September 8th: “Dough”

The thirteenth film of our 6th Season, “Dough,” will be screened on Tuesday, September 8th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Dough” is directed by John Goldschmidt and is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. . . Synopsis . Curmudgeonly widow Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) obstinately clings to his way of life and his livelihood as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London’s East End.  With a dwindling clientele and the pressures of encroaching big box stores, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his struggling immigrant mother make ends meet.  When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice.  “Dough” is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. . Watch the Trailer . . . Tickets . Regular Admission Tickets are available for $12.00 at the door the night of the film and are available for purchase online in advance for $10...

Season 6 Schedule Aug01

Season 6 Schedule

All 2015 Season 6 films will be screened on Tuesday nights at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River.   * January 13th – “The Pardon” * February 10th – “Anything for Love”   * March 10th – “Like Sunday, Like Rain” – 4.8 out of 5 stars * March 24th – “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” – 4.8 out of 5 stars   * April 7th – “Under the Same Sun” – 4.7 out of 5 stars * April 21st – “Old Fashioned” – 4.5 out of 5 stars   * May 5th – “The History of Time Travel” – 4.4 out of 5 stars * May 19th – A Night of Short Films   * June 2nd – “That Guy Dick Miller” – 3.9 out of 5 stars * June 16th – “Secrets of War” – 4.95 out of 5 stars *Our highest rated film of all-time!*   * July 7th – “Always Woodstock” – 3.78 out of 5 stars * July 21st – “Marie’s Story” – 4.8 out of 5 stars   * August 4th – “E-Motion” – 3.5 out of 5 stars * August 11th – Night of Shorts #2 * August 18th – “Secrets of War” 2nd screening   * September 8th – “Dough” * September 22nd – *Please note that the date for the second film in September has been changed from September 15th to September 22nd   * October 6th – * October 13th –...

2nd “Secrets of War”

“Secrets of War,” (“Oorlogsgeheimen” original title) was originally screened on Tuesday, June 16th and the film received a 4.95 out of 5 stars rating from the audience in attendance, our highest rated film of all-time! A special second screening was held on Tuesday, August 18th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, North Carolina. 12 to 18-year-olds will be admitted free. “Secrets of War” is directed by Dennis Bots and tells the story of the friendship of two young boys and a girl during World War II, a thrilling wartime drama and moving coming-of-age story that you will NOT want to miss. . . Synopsis . Tuur and Lambert are best friends in a Nazi-occupied Dutch village who pass their days playing soldiers and exploring local caves, mimicking a war that seems far removed from their everyday life. When Maartje joins their class, the young girl immediately stands out as different from her classmates. Yet the boys embrace their new friend, forming a unique bond based on shared adventures, secrets and mischief. Ultimately, the realities of war find even them – Lambert’s father, a Nazi sympathizer, is named mayor of their town and Tuur discovers his own father and brother have joined the resistance, instantly putting the two boys at odds. Meanwhile, Maartje is hiding a secret of her own, one that not only threatens to tear the new friends apart, but could lead to devastating consequences for anyone involved in keeping it. Secrets Of War puts both the danger and the humanity of wartime friendships squarely on the shoulders of three children who must face extraordinary circumstances with a maturity far beyond their years. *Free admission for children between the ages of 12-18 as this film shows the power of the bonds of friendship in such an inspirational way.* The WNC Film Society aims to create a conversation forum for film in North Carolina. It is a membership organization that has limited memberships available. Carefully selected motion pictures including ‘not yet released’ films, little known gems of the independent filmmakers, documentaries, foreign films and a variety of shorts are part of the schedule. These movie events promise to be a fun, full of movie trivia and more importantly, potential connections with fellow movie lovers. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12 or $10 online. . Watch the Trailer . ....

Night of Shorts #2

A Night of Short Films #2 was screened on Tuesday, August 11th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. This Night of Short Films #2 consisted of a compilation of approximately ninety minutes of short films acquired from several film festivals where they have screened this year. These films consist of some of the most enjoyable, comical and thought-provoking short films you’re ever likely to see. They will allow the audience to experience the world of short films telling stories that have the ability to make powerful statements in a very short period of time. The selected films cover a variety of narratives, animation, and documentary. The films were chosen based on the production value, acting, and diverse subject matter. With that in mind, some of the material in these short films may not suitable for a younger audience. Lost Property   Sure Thing   Foster Dog Two Dosas   Help Point   Amongst Laughter and Tears Proximity   Berlin Toika ....

August 4th: “E-Motion”

The eleventh film of our 6th Season, “E-Motion,” was screened on Tuesday, August 4th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “E-Motion” is a factual documentary directed by Frazer Bailey that explores how human emotions affect the physiology of the human body and how once negative emotions are replaced with positive emotions bona fide physical changes occur. A team of emotion experts from around the world share their wisdom and negative emotion clearing methods to show humanity the path to health and enlightenment. The film received a 3.5 out of 5 stars rating from the audience in attendance. . . Synopsis . “E-Motion” is a factual documentary that explores how human emotions affect the physiology of the human body and how once negative emotions are replaced with positive emotions bona fide physical changes occur. A team of emotion experts from around the world share their wisdom and negative emotion clearing methods to show humanity the path to health and enlightenment. Imagine a world where everyone is manifesting from their heart the perfect creation that’s inside each of us. Imagine a world where abundance, inner peace, longevity and loving relationships abound. Imagine E-motion Experts from around the world sharing their wisdom and negative emotion clearing techniques to light a new pathway for humanity. Imagine we are sacred, spiritual beings here for a much larger reason, serving a much higher purpose, a divine purpose. . Watch the Trailer .  ...

“Marie’s Story” Jul01

“Marie’s Story”

The tenth film of our 6th Season, “Marie’s Story,” was screened on Tuesday, July 21st at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Marie’s Story” is a French film directed by Jean-Pierre Améris and is based on the true story of Marie Heurtin, a young girl who was born deaf and blind in late 19th century France. The film received a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating from those in attendance. . . Synopsis . At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior’s skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, Marie’s Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love. The WNC Film Society aims to create a conversation forum for film in North Carolina. It is a membership organization that has limited memberships available. Carefully selected motion pictures including ‘not yet released’ films, little known gems of the independent filmmakers, documentaries, foreign films and a variety of shorts are part of the schedule. These movie events promise to be a fun, full of movie trivia and more importantly, potential connections with fellow movie lovers. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12 or $10 online. . Watch the Trailer .   . Audience Comments . “What a gorgeous film.  Excellent cinematography, beautiful color palette and beautiful score.  I loved this movie!!” “The last scene of Marie sighing toward heaven was beautiful. Life, dance, promise, hope and purpose. What a beautiful redemptive story.” “The most beautiful double ending I’ve ever seen and felt. Marguarite’s death and then again, when Marie spoke at her grave.” “This film will stay with me for a long time. The sensory awareness as it developed and the hands to touch were just extraordinary!!” “Leaves you feeling that God does and can work miracles!! Very, very moving. Extremely well acted and the music was absolutely perfect.” “The best ‘thriller’ I’ve seen in awhile. Heart pounding scenes.” “Incredible drama!! The characters were so believable. Lovely message of life and friendship.” “Best film this year!!! Thank you!” “An inspiring presentation of a true story. Just wonderful.” “Incredible!! Thank you for bringing us this...

“Always Woodstock” Jun26

“Always Woodstock”

The ninth film of our 6th Season, “Always Woodstock,” was screened on Tuesday, July 7th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Always Woodstock” is written and directed by Rita Merson and stars Allison Smith, Jason Ritter, Brittany Snow, Ryan Guzman and Katey Sagal. The cinematographer of the film, Matthew Irving, was live on Skype for a Q&A session with the audience after the film. The film received a 3.78 out of 5 stars rating from the audience in attendance. . . Synopsis .   Aspiring singer, Catherine Brown (Allison Miller), finds herself living a life she never imagined. Stuck at a dead end job in New York City at a mega music record label, Catherine spends her days as the wrangler for the label’s most difficult star (Brittany Snow). But when Catherine is unceremoniously fired, and then comes home to find her long time fiancé (Jason Ritter) in the arms of another woman, she decides that it’s time for a change. Selling off her engagement ring, Catherine moves back to her family home in Woodstock, to get back to what she has always wanted to do: write music. One night at a local bar, Catherine stumbles into handsome town doctor Noah (James Wolk), and cannot deny the moment of magic between them. Little by little, Catherine starts to find herself, and write music, with the help of local legend, Lee Ann (Katey Sagal). As she and Noah start to fall in love, Catherine realizes that becoming successful means becoming your true self first. The WNC Film Society aims to create a conversation forum for film in North Carolina. It is a membership organization that has limited memberships available. Carefully selected motion pictures including ‘not yet released’ films, little known gems of the independent filmmakers, documentaries, foreign films and a variety of shorts are part of the schedule. These movie events promise to be a fun, full of movie trivia and more importantly, potential connections with fellow movie lovers. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12 or $10 online. . Watch the Trailer .     . Audience Comments . “Excellent story telling. Loved the music. Great close up shots of characters!” “Slow at beginning, but if one likes romantic comedies it was fun!” “Very cute!” “Great photography – lighting, etc.!” “Music was great!” “Loved Woodstock and all associated, so film was memorable that way. Also know about losing a parent early on, that aspect very well played. Music was fun!” “A great summer movie.” “Very sweet, endearing film. More than a reminder of one of my favorite actresses, Diane Keaton. Well filmed and put together.” “I thought the movie was shot beautifully. The story was good and acting was edgy and surprising – a good film!” “Great story!” “Could watch it again right now! Actors great. Beautiful locations and pictures. Images I will remember.”...

“Secrets of War” May29

“Secrets of War”

The eighth film of our 6th Season, “Secrets of War,” (“Oorlogsgeheimen” original title) was screened on Tuesday, June 16th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Secrets of War” is directed by Dennis Bots and tells the story of the friendship of two young boys and a girl during World War II, a thrilling wartime drama and moving coming-of-age story that you will not want to miss. The film received a 4.95 out of 5 stars rating from the audience in attendance, our highest rated film of all-time! ***A special second screening will be held on Tuesday, August 18th. 12 to 18-year-olds admitted free.***   . . Synopsis . Tuur and Lambert are best friends in a Nazi-occupied Dutch village who pass their days playing soldiers and exploring local caves, mimicking a war that seems far removed from their everyday life. When Maartje joins their class, the young girl immediately stands out as different from her classmates. Yet the boys embrace their new friend, forming a unique bond based on shared adventures, secrets and mischief. Ultimately, the realities of war find even them – Lambert’s father, a Nazi sympathizer, is named mayor of their town and Tuur discovers his own father and brother have joined the resistance, instantly putting the two boys at odds. Meanwhile, Maartje is hiding a secret of her own, one that not only threatens to tear the new friends apart, but could lead to devastating consequences for anyone involved in keeping it. Secrets Of War puts both the danger and the humanity of wartime friendships squarely on the shoulders of three children who must face extraordinary circumstances with a maturity far beyond their years. *Free admission for children between the ages of 12-18 as this film shows the power of the bonds of friendship in such an inspirational way.* The WNC Film Society aims to create a conversation forum for film in North Carolina. It is a membership organization that has limited memberships available. Carefully selected motion pictures including ‘not yet released’ films, little known gems of the independent filmmakers, documentaries, foreign films and a variety of shorts are part of the schedule. These movie events promise to be a fun, full of movie trivia and more importantly, potential connections with fellow movie lovers. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12 or $10 online. . Watch the Trailer . . Audience Comments .   “Powerful beyond words!” “Fabulous!” “This movie is heart-breaking and moving. It brought me to tears!” (a 12 year old) “Powerful and moving.” “So refreshing to see such a great film.” “Great child’s perspective on the war and great way to help kids learn about it. Very beautiful, heart, life, music, acting.” “Great story, great acting, good screenplay, amazingly directed.” “Too powerful to talk about yet – so intense & raw & beautiful & horrific, all at the same time. This is what art is supposed to be!” “Great film from start to finish!” “Amazing acting...

“That Guy Dick Miller” May22

“That Guy Dick Miller”

The seventh film of our 6th Season, “That Guy Dick Miller,” was screened on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “That Guy Dick Miller” is a documentary about veteran actor Dick Miller, the last of the great American character actors. Whether sharing the screen with Nicholson, DeNiro, Schwarzenegger or The Ramones, Dick has been stealing scenes since his screen debut in 1955. He has worked with some of the great directors: Scorsese, Corman, Fuller, Dante, Cameron, Demme and more. Every moviegoer knows his face, but few know his name and even fewer know his story; an aspiring writer turned accidental actor. For the first time, Dick Miller has allowed filmmakers incredible access to his life and home for this funny and unexpected story. Joining him are the directors, producers, co-stars and friends who have helped make him Hollywood’s leading “that guy.” We held a Q&A with the star himself, Dick Miller, via Skype following the screening. The film received a rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars from those in attendance. . . Synopsis . “That Guy Dick Miller” is a funny, candid, and upbeat look at Dick’s career which spans 6 decades with more than 175 motion pictures, 4 television series and over 2000 television appearances. 

In this unprecedented documentary, we follow Dick from his first big role in Bucket of Blood, The Terror, on to Gremlins 1 & 2 , New York New Year, The Terminator, Demon Knight to the Fame.TV series, and up to one of his latest roles in Cutaways, and Burying the Ex. 

He has worked for such noted Directors as: Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Ernest Dickerson, Sam Fuller and Jonathan Kaplan, to name a few, and over the years, he has shared the screen with Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Boris Karloff, Ray Milan, Ray Milland, Jada Pinkett Smith, Julianna Margulies, Kim Novak, and David Carradine, and many more.

 There is a wealth of rare footage, photos and video, plus never before seen 8mm shots behind the scenes of movies little, and legendary. We will be having a Q&A with the star, Dick Miller, via Skype following the screening.     The WNC Film Society aims to create a conversation forum for film in North Carolina. It is a membership organization that has limited memberships available. Carefully selected motion pictures including ‘not yet released’ films, little known gems of the independent filmmakers, documentaries, foreign films and a variety of shorts are part of the schedule. These movie events promise to be a fun, full of movie trivia and more importantly, potential connections with fellow movie lovers. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12 or $10 online. . Watch the Trailer . . Audience Comments: . “Absolutely precious. I knew the face but not the name.” “I never watch these kind of films as I usually enjoy stories and chick flicks but its really interesting to learn about a man who...

Short Film Challenge May12

Short Film Challenge

    Jurors:  Greg Kinnear, Tom Anton, Blair Daily Short films (less than 8 min). One entry per film maker. Theme: Compassion for an “enemy” Submissions begin January 5. End August 9th. (Extended) Awards and cash prizes on September 19th, 7pm at Grace Centre (3 miles west of Asheville Airport). All proceeds to support local Asheville charities. For more info call 828-231-2700 or email craiglotz@gmail.com. Sponsored by WNC Film Society         Short Film Challenge FAQ  . Just a film challenge This a NOT a “Christian” film challenge.  It’s simply…a film challenge.  We invite you to submit art that that reflects beauty, truth, and goodness from ALL walks of life. Whether religious or irreligious, artistic expression is simply an attempt to take the invisible and make it visible. To creatively offer new and/or different perspective. This challenge is an opportunity for filmmakers to reflect on a particular theme / question that impacts all humanity and then artistically express a response.   Themes & Questions We are NOT looking for the “right” perspective or answer to the selected theme and questions. Just short, excellent films that wrestle with a common theme that echoes through all humanity. Rather than jousting through social media, this event is an opportunity to challenge one another by creating films in response to the following theme / questions. Theme:  Compassion for an “enemy” Questions: What does it look like? Why offer it? What about justice?   Official guidelines Each entry must be less than 8 minutes and must attempt to answer the selected theme / questions. Content should fit within a basic PG-13 rating (no nudity or overtly sexual content, limited profanity and violence). Limit 1 entry per filmmaker. Entry fee is $10 per film with ALL proceeds to support local Asheville charities (TBD). Submissions to begin January 5th, 2015 and end August 9th, 2015 (extended from original March 29th date). Limited to first 100 entries. To enter the film challenge, upload your entry to a standard video sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube, etc…) then click on the link below to officially register.   Registration & Entry Fee   Judging Criteria Standard film competition criteria (see below) will be used by the juror panel to select 10 top films to be presented on awards night. As mentioned, we are not looking for the “right” content but simply whether the selected theme / questions were sufficiently addressed in the film and of course the overall quality of the piece. The jury panel does not necessarily reflect the views of Grace Centre organization but are simply connected through various relationships and have agreed to offer their industry experience in jurying the challenge.   Criteria: 1. Originality 2. Adherence to Theme 3. Story Makes Sense 4. Overall Acting Performance 5. Cinematography 6. Music / Sound 7. Editing   Awards Night The top 10 selected films by the juror panel will be presented on Saturday, September 19th, 2015, 7pm at Grace Centre. This will be a ticketed event ($5 per person) with ALL proceeds to support...

A Night of Short Films May11

A Night of Short Films

A Night of Short Films was screened on Tuesday, May 19th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. A Night of Short Films consisted of a compilation of approximately ninety minutes of short films acquired from several film festivals where they have screened this year.  These films consisted of some of the most enjoyable, comical and thought-provoking short films you’re ever likely to see.  They allowed the audience to experience the world of short films telling stories that have the ability to make powerful statements in a very short period of time.  The selected films cover a variety of narratives, animation, and documentary.  The films were chosen based on the production value, acting, and diverse subject matter.   Please Be Advised Some Films have an R-Rating. We held a Q&A with Candice Carella, the director/writer of the short film, Pony, via Skype following the screening. . . ....

“The History of Time Tra..” Apr22

“The History of Time Tra..”

The fifth film of our 6th Season, “The History of Time Travel,” was screened on Tuesday, May 5th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “The History of Time Travel” is a fictitious documentary about the creation of the world’s first time machine. After the screening, a Q&A via Skype was held with the director/writer of the film, Ricky Kennedy. The film received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from the audience in attendance.     . Synopsis . “The History of Time Travel“ tells the story of two men, Edward Page and his son Richard. Edward Page is a physicist working for the Indiana Project, a secret government program during World War II.  The Indiana Project’s goal is to create a time machine before the Nazis do. When personal tragedy touches Edward’s life, he becomes obsessed with time travel and spends the rest of his life trying to create a time machine. When Edward’s experiments fail, his son Richard takes it upon himself to complete his father’s work.  His success changes the course of history forever. . Watch the Trailer . . Audience Comments: . “Very intriguing, thought provoking. I loved the many twists and turns.” “So entertaining. I loved the subtle surprises and quirky story line… so good.” “Very professional. Very different and good” “Very creative… I can see it being a ‘cult following’” “A truly inventive, well-conceived and detailed story. Loved the challenge it presented.” “Almost didn’t come because I’m not a sci-fi fan and the trailer didn’t grab me but so glad I didn’t miss it. Would love to watch it...

“Old Fashioned”

The fourth film of our 6th Season, “Old Fashioned,” was screened on Tuesday, April 21st at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Old Fashioned” is written and directed by Rik Swartzwelder who also stars in the film with Elizabeth Ann Roberts. Rik Skyped in with the audience after the film for a Q&A session and discussion of the film. The film received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from those in attendance.     . Synopsis . A romantic-drama, “Old Fashioned” centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. . Watch the Trailer . . Audience Comments . “Thank you, Rik for making “Old Fashioned.” The message you wove became a beautiful tapestry with two hearts in the middle. Two Broken hearts who found meaning in each other.” “After that final scene and the sand and candles… I’d marry him myself!!!” “A charming film about real people living believable lives. Bravo!!” “Refreshing and joyous!!” “Very moving and honest.” “So wonderfully refreshing to see a wholesome film and all around so well done!!! The acting was phenomenal. The message and symbolism also perfecto.” “Beautifully done, well written, filmed and produced. Magical, touching and heartwarming.”...

“Under the Same Sun” Apr01

“Under the Same Sun”

The third film of our 6th Season, “Under the Same Sun,” was screened on Tuesday, April 7th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Under the Same Sun” is directed by Sameh Zoabi and is the story of two businessmen – one Palestinian and one Israeli – who struggle to set up a solar energy company. The film received a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from those in attendance. .   . Synopsis . Shaul, an Israeli, and Nizar, a Palestinian, seem to have little in common but for a shared spirit of entrepreneurship. They create a solar energy company with plans to bring renewable energy to communities in the Palestinian territories. Support for their venture is difficult to gain. From families who question them, to community members who threaten them, and government policies that make collaboration nearly impossible, Shaul and Nizar face many obstacles. Through everything, they grow to respect and trust one another. But though they continue to believe in their project, they recognize that their company cannot succeed without change. They take their story to the Internet and inspire others to work together. What began as a partnership for business becomes a partnership for peace. . Watch the Trailer . Under the same sun TRAILER ENGLISH from Lama Films on Vimeo. . Audience Comments . “I appreciated the tension during and the film and am very grateful for the peaceful resolutions. The film convinced me of the importance of hope.” “Was realistic and engaging. Encouraging to hear the story behind the film.” “Great choice of film. Loved the cinematography – many subtle things… loved the characters, the overall pervasive message. Very inspiring!!” “Loved it!!! This was a life changing kind of film filled with hope for humanity.” “I like the term ‘fable’ because there is truth in the telling even though not literally true. Hard to describe how sad it was to see the family dynamics. Very well cast and acted and the documentary style very effective.” “Actors were excellent!! Interesting music, appropriate for the mood of the film. Subtitles easy to read.” “The film showed the ‘hope’ that can become a reality. It was a brave project on the part of all involved. I will pass along this film title and get the word out. Keep up the good work!!”...

“Shining Night”

The second film of our 6th Season, “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen,” was screened on Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Shining Night” is a documentary film directed by Michael Stillwater that provides audiences worldwide with a rare glimpse into the inner world of the composer. The documentary received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from those in attendance. Please click HERE to view and purchase soundtrack CDs from the film.   . Synopsis . “Shining Night” is a tribute to a living legend, celebrating the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called “the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic.” National Medal of Arts recipient and most frequently performed American choral composer, Morten Lauridsen spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring intimate interviews in California, Scotland and Waldron Island, Washington, interwoven with performances of his masterworks and commentaries by music contemporaries. Revealed through the lens of his passion for nature and music, Lauridsen expresses a presence of fierce compassion and unwavering dedication to the craft of composition. First episode in the film series, “In Search of The Great Song.” . Watch the Trailer . . Audience Comments . “Lovely, great photography as well as being phenomenal!” “I appreciated that the composer was very down to earth and connected with nature. I was surprised that the director did all the work so spontaneously.” “Mesmerizing! So enjoyed. Yes, waiting for the next one.” “Very well filmed. Great personal story. Music was brilliant! Loved knowing the composer’s life story! Great job!!” “We hesitated to come: How interesting could a documentary about a composer be – especially one we’d not heard of?! It was a compelling and moving commentary on the beauty of art and the dignity of the human spirit.” “This spoke deeply to me. Thank you. I needed more time after the film and before I could speak. I was in a trance.” “Gorgeous scenery, fabulous music – what a treasure to learn about this man’s gift and how he has shared it with the...

“Like Sunday, Like Rain”

The opening film of our 6th Season, “Like Sunday, Like Rain,” was screened on Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Like Sunday, Like Rain” is written and directed by Frank Whaley and stars Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl,” “That’s My Boy” and “Date Night”), Debra Messing (“Will & Grace,” “Along Came Polly” and “The Wedding Date”) and Billy Joe Armstrong (Grammy Winner and Green Day lead vocalist and guitarist). After the film, a Q&A session was held between the audience and writer/director Frank Whaley via Skype. The film received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from those in attendance.   . Synopsis . Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy Reggie, lives a solitary life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job. Fate winds her lovely fingers around these two lives to unexpectedly place the inexperienced Eleanor as the new au pair for a skeptical Reggie and the music in their hearts and souls intertwines to create this beautiful story about discovery and acceptance. . Watch the Trailer . . Audience Comments . “As a former high school band first chair cornet, I especially enjoyed the choice of the instrument. Really great and believable characters. Will tell ALL my friends to see it. Thanks for the Skype. A HUGE PLUS for us spectators!!!” “Really liked the film. Music was perfect. Actors seemed real life.” “Loved it from beginning to end… want to see it again. Film was multi-layered, fab music was so moving, would love the soundtrack. Actors were ‘right ON,’ couldn’t be better.” “Haven’t seen such a bitter-sweet intriguing film in a long time. There were no car crashes and not blood – I would watch it again Right Now!” “A fine piece of work. I love a film that takes it’s time for the story to unfold.” “Wonderfully, charming dialogue and script. For Reggie it was perfect and key to discovering his relationship with other characters. This movie must be given the chance to find its audience!” “Very great film. The dialogue was excellent and the actors really brought the story to life. Thank you for sharing this great...

“Anything for Love”

The Perfect Date Night for Valentine’s Day, “Anything for Love” was screened on February 10th as the Anton’s introduced their renamed film society, WNC Film Society and their NEW venue to the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, Arden and Mills River areas.     The former New Orleans resident and now resident of Brevard, Tom Anton wanted to make sure that the unique beauty, history and romance of his beloved city was fully captured in his film, Anything for Love based on Tom and his wife and writer, Sandi Russell’s true love story. Their story was screened on Tuesday, February 10th at 7pm at Grace Centre (located at 495 Cardinal Rd., off 280 just west of the airport). The Anton’s are presenting “Anything for Love” to kick off the WNC Film Society, the result of combining the Brevard Film Society and the Asheville Cinema Society. “Anything for Love” previously entitled “At Last” was filmed entirely on location in New Orleans. Anton wanted New Orleans, particularly the French Quarter and Garden District, to be its own unique “character” in the film. “As a past resident of the French Quarter in New Orleans, I wanted to make sure that the romance of the most European city in the US with its gas lanterns and amazing architecture was fully captured in my film.” Anton boasts, “And you can’t beat filming in the cemeteries.” The sound track for the film is authentic New Orleans.  “New Orleans music beats to a rhythm unique to the history of the city.  Jazz, Blues and Cajun music are at home in New Orleans”, Anton notes.  Having made friends with many local musicians, Anton was able to secure many of the songs for the film himself.     “I hope that audiences will see this movie as someone going after his dreams against all odds. The story uncovers family dysfunction but at its core it’s about two people who should be together.  Russell puts it in her words, “My dream for the film is that it is feels real with real family life issues. If it touches people so that they can see themselves as the characters in the film face their challenges and discover there’s hope for a happy ending… then I’m happy.” . Click Here to Watch the Trailer...

“The Pardon” January 13th

Married independent filmmakers Tom Anton and Sandi Russell screened their second feature film “The Pardon,” a 1930s and ’40s crime drama on January 13th, 2015. “The Pardon,” exemplifies our universal need to be loved and to be forgiven, portrayed in the unlikely but true story of Toni Jo Henry (Jaime King), a woman tried for the crime of murder in 1942 in the state of Louisiana. “The Pardon” was screened at 7pm on Tuesday, January 13th at the Grace Centre, located at 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC (South of the Asheville Airport). Parking is plentiful and there is graduated seating to provide the best viewing experience. A Question & Answer period with the filmmakers will follow the screening. “Grace Centre is a great venue for us. They have been very generous in providing a large screen and a state of the art projector to screen our films,” Anton says. Based in Brevard, N.C., former New Orleans residents Anton and Russell have been promoting their film throughout Louisiana and have recently retained Shoreline Entertainment to assist in securing a distribution deal. The period drama stars Jaime King (“Pearl Harbor,” “Hart of Dixie”) as Toni Jo Henry. John Hawkes, an Oscar nominee for his role in “Winter’s Bone,” and co-star with Helen Hunt in last year’s much-acclaimed “The Sessions,” co-stars as Henry’s accomplice, Horace “Arkie” Finnon Burks. Hawkes won the 2013 Independent Spirit Award for his role in “The Sessions,” beating Bradley Cooper, star of the Oscar-winning “Silver Linings Playbook.” “John was great to work with,” director Anton said during a promotional visit to Baton Rouge. “He’s the most humble actor and he gave it his all. It was a joy working with John, Jamie King and T.J. Thyne (TV’s “Bones”). We had a great cast and crew.” Jason Lewis, whose credits include “Mr. Brooks,” “The Jacket,” “Brothers and Sisters” and “Sex and the City,” co-stars as Claude “Cowboy” Henry, the boxer who falls in love with and marries Henry after they meet in a Louisiana brothel. “The story intrigued us,” Russell said. “So we started to research it. We got our hands on court documents. We read the court transcripts. And because it was such a sensational story, it got a lot of news coverage at the time of the crime.” “The Pardon” is based on a true story like Anton and Russell’s 2006 film, the New Orleans-set romantic drama “At Last.” “When you have a film based on a true story,” Anton said, “People are like, ‘This really happened?’ There are so many interesting stories in real life that you just can’t make it up.” Russell adds, “Toni Jo’s story is a story of hope, a story of love and a story of redemption, as she discovers the true strength within herself and, with the help of a priest, Father Richard (TJ Thyne) is able to face her life with a calm and peace that defies explanation.” Anton and Russell have more film projects in...

New Venue: Grace Centre Dec05

New Venue: Grace Centre

Grace Centre 495 Cardinal Rd., Mills River, NC 28759 All first season WNC Film Society screenings will be held at Grace Centre, located 3 miles west of the Asheville Airport off Hwy 280. Grace Centre has the capacity to accommodate 700 people and has a newly installed large screen and state of the art projector.  In addition to comfortable stadium seating, a large lobby is available to gather before and after the screenings. . View Larger...

Welcome to WNCFS! Nov22

Welcome to WNCFS!

Tom & Sandi Anton have combined the Asheville Cinema Society and the Brevard Film Society to create the WNC Film Society (WNCFS). The sixth season of screening independent feature films, documentaries, foreign films and collection of short films (that may not play in the WNC area) will include a venue to a more centrally located facility.  Our season kicks off on March 10th, 2015 at the Grace Centre located at 495 Cardinal Road in Mills River, right off of Highway 280, just South the Asheville Airport. Grace Centre has the capacity to accommodate 700 people and has a newly installed large screen and state of the art projector.  In addition to comfortable stadium seating, a large lobby is available to gather before and after the screenings. We believe this change will allow our Film Society to continue to expand and reach the communities of Asheville, Fletcher, Arden, Mills River, Brevard, and Hendersonville. A free night of short films will be screened on Tuesday night, December 2nd at 7:00pm. The night will consist of a compilation of approximately ninety minutes of short films acquired from around the country.  These films consist of some of the most enjoyable, comical and thought-provoking short films you’re ever likely to see. We will continue to update our website with details of our upcoming season. If you would like more information, please call us at (828)...