Cotton Road

Cotton Road
Screen & Swap!
Monday, September 7th
Clothing Swap @ 7pm / Film @ 8pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville
Tickets $5


What does a rural town in South Carolina have to do with China? Americans consume nearly twenty billion new items of clothing each year, and at least one billion of them are made in China.Cotton Road uncovers the transnational movement of cotton and tells the stories of worker’s lives in a conventional cotton supply chain. From rural farms in South Carolina to factory cities in China, we span the globe to encounter the industrial processes behind our rapacious consumption of cheap clothing and textile products. Are we connected to one another through the things we consume? Cotton Road explores a contemporary landscape of globalized labor through human stories and provides an opportunity to reflect on the ways our consumption impacts others and drives a global economy.

Join us for a Clothing Swap before the film and a Q&A with the filmmaker following the screening!

Clothing Swap info:
“Clear your clutter, upgrade your closet and do it all without spending a dime.”*
Any and all clothes welcome, including accessories! Make sure to clean clothes and check pockets before bringing garments to the swap. Clothing swap is free and open to the public – please invite your friends! Men’s, women’s, & children’s fashion, clothes of all styles and sizes welcome!

Film Tickets $5, but no one turned away due to lack of funds!

Check out the trailer here: []
Check out the film website here: []

*Quote from Amber Kallor’s article “13 Rules for a Successful Clothing Swap” (


Created and performed live by Kimi Maeda
Sunday, August 23rd @ 8PM
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville
$5 suggested donation

Have you seen the movie about my dad called Bend?  My dad hasn’t either, but he’s pretty sure it’s playing Sunday.  He doesn’t know where, just like he doesn’t know where he is right now.  Is it a hospital?  All he knows is it isn’t home.

Using sand, shadow, and projection, Kimi Maeda’s solo performance, Bend, tells the true story of two men interned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II: Maeda’s father, an Asian Art historian currently suffering from dementia, and the subject of his research, Isamu Noguchi, a half-Japanese-half-American sculptor. Weaving together live feed projections of sand drawings with archival footage from the 1940s, Maeda’s performance poses important questions about how the Japanese American internment camps will be remembered.


Support for Bend was made possible by the Tapp’s Arts Center, the Jim Henson Foundation, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the K Festival of Performance.


Check out the preview here: []
Check out Kimi’s website here: []

Rural Route Film Festival

Best of Rural Route Film Festival
Tuesday, June 16th @ 8PM
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville
$5 suggested donation

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The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. The creators of Rural Route Film Festival leave it up to the film and video artists to express their unique definitions of “rural” – whether it be a documentary about an organic turnip farm in West Virginia or a fictional backpacking drama set in Peru.

Based in New York, this film festival takes place in the summer and tours the country during the rest of the year. We’re excited to host this “best of” program for Asheville audiences!

Check out the preview here: 

Rural Route 2015

Open Screening

Tuesday, May 19th @ 8pm
The BeBe Theatre
20 Commerce St., Asheville

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We invite you to share your films and videos with a live audience. Any genre! Any style! It can be old, new, or a work-in-progress. We want to see it.

Formats accepted: DVD, QuickTime or MPEG file, 16mm, and Super 8

Maximum length: 10 minutes

Submit work by May 17th! Email: You can also bring work the day of the show – but arrive early, it’s first come, first served, as time allows!

There will be a short discussion after each film/video with a chance to gather feedback from the audience.

Even if you don’t have a film or video you want to share, you are invited to be a part of the audience. Support local media makers and see exciting work you’ve never seen before.

Rocks in My Pockets

Tuesday, April 21 @ 8pm
The BeBe Theatre
20 Commerce St., Asheville, NC
$5 suggested donation


Rocks in My Pockets (2014, 88 min.)
Dir. Signe Baumane

Presented in partnership with the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective!

In the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity.

Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.

We will have a Skype Q & A with filmmaker Signe Baummane following the film!

Creative Destruction: The Smyth Brothers

Monday, March 16 at 8pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St, Asheville
$5 suggested donation


Creative destruction is an economic concept that describes the paradox of progress by attaching evolutionary theory to capitalism. “It’s the process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.” The dualistic nature pairs well with who we are as twins and the stories we try to tell- tales of a people and their pursuit of money. How does this pursuit mutate now that change is the only constant in capitalism?

Por Dinero (2012, 31 min., 16mm to video)
Quotes from an ancient Mayan hero tie together the life of an undocumented Mexican, his indigenous family, and their dying language.

Rice for Sale (2013, 31 min., 16mm in-camera edits)
An experimental tale distorting Bali’s modern world into a historical account depicting the demise of its former cultural motto, “Rice is Life.” Ten wordless vignettes, all in-camera edits, are strung together to compose a two-part mythological venture down the heavenly mountain toward the demonic sea, culminating at the site of the 2002 terrorist bombing.

About the Smyth Brothers
Brendan and Jeremy Smyth are 16mm experimental documentary filmmakers who explore the globe in search of cultural oddities. Their interest in visual anthropology has sent them from Mexico to Indonesia showcasing the economic plight of workers through unique methods of storytelling. The twins’ work has won multiple awards and screened at notable festivals/venues including Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter, Atlanta, Big Muddy, Chicago Underground, FLEXfest, Edinburgh Int’l, and Indie Grits. The two are the directors/programmers of the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival in Massachusetts with submissions open for the third annual event. Currently, the Smyth brothers live in Durham, NC, where they curate a monthly experimental film series known as UNEXPOSED.

I Have Always Been A Dreamer

Tuesday, February 24th at 8pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, Downtown Asheville
$5 suggested donation



I Have Always Been A Dreamer (2012, 78 min.)
Dir. Sabine Gruffat

We’re excited to show Sabine Gruffat’s I Have Always Been A Dreamer, an essay film about globalization and urban ecology using Dubai, UAE and Detroit as examples of two cities in contrasting states of development.

The film questions the collective ideologies that shape the physical landscape and impact local communities within the context of a boom and bust economy. Though these cities represent two different economic eras (Fordist and Post-Fordist), both vividly illustrate the effects of economic monocultures and the arbitrary consequences of geopolitical advantage.

Join us for this thought-provoking work examining the fascinating rustbelt city of Detroit – a place of destruction and rebirth beleaguered by a failing industrial-based economy and the megacity of Dubai, a postmodern city in a continual process of being built and consequently shaped by an increasingly service-based economy driven by tourism.

About Sabine Gruffat
Sabine Gruffat is a digital media artist and filmmaker, and is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Sabine’s films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Migrating Forms in New York. Her feature film I Have Always Been A Dreamer has screened internationally including at the Viennale, MoMA, Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, and The Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival. She has also produced digital media works for public spaces as well as interactive installations that have been shown at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Art In General, Devotion Gallery, PS1 Contemporary Art Museum, and Hudson Franklin in New York. She is currently producing a feature documentary with Bill Brown about the housing crisis in Spain.



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