Southern Gothic Revival

Don’t miss the Southern Gothic revival happening at Tryon Theatre this week.

For lovers of Faulkner, Flannery, and Welty — or even for people who don’t read classic short stories but know their way around a kudzu-draped secret or two — the Southern Gothic genre is always alive and well (or at least ghostly and energetic).

As if to prove it, Greenville filmmakers Chris White and his wife Emily Reach White, whose previous credits include Cinema Purgatorio and Get Better, will debut Unbecoming, a series of five short films “about characters who are damaged and sometimes even delusional,” according to Bold Life movie reviewer Marcianne Miller. “These tales are slightly weird, unpredictable, possibly uncomfortable.”

Chris and Emily aim to make emotionally resonant films on tight deadlines with small budgets. They’ve groomed their goals by enlisting some hefty star power for Unbecoming, including Tryon resident Patti D’Arbanville, a former Warhol muse and seasoned Hollywood actor (The Sopranos, My So-Called Life) and industry veteran Michael Forest, star of many Corman indie thrillers and a popular voiceover actor in his later years.

Unbecoming red-carpet premiere, Sunday, April 3, historic Tryon Theatre (45 South Trade St). $30 ticket includes dinner at Huckleberry’s and the film (seating at 5:30pm); $10 for film plus a Q/A discussion with the filmmakers and actors afterward (start time is 7pm). 828-859-8611.

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