.) will feature a geodome immersive-learning environment produced by The Eluminati, a West Asheville-based firm.
• A limited number of official HATCH Asheville T-shirts will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at 21 Wall St.
• Tickets to the closing night celebration (8 p.m. at The Orange Peel, $25) can now be purchased online (at www.theorangepeel.net).