The 2012 Asheville Cinema Festival (ACF) was a SMASHING success!!!! This year’s festival exceeded expectations by screening films that challenged, encouraged, informed and/or tickled the viewer. Some films were thought-provoking or funny, some were heartfelt or sad but all the films were entertaining. The Opening Night film and Closing Night film, Silver Linings Playbook and Quartet were superb and played to a packed house. The entire festival line-up of independent films showcased unique perspectives and justified our love affair with the art of filmmaking.
All of the filmmakers in attendance delivered interesting, informative and fun facts making for a lively exchange with audiences after their films. There were thought-provoking and heart wrenching documentaries with the filmmakers and the film stars present such as The High Price of Victory, A Tale of Two Soldiers, and The Cardboard Bernini. Light-hearted, fun films such as Spaghetti fur Zwei made us laugh as well as challenged our preconceived ideas of others. It wasn’t unusual to see audience members rushing from venue to venue not wanting to miss anything.