Found Footage Fest This Sunday
posted: January 28, 2010
|Found Footage Fest hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett
Update straight from Found Footage Fest hosts Nick and Joe: "Attention North Carolinians: it's just snow! Show tonite in Asheville."
That's right, the show is NOT canceled. Bust out of your snowy prisons and trek down to the Grey Eagle for the worst that VHS has to offer. Cold beer, hot Cajun food, live comedy, crappy videos. Put down the remote & step on out.
The Found Footage Fest: Tonight, 8 pm, $10.
Tour sponsored by the Onion, show presented locally by the MAP, Orbit DVD and TV Eye. Snow by Mother Nature. Gumbo by Twin Cousins Kitchen.
After playing to a packed house last year, the Found Footage Fest returns to Asheville Sunday with some of the most bizarre footage ever committed to VHS. It's a curated selection of the best unintentional humor available on old VHS tapes the festival hosts (and volunteer contributors nationwide) scrounge from thrift stores, garage sales and dumpsters.
This week's Mountain Xpress has an interview with FFF co-host Nick Prueher. Click here to check it out.
Quote: "You're taking a training video you had to watch the first day of your horrible minimum-wage job, but now it's being projected in a movie theater or a rock club on a big screen and there are 300 other people there. We're giving permission to laugh at it."
Check out the Found Footage Fest. Vol. 4 trailer here. Prepare for pirates, Klingons, incredibly bad Saturday morning cartoons, New Wave music, '80s hair and dating videos. You have been warned.
The Found Footage Festival
Sunday, Jan, 31, 8 p.m.
The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave.
Tickets are $10 at the door and available in advance at Orbit DVD, TV Eye and online here
Found Footage Fest on Twitter
Music Video Asheville seeks musicians, video artists
posted: January 27, 2010
Music Video Asheville returns in 2010, asking area musicians and video artists to create original works for a spring showcase of 100% homegrown local music videos.
Put on by Future of Asheville Music, MVA needs YOUR videos by Feb. 17. The showcase of all qualified submitted local videos is March 10 at Cinebarre.
MVA 2010 is open to all Buncombe County residents who submit one video showcasing their act's live footage, music video or documentary-style film. At the event, the audience will vote for their favorite video, and the winning video wins a cash prize.
2009 participants included Toubab Krewe, Ear Powr, Laura Reed, Bugs Multiply, The Poles, Shapetastic, Angi West, Buncombe Turnpike, Velvet Truckstop, Mad Tea Party, LS and MJ Grillo, The Broomstars, Arizona, Custard Pie, Josh Phillips, Ice Horse, The Cheeksters, Chakra Bird, Nights Bright Colors, Tyler Ramsey, Quetzatl, Custard Pie, LAAFF, Silver Machine and Now You See Them.
The screening is open to the public, and tickets are $5 each. All ticket proceeds go directly toward the winning artist's prize.
All Asheville-area musicians and filmmakers are invited to submit one video or film. Organizers ask that all participants download the MVA submission guidelines and MVA submission form (linked below).
Music Video Asheville
Deadline for submission: Feb. 17
Video showcase: March 10, Cinebarre (behind Biltmore Square Mall)
6pm to 10pm, $5
Official 2010 guidelines
Wired mag feeds Solatrium buzz at Slamdance
posted: January 25, 2010
|Arielle Nicole Cartee is a clone overly fond of her hallucinogenic drug diet in Solatrium. Director Chris Bower lined his own apartment with discarded styrofoam packing materials to create the setting.
None other than Wired magazine has picked up on the buzz surrounding a locally produced, MAP-funded short movie, Solatrium (the former Moon Europa reborn as a 20-minute short catching national attention).
Wired's Solatrium coverage includes picking the Asheville short film as a highlight of the Slamdance indie film festival in Sci-fi, Horror and Beat Poetry Converge at Sundance, Slamdance.
Wired also features a two-minute Solatrium clip in its online video gallery, Solatrium Delivers Sleek Sci-fi Look on a Shoestring.
Solatrium screens for the second time at Slamdance on Tuesday January 28th. Attended by tens of thousands of fans, Slamdance takes place at the same time as the Sundance film festival, providing what supporters consider a truer representation of independent filmmaking.
Follow Solatrium on Twitter (@solatrium), or visit solatrium.com for updates.
Asheville Fringe Arts Fest -- Fringe Audio Jan. 22-23
posted: January 21, 2010
|Liz Lang of Auracene
Now in its 8th year, the Asheville Fringe Arts Fest asks artists in various genres and media (juggling, theatre, spoken word, puppetry, cabaret, stand-up...) to push their boundaries and present innovative performance art to a culturally adventurous audience (AKA Asheville).
Fringe Audio is an immersive environment focused on sonic experimentation and surprise, where musicians, performers and composers premiere new works and avant-garde ambient sounds.
The Fringe Audio music lineup includes Elisa Faires, Kimathy Moore, Xambuca featuring Chandra Shukla, Sturgeon Hoof featuring David Jones, Ivan Seng, Auracene featuring Liz Lang, and Vincent Wrenn and the “shape note” singing of Western Carolina Sacred Harp Singers.
On the visual side, check out MAPster VJ's Megan McKissack and Jason Scott Furr, and a butoh performance by Julie Becton Gillum.
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival: Fringe Audio
January 22-23 (Fri.-Sat.), 8 p.m.
The Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center
Free with Fringe Freak all-access Pass
Advance tickets available: 828-350-8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is presented by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Emmy-winning Popcorn Sutton doc showing Jan. 21
posted: January 18, 2010
An Emmy-winning, locally produced documentary about Maggie Valley moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton shows at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at White Horse Black Mountain in Black Mountain.
The film, which won a 2009 Emmy, depicts Sutton distilling his final batch of illegal liquor. Interviews with Appalachian folklorists, storytellers, and authors explore the role of moonshine in Appalachian history and identity.
The affable Sutton dominates the film, weaving explanations of moonshine craft with stories of a lifetime of in an outlaw trade.
Sutton’s fame grew exponentially when he committed suicide following a series of highly publicized moonshine busts. Scheduled to report for an 18-month prison term, he instead ended his life. Singer Hank Williams Jr. attended Sutton's funeral to pay his respects.
The Last One
Thursday Jan. 21
White Horse Black Mountain
105 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain
Tickets and info here
Solatrium Benefit at Satellite Gallery
posted: January 14, 2010
Saturday, January 16
55 Broadway, Asheville
Asheville film Solatrium, by local filmmakers Chris Bower and Craig Hobbs, has its world premier at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City this month! Solatrium is a shortened version of Moon Europa, which won the MAP’s Daniel DeLaVergne Media Arts Advantage Fund Award. To celebrate and raise money to attend the festival, Bower is having a fundraising/launch party on Saturday. He will be showing clips from the movie, John Brinker will be DJing, and the MAP's own Scott Furr will VJ.
Come out and support a beautiful piece of local art. Tickets are $10 at the door - this includes free booze!
Found Footage Film Festival
posted: January 3, 2010
January 31, 8pm - $10
The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Avenue, Asheville
Since it was such a blast last year, the MAP is partnering with TV Eye and Orbit DVD to host the Found Footage Film Festival when it returns to Asheville this month. These guys showcase footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country. A thousand hours of footage has been distilled into 90 minutes of the most sublime spectacles, intriguing characters, and beguiling, if not insightful, looks into those who lived during the golden days of the VHS dynasty.
Two rules govern Found Footage Festival: 1) Footage must be found on physical format. No YouTube. 2) It has to be unintentionally funny. Whatever it’s trying to do, it has to fail miserably at that.
Since the first tour in 2004, the Found Footage Festival has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., including the HBO Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The festival has been featured on National Public Radio, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and G4 TV’s Attack Of The Show, and has been named a critic’s pick in dozens of publications, including The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle ("Riotous!"), AVClub.com ("Skull-crushingly funny."), The Stranger, and The Chicago Tribune.
See you there...
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