Asheville Film Festival announces slew of movies

The Asheville Film Festival has announced 33 films for the festival, which will take place Nov. 8 to 11 in downtown.

The films include a wide range of features.

There’s Art of Suicide, about a commune of four bohemian artists struggling for their big break; Intervention, a fly-on-the-wall look inside a rehab clinic that features local actress Andie MacDowell and 2006 AFF Career Achievement honoree Jennifer Tilly; and the family film Her Best Move, a coming-of-age story about a high-school girl trying to balance her soccer career with a social life.

There’s also the horror fest Murder Party, wherein a man tries to escape a deranged collective intent on murdering him for their art, and the urban drama Wholetrain, a German film about a crew of graffiti artists.

Southern Gothic, from Charlotte filmmaker Mark Young, follows the struggle to save a child from a band of undead killers.

Meanwhile, Simple Things, filmed and set in and around Asheville, tells of a Chicago doctor who sets up a clinic in the mountains after his wife dies.

Finally, Year of the Fish, which is seeing its North Carolina premier, is an animated modern-day Cinderella story set in New York’s Chinatown. The movie was shot on film, then digitally repainted.

Trailers for most of these movies are available online at www.ashevillefilmfest.com/filmfestival/films.

Several of the features have won awards at festivals throughout the world. Murder Party won the audience award at the Slamdance festival, Wholetrain won “best of” awards at New York’s VIBE urban-film festival and at festivals in Europe, and Simple Things took top honors at the Appalachian and California Independent film festivals and was a finalist at the International Family Film Festival. Year of the Fish screened at Sundance.

The festival has also announced 13 documentaries, seven shorts, two animated movies and three student films, many of them also award-winners. More information about those titles can be found on the festival’s Web site, (www.ashevillefilmfestival.com), which also has the latest information about the festival and the filmmaker.

Many more films for the festival, which will feature some 80 works in all, will be announced in the coming week.

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