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[BKARTS] Fully Awake: Black Mountain College



Fully Awake, the first feature documentary film on Black Mountain College,
premieres at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center fundraiser


After six years in the making, the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is pleased to present the premiere screening of Fully Awake: Black Mountain College, the first ever feature length documentary film on Black Mountain College. Asheville natives and filmmakers Cathryn Davis Zommer and Neeley House utilized community funding and volunteer efforts to make this important new documentary about the legendary experimental college based in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The college, founded in 1933 and closed in 1957, shaped the direction of modern art, music, and dance in America and embodies one of the most fascinating stories in 20th century education.

Fully Awake: Black Mountain College Premiere Event + Fundraiser
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.
 Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC

A Reception for the filmmakers and BMC alumni will follow the screening
$25, Proceeds will benefit Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Advance tickets are available in person at:
BMCM+AC, 56 Broadway in downtown Asheville  
Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville (cash or check only)
or by phone at 828-350-8484.


Fully Awake is the first full-length film about Black Mountain College and covers important events at the college, including Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome in 1948 and John Cage's multimedia happening in 1952. However, the documentary’s primary exploration is the unique educational style of Black Mountain College and how that influenced collaboration, exploration, and ultimately, contributed to the school’s current fame. Fully Awake weaves interviews with students, teachers, and historians with black and white archival photography to tell the inspired story of a school that existed only 24 years, but whose spirit lives on. More information on the film is available at www.bmcfullyawake.org.

The college has achieved its mythic status in part because of the famous names associated with it (Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg, de Kooning, Kline, Motherwell, Fuller, and many more), but it is important to remember that those individuals were not famous at the time. They were talented; they were experimental; they were courageous; but they were virtually unknown outside of a small circle of likeminded mavericks. Black Mountain College provided a place where all individuals felt free to experiment, to collaborate, and to risk failure. Some of them found fame, and others did not, but everyone present was fundamentally changed.

For tickets or more information please call 828-350-8484.

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