Season 6 Schedule Oct12

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” – 4.75 out of 5 stars * September 22nd – “Projections of America” – 4.58 out of 5 stars   * October 6th – “Of Mind and Music” – 4.68 out of 5 stars * October 13th – Night of Shorts #3 * October 27th – “Marie’s Story” – Special last screening – 4.86 out of 5...

“Marie’s Story”

The last screening of our 6th Season, “Marie’s Story,” was screened on Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. Due to the wonderful response to the screening of “Marie’s Story” on July 21st, we decided to replay it on October 27th as an end of the season ‘Thank You’ to our members.  This film concluded the first season of the WNC Film Society. “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 4.86 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 . “Great story telling!  Superb!” “Thoroughly engaging and eye opening.  Thank you for bringing great films to us!” “We need more Sister Marguerite’s” “So great!  Second time seeing it.  Brought my 14 year old daughter this time!  She loved it!” “Helen Keller 100 years earlier.” “I have been dying to see this movie!  Loved it!!!” “Truly incredible story.  Wonderful film to end a fabulous season!!!” “Boy, I needed a Kleenex at the end!  Beautifully shot, great patience in directing and a great way to experience the learning process and the lesson of death (and life) and how life only comes alive when one can learn and communicate.” “This should be promoted in education courses – with youth groups – adds to understanding disabilities, the challenges and the hope.” “Loved the unmarked graves – the understanding that we are all equal at death.” “Magnifique!!!  What a beautiful, marvelously acted and produced...

Night of Shorts #3

A Night of Short Films #3 was screened on Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. This Night of Short Films #3 consists of a compilation of approximately ninety minutes of short films acquired from several film festivals screened this year. These films are some of the most enjoyable, comical and thought-provoking short films you’re ever likely to see. The audience will 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 styles: narrative, 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. . The Numberlys Silent Paris on the Water Cask of Amontillado The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium ....

“Of Mind and Music”

The fifteenth film of our 6th Season, “of Mind and Music,” was screened on Tuesday, October 6th at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. New Orleans-set drama, “of Mind and Music,” is based on the book “Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind” by Nicolas Bazan and is directed by Richie Adams. The film received a 4.68 out of 5 stars rating from the audience members in attendance. . . Synopsis . New Orleans-set drama, “of Mind and Music,” is based on the book “Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind” by Nicolas Bazan.  It’s a story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.  It combines New Orleans’ quintessential jazz scene with the element of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation to depict the unlikely bond that forms between the two. Aunjanue Ellis, Joaquim de Almeida, Bill Cobbs and Sharon Lawrence star. . Watch the Trailer .     . . Audience Comments . “Our family has lived through this debilitating disease and it was heart wrenching. I’m grateful for a movie that brings it to light. What a ‘moving’ movie!” “Actors were stupendous!!” “Excellent acting from all!” “Loved the setting and the pace of the film. Beautiful!” “Best movie of 2015!! Perfect cinematography, great acting, great story, loved the reunion scene and the son having saved the picture his mother made him.” “Marvelous! And New Orleans theme was fun. Put together writers of this film and the documentary ‘Alive Inside’.” “An excellent movie, especially when paired with the discussion and focus on alzheimers and dementia.” “The acting in this film was superb!! At times it felt a little slow but I felt it needed to be for the subject matter.” “Thoughtful and engaging. Excellent acting, sensitive treatment of the subject.” “Wonderful camera work of NOLA. Great dialogue and music was fabulous.” “Music was wonderful! New Orleans was a bonus.” “I loved the rhythm of the film, the way it unfolds.” “Fantastic!! Beautiful. Very well done. Loved the use of music to connect with her illness.” “Heart warming and wonderful. I cried for the last quarter of the film.” “Very moving… pulled at your heart strings.” “Amazing sound track and story. Loved the presentation of the subject matter.” “Exceptional. Thanks for sharing. Many tears in the theatre… I wept.” . New Artist of the Month at Grace Centre . Sandi Anton presents ‘My Wonky World’ as Grace Center’s Featured Artist of the month of October. Since living in the French Quarter in New Orleans for twelve years, much of what Anton paints and/or is drawn to are architectural in nature.  Wonky, funky, never perfect buildings and houses became Anton’s obsession but she continues to experiment with other themes and techniques.  Come early to meet Sandi and enjoy a wine tasting and...

“Projections of America”

The fourteenth film of our 6th Season, “Projections of America,” was screened on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7pm at Grace Centre in Mills River, NC. “Projections of America” is a documentary directed by Peter Miller and is narrated by John Lithgow. The editor of the film, Amy Linton, was live for a Skype Q&A following the screening. The film received a 4.58 out of 5 stars rating from those in attendance.   . . Synopsis . Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Riskin headed up a secret film unit that sought to redefine America in the eyes of the world during the darkest days of World War II. The filmmakers created powerful short documentaries that showed America’s strength not through images of tanks, but in portraits of farmers, school children and window washers. The “Projections of America” films were brilliant, moving portraits of America that were unlike any propaganda films ever made before, but seventy years later they are forgotten, hidden away in government archives. Narrated by John Lithgow, “Projections of America” tells the dramatic story of Riskin and his team, and the risks they took to project a profoundly democratic vision of the nation that would soon emerge as the most powerful on earth. . Watch the Trailer .   “Projections of America” trailer from Willow Pond Films on Vimeo. . . Audience Comments . “Loved it!!!” “Fascinating! Would like to see more. A great idea for us today to promote the US image.” “This is a great unknown story… well done!” “Distribute it widely!” “A wonderful film!” “Really awesome! Especially poignant as our world continues to have so many problems.” “Very well constructed from a film perspective. The history is incredible. Would love to see the originals.” “Very interesting… the French still don’t like us.” “Hope the individual films will be shown soon. World communities would benefit by seeing the immigration story to welcome Syrian and other refugees.” “Very well done. Seeing real footage with explanations of what really occurred. Marvelous!” “What dedication to put this film together… Bravo!!” “Surprising how much independent thought went into the development of the original films. The editing was superior!!” “Great example of the positive use of the power of our most comprehensive art form.” “The film showed a side or our (USA) and acts as a great inspiration to people who had experienced some of the worst inhumane treatment.” “An enlightening look into a little known part of American history… one that needed to be revealed.” “I loved it and learned a lot. Excellent story and content.” “The film should be an example of what we needed to do in the Middle East. Use some of our time in letting the rest of the world know we are liberated people.”...

September 8th: “Dough”

The thirteenth film of our 6th Season, “Dough,” was 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. The film received a 4.75 out of 5 stars rating from the audience in attendance. . . 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 . . . Audience Comments . “Very timely what with the turmoil in the Middle East. Loved the message of two people coming together and rejoicing.” “What a fun ride!” “The acting was great. Intriguing characters and plot. FUN!!” “Really enjoyed the mix of comedy and societal issues. Race and religion are irrelevant if you’re happy!!” “Great and refreshing. Perfect!” “Loved when they prayed to Allah and God over the muffins. Wonderful story.” “Funny and serious.” “Brilliant. Loved it!” “Best movie of the year!” “Fabulous!! Liked the character development of the Baker.” “Well acted and directed. Loved the opening scene. Grace, family and unconditional love reign!!!” “Loved the name ‘Dough’ Money, rise with help from yeast, leavened bread.” “Very enjoyable and uplifting. Totally engaging.” “Great film, good message.” “Great for teaching people about religious tolerance. Very respectful of different religious observances.” “Excellent portrayal of Jewish/Muslim relations. Done with humor and gentleness. Best movie I’ve seen in awhile.” “What a joy!! Surprises, wonderful character and screenwriting superb!” “At its core, a story about relationship and the things that matter in life. Great examination of the family as a community.” “Just the tonic that I needed. It is heartening at this time in our country to see a film of tolerance, openness, understanding and cultural respect, appreciation and cross cultural religious racial bonding. Thank you for the...

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 . . Audience Comments . “This movie is heart-breaking and moving! It brought me near tears! (12 Years Old)” “Powerful & 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, especially the kids.” “This was one of my...

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...