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Luke and Jo
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Luke & Jo
Asheville Premiere of Locally Produced Film
June 28th 7:30pm
Against his wife’s wishes, a troubled screenwriter hops on a plane for Hollywood to make one last-ditch attempt at selling his latest script. When a heavy-drinking, melancholic singer nearly plows him down with her car late one night, the two form a deep emotional bond that alters them both in unanticipated ways. Improvised dialogue and intimate, naturalistic camerawork lend a heart-wrenching authenticity to this bleak and beautiful character study.
Tickets are $8 and available at the Fine Arts Theatre box office, or online here- Tickets
For more information about the film go to- lukeandjo.com
Luke & Jo was recently in the Indie Grits Festival- Indie Grits
IF YOU BUILD IT
Presented by Asheville AIA
August 23rd. 7:00pm
If You Build It is a documentary following the story of high school students in Windsor, a small and downtrodden rural town in Bertie County, North Carolina. In this setting, architects Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller started Project H, an educational initiative designed to not only improve the education of these disadvantaged young people, but also to reach out to the wider community and make real change. As Emily Pilloton explains in her 2010 TED Talk, their relocation to Bertie County was driven by a three-part mission to improve education and community spirit in the area: the first two parts of consisted of designing better spaces for teaching, and in designing systems which allowed the school to become a pillar for the community to rally around; the third, and perhaps most radical, involved becoming teachers themselves. Students were taught how to identify areas of need in Windsor, and designed and built a farmers' market which addressed these needs. It is this third part of the mission on which the documentary focuses. The students, many of whom were jaded by a standard education, were given a reason to go to school each day - and the community saw real, positive change in a town that had been slowly deteriorating for years.
Tickets $10 and are available at the Fine Arts Theatre box office, or online here- Tickets
For more information about IF YOU BUILD IT go to- If You Build It
For more information about The Asheville Chapter of The American Institute of Architects go to Asheville AIA
MAY IT LAST:
A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS
Sept 12 7:00 & 9:30
Filmed with extraordinary access over more than two years, MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS is a deeply intimate and revealing look at the Grammy Award-nominated North Carolina band fronted by Seth and Scott Avett. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio chart the Avett Brothers' decade-and-a-half rise, while chronicling their 2016 collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the critically-acclaimed album True Sadness, released on American Recordings/Republic Records. Using the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong creative partnership put to the test as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business. More than just a concert documentary, MAY IT LAST is a meditation on family, love, and the passage of time.
Tickets are $12.50 and available at the Fine Arts Theatre box office, or online starting 7/7/17 at 6:00am here- Tickets
Connect: Beyond the Page
March 30th. 7:00pm
Asheville’s own Dave Carey recently passed away at 103 years of age! Dave was a National Champion Senior Tennis Player and an even more remarkable person, supporting the sport of tennis in Asheville and around the globe. The Asheville Premiere of the movie “Gold Balls” is in honor and memory of our friend Dave Carey.
"Gold Balls" is a documentary about 5 Senior Tennis players trying to win a National Championship and “Gold Ball” prize – some successful and others with little success. Hop in the van and join the entertaining odyssey that is the men’s “ultra” senior tennis circuit and meet some of the most endearingly grumpy athletes ever captured on film. 80 year old former attorney Ron has spent the last 15 years going after a Gold Ball to no success. Meanwhile, 81 year old former Big 10 basketball coach John collects Gold Balls like daisies in the field. Other competitors include first timer Marcus, founder of Black Tennis Magazine and George, a romantic former naval officer who’s always a top contender. Wise-cracking 94 year old Bob is just one Gold Ball away from the all-time record, but has been recently diagnosed with diabetes and doesn’t know how long he can continue competing. When Ron decides to travel to all four National Championships, he finds that becoming a champion requires more than he bargained for – with hilarious and heartwarming results.
More information about the film is available here- Film info
Join us on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 pm at the Fine Arts Theatre for a special showing of "Gold Balls" in honor of NC Tennis Hall of Fame member Dave Carey - one of Asheville's best ever! Dave was nationally ranked #1 during his tennis career which extended into his late 90's, winning several National Championships, therefore collecting the Gold Ball prize. He loved being on the tennis court, and Court 6 at the Aston Park Tennis Center was dedicated in his honor in 2005. Dave was the poster child for the motto “Tennis is the Sport for a Lifetime”. We'll watch the 88 minute documentary which includes a few local tennis players, honor Dave with a few memories, and hear a brief update on tennis in our local community for all ages - join us to celebrate the sport and honor the player!
The evening is hosted by the Carey family, and all proceeds (per Dave's wishes) will benefit the Asheville Tennis Association, a 501c3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to grow and develop the sport of tennis in the Asheville area. All donations are tax deductible.
Tickets are $10 and available at the Fine Arts Theatre box office, or online here- Tickets
Additonal donations can be made to the Asheville Tennis Association (you'll still need a ticket for the film) here- Donations
Connect: Beyond the Page
Starts Sept. 15th. 7:30pm
This event was originally marketed by the distributor as a "One Night Only" release before the film is released the next day on Hulu. Due to large advance ticket sales nationwide, they are now allowing more dates for this film. We will open the film with a full run for a week on Friday, September 16th. The tickets for this original show on the 15th. are still $12.50, but will include a pass for a regularly scheduled film of your choice ($9.75 value).
Directed by Ron Howard
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It will delve into their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, highlighting The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film will focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
Watch the trailer here- Trailer
All Tickets are $12.50, and are available at the Fine Arts Boxoffice or Online Here- Online Tickets
Reel in the Closet
September 22nd 7:15pm - Reception 6:00pm (See prices below)
Reel In The Closet is a feature-length documentary that lets us connect with queer people from the past through the rare home movies that they left for us.
From Director Stu Maddux:
"I was searching for a way to really understand the people who came before me, not just read about them. I discovered old queer home movies dating back to the 1930s in closets and attics around the world. There were also all these recorded news stories and community productions that they left behind. I spent three years making a documentary that I hope lets you feel what I felt the first time I saw one of these movies. But a big part of the story for me are not the few movies that have been saved but all the ones being thrown out- sometimes on purpose. In a decade, most will be destroyed or no longer playable. We will never get that feeling back."
The film will benefit the LGBT Elder Advocates of WNC, a grassroots organization affiliated with the Blue Ridge Pride Center. Serving to enrich the lives of the older LGBT community in Western North Carolina through educational opportunities, promoting equity of services, providing access to caregivers supports, promoting intergenerational cooperation and creating social opportunities for older LGBT individuals. LGBT Elder Advocates of WNC's mission is to improve the lives of older LGBT adults in Western North Carolina by (1) connecting people to resources; and (2) promoting cultural change by raising awareness and providing education.
Meet the Director, Stu Maddux and enjoy a wine and cheese reception prior to the film. The reception is next door to the Fine Arts Theatre at Blue Spiral 1, 6:00opm.
Reception and film tickets are $40, and are available at the Fine Arts Boxoffice or Online Here-
Reception and Film Tickets
Film Only tickets are $10, and are available at the Fine Arts Boxoffice or Online Here-
Film Only Tickets
Nov 3rd 7:00pm
HamiltunesAVL is Asheville's first Hamilton musical singalong! This all-ages event will feature YOU singing and rapping to the Tony® Award winning musical, Hamilton.
Sign up to sing your favorite song as your favorite character from an aisle mic—or just raise a glass to freedom and sing from your seat! Lyrics will be projected on the screen—but it’ll test your skills to keep up with this staggering show…
Proceeds will benefit the Asheville Choral Society. Don't throw away your shot — get your $10 advance ticket now! After you purchase your ticket you'll receive details on how to sign up to sing your favorite songs. You know you want to be in the room where it happens!
Tickets are $10, and are available at the Fine Arts Boxoffice or Online Here- Online Tickets
For more information about The Asheville Coral Society and the 2016 - 2017 Schedule visit-
Asheville Choral Society
Here, There & Everywhere
November 10th. 7:00pm
Presented by Asheville Ski Club
It’s been 67 years since ski-film pioneer Warren Miller picked up a camera to capture the wonder, the adventure, the humor and the beauty that is skiing. Since that time, Warren Miller film crews have traveled the globe—from storied slopes to hidden, snow-covered corners—to celebrate all things snowsports. Their quest has taken powder-hungry filmgoers, well, Here, There & Everywhere—and this year continues that legacy. It starts with Here. Because that’s what every snow adventure is ultimately about: being really here—in the moment. In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, here is a freeski adventure with Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte. It’s a powder day with the ski patrol for Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott and Marcus Caston at Kicking Horse, B.C. And it’s every other stunning locale the film takes you, from the steeps of Squaw Valley to the big air at Fenway Park (yes, that Fenway Park). The film also journeys There, that place we dream about whenever we’re not in the mountains. It sweeps across the expanses of Alaska, between the backcountry yurts of Western Montana’s Glacier Country, and down the slopes of Deer Valley as we pay homage to the great Stein Eriksen. It spurs us toward adventure, toward the undeniable turns we’ll take this year, as soon as the snow begins to fall. And before we know it, we’ve been Everywhere—crossing Greenland by dog sled with Rob Kingwill and Seth Wescott, and following Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. All along the way, Warren Miller himself spins tales as only Warren can do, reminding us that through the years, Warren Miller films have truly taken audiences Here, There &anp; Everywhere.
Watch the trailer here-
Asheville Ski club formed in 1964. ASC is a social 501(c)(7) nonprofit organization that promotes skiing in Western North Carolina and trips throughout the western United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to monthly meetings, socials and trips, the club participates in recreational ski racing with other clubs in the Southeast.
Tickets are $12, and are available at the Fine Arts Boxoffice or Online Here-
For more information about Asheville Ski Club visit-
Asheville Ski Club
Last Men Standing
When: Nov. 17th. 7:30pm
A Benefit for WNCAP
Please Join us for a special screening of LAST MEN STANDING, a film co- written, produced, filmed, and directed by former Asheville resident, and photojournalist Erin Brethauer.
“We felt like every day was wonderful and anything could happen.” Rich and distinguished stories unfold among the lives of long-term survivors who have learned how to celebrate, heal, love, and thrive after the devastation of the early AIDS crisis. In this cathartic and intimate documentary, eight men look back on their experiences and then toward the future with the strength and resiliency they have cultivated over the past 30 years.
Survivors are still affected by the trauma of not only their diagnosis but also the loss of community and way of life. Nobody knew they would grow old with AIDS. Many abandoned careers and went on long-term disability to wait out their death sentence, and now they face an uncertain economic future. As they age, and as the Castro neighborhood changes, long-term survivors are also creating new ways to connect, and to find meaning and community. This meditative documentary, the first full-length film produced by the San Francisco Chronicle, draws attention to the emotional and inspiring history of the city’s gay community in the post-AIDS era. — Thom Venegoni, Frameline40
Following the film there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Erin Brethauer.
Proceeds benefit the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)
Tickets are $10, and are available at the Fine Arts Boxoffice or Online Here-
Synchronicity - with Special Guest Ben Lovett
July 7th. 7:00 pm
Join composer Ben Lovett for a screening of SYNCHRONICITY to benefit Asheville FM. Ben scored the film in Asheville using vintage analog synthesizers to create the film’s unmistakable retro sound. Lovett, whose original score has been praised by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Filmmaker Magazine and many others, will be on hand for an audience Q&A following the screening.
SYNCHRONICITY is a mind-bending ‘Sci-fi Noir’ in the tradition of Blade Runner, Gattaca and Memento. Daring physicist Jim Beale has invented a machine that can fold space-time and ruthless corporate tycoon Klaus Meisner will stop at nothing to get it. When Jim uses the machine to tear open the fabric of the universe, a rare Dahlia appears from the future, but in order to keep the rights to his invention he must prove that it works by finding the flower's identical match in the present. Jim soon discovers that the Dahlia lies in the hands of the mysterious Abby, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that she is in league with Klaus to take ownership of his life’s work, Jim travels back in time to stop the conspiracy before it can happen. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about Abby, the machine, and his own uncertain future.
A new special edition vinyl release of Lovett’s soundtrack for the film will be on sale at the theatre all weekend. The album was first released on CD and digital by Lakeshore Records, who teamed with MONDO imprint Death Waltz Records to create the new 180 gram vinyl complete with custom artwork and liner notes from director Jacob Gentry.
“Likely to be a future classic... Ben Lovett’s sophisticated electronic score is a brooding, glacial synth masterpiece and one of the best scores of 2016.” — Mondo
“Ben Lovett’s old-school synth score evokes the retro-futurist aesthetics of fondly remembered 1970s and early ’80s sci-fi films.” – Variety
“The Ben Lovett score, which plays like a wonderfully shameless love letter to Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack, is simply fantastic.” — Nerdist
“This is without a doubt my first true love of 2016, a score that takes me back and on a journey through space and time. They don’t make scores like this anymore…” — Soundtrack Geek
“Ben Lovett’s spectacular, persistent, synthesized musical mix of percussion, piano, horns, and classical chorale swings between abstract atonality and fibrillating, unsettling sounds.” — Filmmaker Magazine
All Tickets are $5, and are available at the Fine Arts Boxoffice or Online Here-
When: July 14th. 7:00pm
Join local director Rod Murphy for the Asheville premiere of his latest feature.
El Chivo (The Goat) is what the indigenous Tarahumara of Mexico's Copper Canyons call Ultra Runner Wiill Harlan ever since he won their 50 mile Ultra, a race made famous by the bestseller "Born to Run."
Watch the trailer here-
Tickets are $8 and available at the Fine Arts Theatre box office or online here-
Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line
July 21st. 7:00 pm
The Asheville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is hosting a screening of “Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line”. As Asheville face the challenges of growth, development and public/private partnerships, this film offers a glimpse into the process of New York City .
With the almost simultaneous completion of two large-scale projects in New York City — the renovation of the High Line and revitalization and expansion of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts — Diller Scofidio + Renfro has galvanized the public's attention. Between 2004 and 2011, the firm, in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations, converted the derelict High Line railroad tracks on the city’s West Side (from Gansevoort to 30th streets) into a sophisticated 1.5 mile elevated urban park.
In this 54-minute documentary, intelligent commentary from the architects is complemented by remarkable cinematography and interviews with New York City planning commissioner Amanda Burden and other civic figures. Critics and theorists Mark Wigley, Anthony Vidler, and Mr. Filler, offer insights into the firm’s history, previous completed projects, and their unique process of reimagining the public identities of two major New York urban spaces.
All Tickets are $10, and are available at the Fine Arts Boxoffice or Online Here-
Proceeds from the screening will benefit Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation to help fund projects in the Asheville community.
For more than 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA works to promote the value of the architectural profession and to advance the living standards of people through an improved built environment. AIA Asheville seeks to build affiliations with other community-based organizations and local or regional boards and commissions in order to address issues of concern for the region such as historic preservation, smart growth, sustainability, green building, affordable housing, and more.