RAISING THE BAR: In the early years, awards like Best Use of the Color Red or Best Use of Tiger celebrated the idiosyncrasies of the videos, but since 2013, judges have compared submissions more directly in categories such as cinematography and editing. Selections have improved, submissions have increased, and crowds have grown.

Music Video Asheville’­s 10th year boasts its biggest selection yet

The showcase of local musicians and videographers returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre on Wednesday, April 19. The awards show has grown from its modest beginnings at the now-defunct Cinebarre movie house into a red-carpet extravaganza downtown — a course of success that mirrors the ever-increasing relevance of music videos themselves in the online age.

OFF THE SHELF: Black Mountain-based comic creator Steve Mannion has been known to release his work in unconventional ways, including five crowdfunding campaigns for his comics and an eBay-facilitated release of at least one book's artwork.

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. Steve Mannion’s Fearless […]

THE ILLUSTRATED MAN: Marley Carroll in his "Speed Reader" video, which won multiple awards at last year's Music Video Asheville event.

Music Video Asheville spotlights local musicians and videograph­ers

“On Wednesday, April 29, Diana Wortham Theatre will roll out the red carpet — literally — for local musicians and videographers. Those artists will pull up in stylish cars on loan from Harmony Motors and step out, dressed to the nines, to a swarm of waiting photographers (“paparazzi”) whose pictures soon end up as Facebook profile shots for many participants.”

Red carpet ready: Now in its seventh year, the annual Music Video Asheville celebrates local musicians and filmmakers with 90 minutes of visuals, along with networking and prizes. Photo by Natasha Meduri

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Music Video Asheville goes big Music Video Asheville is having a banner year. The local event, which marks its seventh year on Wednesday, April 16, received a record number of submissions and moved into a new venue. Produced for the third year in a row by Kelly Denson and Jason Guadagnino of Asheville’s Lush Life […]