Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day
Saturday, October 17th
West Asheville Public Library
942 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Free and Open to the Public!

“There’s no such thing as a bad home movie. These mini-underground opuses are revealing, scary, joyous, always flawed, filled with accidental art and shout outs from attics and closets all over the world to be seen again.”  – John Waters

Dust off your old home movies and bring them to the West Asheville Public Library for HOME MOVIE DAY!

“Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods in transition. Many people still possess these old reels or tapes, passed down from generation to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely,” stated Skip Elsheimer, president of the Center for Home Movies.  “That’s where Home Movie Day comes in: the public brings the films, and volunteers inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer—and free of charge, in most cities. And best of all, you get to watch them with an enthusiastic audience, equally hungry for local history.”

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at dozens of local venues worldwide, providing the opportunity for individuals and families to discover how best to care for their films and get a rare chance to view examples of home movies. Traditionally held on the third Saturday in October (October 17th in 2015), dates for individual events will take place in October and November. Home Movie Day has grown each year from its initial slate of two dozen locations across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Japan in 2003.



What film formats can I bring to Home Movie Day?

Volunteers will inspect and project 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8 film. We will also project DVDs, VHS, & VHS-C. If you have any other oddball formats (28mm, 9.5mm, etc.), HMD representatives can help you find a safe, cost-effective way to view these prints.

Do I need to bring a home movie?

Nope. You’re welcome to stop by and just watch other people’s home movies. This isn’t a film screening where you need to stay silent. The more the audience contributes, the more fun it is. Your commentary will be much appreciated!

I have a whole box of ’em! Can we watch ’em all?

Nobody likes a home movie hog. Bring as many films as you’d like, but we’ll be screening one reel (3-5mins) from each participant until everyone has had a chance to see their home movies. After that, second helpings are totally fine–especially in Kodachrome.

My home movies are very personal. Why would I want to watch them with a bunch of voyeurs?

Home movies often commemorate scenes of enormous personal importance: weddings, graduations, birthdays, family reunions. Though home movies often begin as family records with deeply private meaning, the passage of years makes them compelling to people far beyond your immediate family. They serve as authentic records of our neighborhoods, traditions, and communities. You’ll enjoy sharing them–really.

Will you take my home movies and never give them back? They’re incredibly precious to me!

Nope. We’ll just inspect and project your home movies and return them to you in comparable condition. If there are broken perforations or cracked frames, we’ll fix those and return the films in better condition! Keep in mind that decades-old films are fragile and there’s an inherent (though slight) risk of damage during any projection. If we do not feel that the film can be safely projected, we will not screen it.

This sounds amazing! How much will this expert consultation set me back?

Home Movie Day is free, but donations are always welcome to defray costs.

For more information about Home Movie Days around the world: [http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/hmd/]

Walking October Mountain

Three short films about place
with filmmaker Paul Hinson IN PERSON
Monday, September 21st
Firestorm Cafe, 610 Haywood Road, Asheville

Currently based in Philadelphia, Paul left his rural hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia to look for work in the city. These films are about coming into the city and back out of it. They are quiet and fleeting, tuned into the moment of sensation as inner life reaches out to the landscapes around us, both familiar and alien.
“Places, we realize, are as much as part of us as we are part of them, and senses of place — yours, mine, and everyone else’s — partake complexly of both.”
— Keith H. Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places

33 min // digital video // digital sound
Fall gives way to winter as Sean and his daughter Caitlin stop off in a rural college town on their way back from an off-season beach vacation.
From a football game at one of the loudest stadiums in the country, to a lonely cabin in the mountains, and along the meandering forest roads, they finally lose their way while looking for a church down by the river.
Entirely improvised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, LAUREL RUN ROAD is part fiction, part gentle observation of place.

9 min 17 sec // digital video // digital sound
An optically printed landscape of a mountain in northeast Pennsylvania. Shifting horizons, kaleidoscopic trees, and passing hikers meet shifting frame lines, changing frame rates, and optical effects in a phenomenological exploration of the interanimation of thought and landscape.

4 min 35 sec // 16mm // optical sound
Optically-printed on 16mm, YELLOWBLUE layers textures of etched and bleached found-footage as well as slides to create rhythms of abstraction and representation that invoke simultaneous sensations of warmth and coldness, nearness and distance, intimacy and alienation.

Check out the trailer here: [https://vimeo.com/115024409]
Check out the Paul’s website here: [http://www.phinson.com/current-work/]

(Images from Laurel Run Road)

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: [https://vimeo.com/105490261]
Check out the film website here: [http://www.cottonroadmovie.com/]

*Quote from Amber Kallor’s article “13 Rules for a Successful Clothing Swap” (http://www.oprah.com/style/Clothing-Swap-How-to-Host-a-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: [https://vimeo.com/110097232]
Check out Kimi’s website here: [http://www.kimimaeda.com/bend/]

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: yayforfilm@gmail.com 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!


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