New White Horse Film Series Debuts
Smoke Launches “Movies and Meaning”
Monday, September 25 - 7:00 p.m.- “Movies and Meaning”, feat. Smoke. $5-$10 donation suggested.
The White Horse Black Mountain has hosted several thought-provoking film series in the past, many of them documentary oriented. A slight departure, “Movies and Meaning” was founded in 2015 as a way of gathering a dialog community around cinema that touches on themes of storytelling, healing, arts and justice. The first film in the series, the 1995 comedy/drama Smoke, is an unorthorthodox interweaving of intersecting plot lines crafted by director Wayne Wang. It will be shown at the White Horse on Monday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.
The film centers around the nondescript Brooklyn cigar store of Auggie Wren, who documents the focus of his life with a daily a photo of the shop. Auggie reflects in one narration that, “Sometimes I think that if you just stay in one place and keep your eyes open, you’re going to see just about all that you can handle”. Offbeat customers wander through the cigar shop revealing the hopes, dreams and disappointments of their drifting lives. There are no huge moments, just intensely personal glimpses of lives the audience comes to care about.
The stellar ensemble cast includes big names in small scale, intimate roles, including William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Stockard Channing, Ashley Judd and Forest Whitaker. The movie has earned an unusually high 7.8 out of 10 rating from Rotten Tomatoes, with 89% of the audience liking the film.
There will be a discussion on the topic of “Connecting and Building Bridges” following the screening. The showing is sponsored by the Montreat Conference Center and its upcoming October 9-12 conference, “Radical Beauty”.