Culture festival features film about mountain elderts
from press release
The Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College. The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to Us which includes the voices of mountain elders throughout WNC. There will also be music by local musician Tom Fisch, dinner provided by local restaurants, and panel discussions that follow each film. The event will raise needed funds for the Center’s oral history project that has already interviewed over 50 mountain elders in 10 counties throughout Western North Carolina.
According to David Weintraub, Executive Director of the Center as well as the director/producer of the films being screened, “We live in very polarized times, yet it’s our connection to our cultural legacies that's sustained us through good times and bad. The Culture Vulture Film Festival's goal is to reconnect people to some of the cultural legacies of our region that demonstrate the vibrancy of cultural communities of years past and what lessons they have for us today. We hope by showing these films and hosting discussions with people who have lived in these communities that we can re-tie the common threads that make human culture a powerful force to reunite our community”
The films screened at the Culture Vulture Film Festival include “Where Neon Goes to Die” chronicling the story of Yiddish culture in the South; “Golden Side of the Tracks” a documentary about Overtown which, in its heyday was considered the Harlem of the South; and “The Land Continues to Speak To Us.”
The event will kick off at 6 p.m. on October 30th featuring live mountain music and a barbecue dinner. The film screenings begin at 7 p.m.. Each film will be followed by a brief panel discussion featuring local experts and the filmmaker. Advance tickets cost $20 for all three films which includes food and drink. Children’s tickets are also available. Tickets are $5 more at the door. Tickets are available online at saveculture.org or by calling the Center at 692-8062.
The Center for Cultural Preservation is a cultural nonprofit organization dedicated to working for mountain heritage, continuity through oral history, documentary film, education, and public programs. For more information about the Center contact them at (828) 692-8062 or www.saveculture.org.