October 21st Film: “Blood Into Wine”

The sixteenth and final film of ACS Season 5, “Blood Into Wine,” will be screened on Tuesday, October 21st at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “Blood Into Wine” is a documentary film directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke.   . Synopsis . Take a look inside the life of one of Rock music’s most mysterious and interesting figures. With winemaking in his blood, multiplatinum recording artist Maynard James Keenan (Puscifer, A...

5th Season Schedule

All films will be screened in Downtown Asheville at the Altamont Theater at 7:15pm . * March 11th – “Pablo” – 4.4 out of 5 stars * March 18th – “Girl on a Bicycle” – 4.9 out of 5 stars!   * April 8th – “The Jewish Cardinal” – 4.7 out of 5 stars * April 22nd – “Maidentrip” – 4.6 out of 5 stars   * May 6th – “Within the Whirlwind” – 4.4 out of 5 stars * May 20th...

Oct. 7th: “Garibaldi’s Lovers”

The fifteenth film of ACS Season 5, “Garibaldi’s Lovers,” was screened on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “Garibaldi’s Lovers” is an Italian romantic comedy directed by Silvio Soldini. The film received a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating from ACS members.   . . Synopsis . “Garibaldi’s Lovers“ presents a fizzy ride through a magical vision of metropolitan Italy, while at the same time casting a...

“1,000 Times Good Night”

The fourteenth film of ACS Season 5, “1,000 Times Good Night,” was screened on Tuesday, September 16th at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “1,000 Times Good Night” received a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from those in attendance. Comments from ACS members after the film: “Powerful film, beautifully shot.” “Amazing, powerful movie with A-plus acting.” “Difficult to watch but beautiful and powerful but unsettling. Cast was...

September 2nd Film: “A Perfect Man”

The thirteenth film of ACS Season 5, “A Perfect Man,” was screened on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. Directed by Kees Van Oostrum, “A Perfect Man” stars Liev Schreiber and Jeanne Tripplehorn star in this funny, moving, and perceptive exploration of romance and the challenges of marriage, set in the beautiful and unique city of Amsterdam. A womanizing husband inadvertently falls back in love with his wife over the phone...

August 19th Film: “Design is One”

The twelfth film of ACS Season 5, “Design is One,” was screened on Tuesday, August 19th at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. Directed by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra, “Design is One” is a documentary about iconic design team Lella and Massimo Vignelli. The documentary received a 4.2 out of 5 star rating from those in attendance. . . Synopsis . Italian-born Massimo and Lella Vignelli are among the world’s most influential designers....

August 5th: “The Girl on the Train”

The eleventh film of ACS Season 5, “The Girl on the Train,” was screened on Tuesday, August 5th at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. Directed and written by Larry Brand, “The Girl on the Train” is an American independent thriller starring Henry Ian Cusick, Nicki Aycox and Stephen Lang. The film received a 3.5 out of 5-star rating from those in attendance. . . Synopsis . A documentary filmmaker boards a train at Grand Central Terminal, heading to...

July 15th Film: “The Blue Butterfly”

The tenth film of ACS Season 5, “The Blue Butterfly,” was screened on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. Inspired by a true story, “The Blue Butterfly“ is about the coming of age of a young boy and a mature man who both must learn to emerge from their protective cocoons to live life to the fullest. The film is directed by Léa Pool and stars William Hurt and Marc Donato. “The Blue Butterfly” received a 4.6 out of 5...

“The Village Barbershop”

The ninth film of ACS Season 5, “The Village Barbershop,” was screened on Tuesday, July 1st at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “The Village Barbershop“ is an independent film written, directed and produced by Chris Ford and stars John Ratzenberger and Shelly Cole. The film received a 4 out of 5 stars rating from ACS members in attendance. . . Synopsis . Art Leroldi is terminal. Terminally irritable, that is. A small-time Reno barber stuck in a...

“K2: Siren of the Himalayas”

The eighth film of ACS Season 5, “K2: Siren of the Himalayas,” was  screened on Tuesday, June 17th at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “K2: Siren of the Himalayas“ is a feature documentary directed by Dave Ohlson showing the adventure, peril, teamwork and serenity of a mountaineering group’s attempt to summit the world’s most challenging peak. The film received a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating from those in attendance. . . Synopsis . This breathtaking...

“Half of a Yellow Sun”

The seventh film of ACS Season 5, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” was screened on Tuesday, June 10th at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “Half of a Yellow Sun“ is an epic love-story weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war in 1960s Nigeria. The film received a 4.3 out of 5 stars rating from ACS members in attendance.     . . Synopsis . Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins, from a wealthy Nigerian family,...

May 20th Film: “Take Me Home”

The sixth film of ACS Season 5, “Take Me Home,” was screened on Tuesday, May 20th at 7:15 pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “Take Me Home” is a romantic comedy written, produced and directed by Sam Jaeger, who also stars in the film. The film received a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating from those in attendance. . . Synopsis . Thom (Sam Jaeger) isn’t having a good day. With no job and no place to sleep, Thom turns to his last resort: driving his illegal taxicab...

“Within the Whirlwind”

The fifth film of ACS Season 5, “Within the Whirlwind,” was screened on Tuesday, May 6th in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre at 7:15pm. Directed by Marleen Gorris, “Within the Whirlwind,” relates the true story of Yevgenia Ginzburg, a young woman who spends 18 years of her life in the gulag in Siberia during Stalin’s reign of terror. Having lost everything, and no longer wishing to live, she meets the camp doctor and begins to come back to life. The film...

April 22nd Film: “Maidentrip”

The fourth film of ACS Season 5, “Maidentrip,” will be screened on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:15pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “Maidentrip” is a documentary film by Jillian Schlesinger about Laura Dekker, a 14-year-old sailor, who sets out on a two-year voyage to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. The documentary received a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating from ACS members. . . Synopsis . 15-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a...

April 8th Film: “The Jewish Cardinal”

The third film of ACS Season 5, “The Jewish Cardinal,” was screened on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:15pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “The Jewish Cardinal” is a French film directed by Ilan Duran Cohen that tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. The film received a 4.7 out of...

March 18th Film: “Girl on a Bicycle”

The second film of ACS Season 5, “Girl on a Bicycle,” was screened on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:15pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. “Girl on a Bicycle” is a romantic comedy written and directed by Jeremy Leven. The film received a 4.9 out of 5 stars rating from ACS members! . Synopsis . Paolo, an Italian who drives a tour bus in Paris, explaining to his passengers that Paris is a second-rate Rome, has just proposed to the love of his life, Greta, the...

March 11th Film: “Pablo”

The first film of Asheville Cinema Society Season 5, “Pablo,” was screened on Tuesday, March 11th at 7:15pm in downtown Asheville at Altamont Theatre. The film received a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating from ACS members. “Pablo” is a documentary directed by Richard Goldgewicht that tells the story of the legendary times and work of title designer Pablo Ferro. . . Synopsis . Narrated by Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges, “Pablo” blends documentary and animation...

A Letter from ACS to You

To all Asheville Cinema Society Members (current, future and past)   First of all, we want to thank you for being members, and believe it or not we are going into our fifth season….  Yes I know, it is unbelievable, but true. The Asheville Cinema Society (ACS) is making changes for the 2014 season.  Two years ago we added a downtown location (Asheville Community Theater) and this year we are changing again.  Although Tom and Sandi’s primary focus is still dedicated to the...

New Year, New Venue

The Asheville Cinema Society has decided to revamp the 2014 ACS season. After four seasons of bringing great films to the Asheville Community Theatre and the Biltmore Regal Theater, ACS is excited to announce we will be screening two films per month at the Altamont Theatre on Church Street in downtown Asheville. The Altamont Theatre is partnering with ACS by offering dinner the evening of the film at a 15% discount at The Green Room next door. The set up in the auditorium is such that our...