Grassroots Arts Program Subgrant


We’ve got such incredible news for you, movie lovers! Mechanical Eye was awarded the Grassroots Arts Program Subgrant by the Asheville Area Arts Council and North Carolina Arts Council to bring THREE visiting filmmakers to Asheville to show their work, talk about their practice, and share with you their skills! We are thrilled to announce that Wenhua Shi, Monte Patterson, and Arpita Kumar will be here in November/December to present programs of their work!

Water Walk


10 Years of Video Work by Wenhua Shi
7pm, Friday, November 11, 2016
The Refinery Creator Space
207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville
$5 Suggested Donation

Projection Mapping Workshop

Want to learn projection mapping (for your installation) but don’t know where to start? We will teach you! The workshop will show participants the essential design fundamentals of video projecting and mapping. Projection mapping is a technique of projecting animation/video onto a three dimensional surface. Participants will learn the basics of video mapping software.

This workshop is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to develop projection mapping projects for future events, art installations, and performances.

11am-3pm, Saturday, November 12, 2016
Mechanical Eye Microcinema
207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville
Cost: $60 (sponsorships available – email us if cost is a barrier to your participation)

Wenhua Shi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at UMass Boston. Originally trained as a doctor in China, Wenhua departed from the medical field and began working in radio and TV in his hometown of Wuhan. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art in Film from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2009 he graduated with an MFA from Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley.

His works have been screened or exhibited at Pacific Film Archive, Black Maria Film Festival, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television (UK), Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, Denver Contemporary Museum of Art, Beijing Film Academy, Berlin International Directors Lounge, The Jack Kerouac School of Naropa University, and dozens of international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bradford, and Mexico City. West Bund 2013: a Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary art, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, International Arte Laguna Prize, Finalists Exhibition, The Arsenale of Venice in Italy.

Wenhua Shi is a 2015 Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

The Films of Monté Patterson


Masks and Metamorphosis
Experimental narrative shorts about transformations from one plane of being to another based on the lives we live.
7pm, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Grail Moviehouse
45 S French Broad
$5 Suggested Donation
Artist Talk: The Puncutative Power of the Final Image
A filmmaker’s artist talk about social media and the ways in which a film’s final image encapsulates and punctuates stories.
6-7pm, Friday, November 18, 2016
Firestorm Cafe & Books
$5-10 sliding scale (includes beverage/snack)
Workshop: Write Your Mask
A workshop about writing your life as a children’s book
1-3pm, Saturday, November 19, 2016
Mechanical Eye Microcinema
207 Coxe Ave
$30 tuition (contact us for sponsorship information)
Registration Form
Arpita Kumar


7pm, Saturday December 3, 2016
Screening Location TBD
Workshop & Artist Talk
Locations & Times TBD
Saturday 12/3 – Sunday 12/4
This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
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We hope you can make it to all of these events!
Yay for film!!!

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