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      July 27, 2017

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      185 Clingman Avenue
      Asheville, North Carolina

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      The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse

      with Angela Faye Martin, Martin McNeil
      The film screening will be preceeded by two short sets of Sparklehorse tunes (and more) from Angela Faye Martin and Martin McNeill. Following the screening of the film, there will be a short Q&A with some of Mark Linkous's long time friends and collaborators. A documentary about the late, enigmatic indie-rocker, Mark Linkous, (aka Sparklehorse) will make both its U.S and European debut this April (2016). The Films U.S. premiere will be in Linkous hometown of Richmond, Virginia with screenings following at the Chattanooga and Macon Film Festivals and then making its European debut at IndieLisboa (Portugal) with further festival dates to follow.A cult and hugely influential figure in the alternative music scene, the critically-acclaimed Linkous had a dramatic life that saw him battle with drug and alcohol addiction, paralysis, and debilitating mental illness that resulted in his eventual suicide.Sparklehorses music was heralded by his peers and critics; a mix of delicate pop, discordant punk and melodic odyssey; it has been described as "defiantly surrealist... with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies. Collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch, Thom Yorke (Radiohead), and Nina Persson (The Cardigans) to name but a few.After Linkous tragic suicide in 2010, U.K. based filmmakers Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass were inspired to create a film about Marks life and music, having previously worked with the singer to make promo film. They would invite Linkous friend and collaborator, Angela Faye Martin to invoke a narrative about the artists darkly powerful oeuvre.With an eye for the poignancy of his brief life of 47 years, they embarked on a loving portrayal of the life and work of a creative genius at odds with his world anti-creative forces Linkous metaphorically referred to as, witches of white noise.The film features interviews with Linkous himself as well as; Jonathan Donahue & Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven), Emily Haines (Metric), Adrian Utley (Portishead), John Parish (PJ Harvey), Matthew Wright, Ed Harcourt, Gemma Hayes and others.COLD MOUNTAIN novelist Charles Frazier on the film: Mark Linkouss musicthe long chords, distortions, and halting rhythms is like the sound of someone thinking, feeling, and creating at just the moment I hit play. Among the many praiseworthy elements of this movie is its restraint. In telling the tragic, truncated life, it never for a moment forgets that the true story lies in the beauty of the achievement.

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