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September 18, 2019 | The Clarion
Arts & Life
Pisgah Film House is a hit
By Amber Vance
A unique and exciting cinema has recently opened in
Downtown Brevard beside the Benjamin Moore paint store.
Pisgah Film House is different from your ordinary cinema as
its primary focus is to bring documentaries, independent and
foreign language films to the cinematic screen.
Though it is a small cinema, Pisgah Film House offers
terrific sound and picture quality as they proudly present these
The Pisgah Film House is operated by a non-profit
organization known as The Pisgah Film Project. This cinema
is managed by executive director Philip Henry, who is also a
freelance film editor and cinematographer.
“I felt there was a cultural hole in Brevard,” Henry said. He
believes that film, like all other forms of art should be shared
with the community and that is why he has worked so hard to ^
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bring this unique cinema to Brevard. comedy-drama directed by Kirill
The Pisgah Film Project had shows at the Brevard Music Mikhanovsky, will be playing
Center in Searcy Hall between the months of March and May at the Pisgah Film House Sept.
this year. The project was moved during the summer to their 19-22. Check their website, www.
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current location m Downtown Brevard, where it was opened
Sept. 5 of this year.
At Pisgah Film House, the movies are shown every Thursday through Sunday. In addition to
the movies, they also hope to show a series of retro classics from early 20th century to the ‘80s
to be shown in the Weekend Family Series.
Tickets for shows can be found online on their website at pisgahfilm.org and are available for
purchase a week previous to the show. The cost for a ticket is $10 and the proceeds go towards
aiding in the mission for film to develop our community.
'Working Writers Reading'Tuesday to feature
Alyse Bensel, Margaret Brown and Jubal Tiner
The 4th annual Working Writers Reading
will feature Brevard College professors Alyse
Bensel, Margaret Brown and Jubal Tiner.
The authors will read from their creative work
on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in MG 125 on
the Brevard College campus. The event is free
and open to the public.
Bensel is the author of “Rare Wondrous
Things,” a poetic biography of Maria Sibylla
Merian (Green Writers Press, forthcoming
2020), and three chapbooks, including “Lies to
Tell the Body” (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018).
Her poems have recently appeared or are
forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review,
Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Poetry International,
and West Branch, among others. Her fiction
and nonfiction have been featured at The Boiler,
Entropy, and Pithead Chapel.
She is an assistant professor of English at
Brevard College, where she directs the Looking
Glass Rock Writers’ Conference.
Brown is associate professor of history
at Brevard College and the author of “The
Wild East: A Biography of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park.”
After graduating from the University of
Minnesota, Brown worked as a freelance writer
and editor before attending graduate school at
the University of Kentucky. Since 1996 she has
taught courses in environmental history and
wilderness in American life at Brevard College.
An avid hiker and letter writer since she was a
small child. Brown has converted her passion for
short nonfiction into a blog, “Margaret Brown,
First Drafts,” oriented toward readers who love
national parks as well as nature in their own
Tiner’s short story collection, “The
Waterhouse,” won an Independent Publisher
Book Award for best regional fiction representing
Author Steve Almond writes, “In ‘The
Waterhouse,’ Jubal Tiner traces the intersecting
fate of three boyhood friends as they navigate
the world of masculinity and its discontents.
These are stories bristling with a fierce wisdom,
masterfully written and emotionally fearless.
Tiner is a writer to watch.”
Tiner has published fiction in The Florida
Review, Puerto del Sol, The Baltimore Review,
Weber Studies, Cold Mountain Review, and
Moonshine Review, among others.
Tiner is the founder and editor of Pisgah
Review and teaches fiction writing at Brevard
Each author will read for 10-15 minutes,
followed by a group Q&A session and book
Brevard College’s Pastimes History
Club met for the first time this semester
on Monday, Sept. 16. The students and
professors are setting up this club for great
plans this academic year.
At the head of this club are History majors
Aia Andonovska and Eleanor Flannery. Their
goal for the club is to raise interest and
awareness in the subject of history.
Alongside the students are Brevard
College’s History professors, who will assist
the students in this goal.
Professor Joshua Wilkey furthered the
goal of the club by saying, “We need to
raise historical awareness as it relates to its
use in modem politics and helps create civic
responsibility among the student body.”
Associate Professor of History and
Coordinator of the History Major Dr.
Margaret Brown also added, “This club isn’t
just for history majors, but for all students
who want to learn more about history.”
Pastimes will meet every Wednesday night
at 7 p.m. in Tornado Alley. There you can
show your interest in joining the club and
assist in planning out club activities for the
semester. Among these possible activities
are community service projects, field trips
to historical sites, trivia nights, movie nights
and even reenactment activities.
If you’re looking to have a fun time
discussing history, eating snacks, watching
movies and maybe having a good excuse to
wear a powdered wig, then Pastimes is the
right place for you.
— Sam Hipp
Seven members of Pastimes History Club pose
for a photo during their first meeting.