ASHEVILLE AND AROUND — Catch a screening of the new WNC-produced documentary “The Spirits Still Move Them: Moonshining in the Mountains,” with the first one coming up Thursday, June 17, at The Orange Peel.
A second outdoor screening will be held Friday, June 18, at North River Farms in Mills River. A third one being held at Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville is already sold out.
All screenings include live music and a talk with local moonshiners and the director, David Weintraub from the Center for Cultural Preservation.
The film features moonshining stories that are heart-rending, funny and moving — and open a window into the soul of the Southern Appalachian world that’s rapidly vanishing.
Rather than the stereotypes of lazy, drunken mountaineers, moonshiners were some of the most entrepreneurial and creative farmers in a community who not only provided a public service but helped to put food on the table for themselves and their communities.
There will also be a paid live-stream screening on Thursday, June 24.
Major film support was provided by Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
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• The Orange Peel: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17. $20 per person. Located at 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville.
• North River Farms: 8 p.m. Friday, June 18. Bring a lawn chair. $40 per carload. Located at 3333 N Mills River Rd, Mills River.
• Livestream: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Watch the film during an online livestream event followed by a Q&A with the director and a local moonshiner.