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Found Footage Fest and Solatrium Benefit

MAP Brings Found Footage Festival Back to Asheville

January 31, 8pm - $10

The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Avenue

Since it was such a blast last year, we are partnering with TV Eye and Orbit DVD to host the Found Footage 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. Marc McCloud of Orbit says he's never seen so many people buckled over laughing as he did at last year's show.

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...

"Sexy Sci-Fi" Benefit for Solatrium at Satellite Gallery

Saturday, January 16, 8pm

55 Broadway, Asheville

Woot! Solatrium, a short film made entirely here in Asheville, has been invited to world premier at the SlamDance Film Festival in Park City. Solatrium is the short version of Moon Europa, which was awarded the MAP's Media Arts Advantage Fund grant a few years back. Congratulations to Chris Bower and Craig Hobbs, the film's director and producer! To celebrate and raise money to get the film to Park City, Chris is hosting a benefit at Satellite Gallery tomorrow night. He'll be screening clips from the film; John Brinker will DJ and Scott Furr will VJ. The $10 admission includes free booze... come out and represent!