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Film: SMOKE featuring William Hurt and Harvey Keitel Monday Sept 25th 2017 7:00pm

White Horse Is Excited To 
Launch a New Monthly Film Series 


The series opens with the thought provoking film, 


which features a stellar cast including:

  William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Stockard Channing, 

Ashley Judd and Forest Whitaker

Smoke is a highly rated 1995 comic drama
about friendship and moving forward

Admission is By Donation
(We suggest a donation of $5 to $10 but
any amount is appreciated and 
no one will be turned away)

A discussion will be held following the film on the 

topic of Connecting and Building Bridges
as demonstrated in the film

Smoke is a deceptively quiet film that celebrates ordinary life as well as the art of storytelling.

This ensemble drama centers on a neighborhood cigar store as it chronicles the entangled lives of fifteen characters.

The plot of this movie, like smoke itself, drifts and swirls ethereally.

Characters and subplots are deftly woven into a tapestry of stories and pictures which only slowly emerges to our view.

In Auggie's New York smoke shop, day by day passes, seemingly unchanging until he teaches us to notice the little details of life. Paul Benjamin, a disheartened and broken writer, has a brush with death that is pivotal and sets up an unlikely series of events that afford him a novel glimpse into the life on the street which he saw, but did not truly perceive, every day.

Roger Ebert writes:
"Smoke" is a beguiling film about words, secrets and tobacco. It takes place among lonely men and a few women who build a little world in the middle of a big city, a world based on sadness, secrets, killing time and enjoying a good smoke. Like a few other recent, brave movies, it places trust in the power of words: These people talk, weaving pipe dreams into what they need to get by.
 The center of the film is the Brooklyn Cigar Co., at the corner of Third Street and Eighth Avenue. For Auggie Wren, who owns it, the store is the center of the world - so much so that every single morning, he stands across the street from it and takes a photograph.
The movie is a delicate creation, with no big punch line or payoff. Watching it, I was in the moment: It was about these people wandering lost through their lives. Afterward, I felt good about them - good because they were likable people, but good, too, because the writer and director took care to give them dialogue that suited their needs. 

Edward Guthmann, of SFGATE writes:
Standing behind the counter of his nondescript Brooklyn cigar store, Auggie Wren waits for magic to happen. A working stiff on the surface, but a poet at heart, Auggie loves people, and treats his cigar store as a working-class salon -- a place where all sorts of characters pass through, and conversation is king.
In "Smoke", a warm, beautifully textured film from director Wayne Wang and novelist-turned-screenwriter Paul Auster, Auggie (Harvey Keitel) and his cigar store are also focal points for a series of chance encounters and offbeat convergences.
"People say you have to travel to see the world," Auggie reflects in a piece of narration. "Sometimes I think that if you just stay in one place and keep your eyes open, you're going to see just about all that you can handle."
To that end, Auggie takes one photograph a day from outside his store -- a 14-year habit. Each day, he places his tripod in the same spot, same time, and shoots whatever passes by. "It's my project," he tells his novelist buddy, Paul Benjamin (William Hurt), "what you might call my life's work."
When Hurt comments that they all look the same, Auggie points out their subtle differences: the quality of light, the season, the attitudes and postures of the people. It's all a matter of slowing down, Auggie says, and appreciating people on their individual merits.
If you care about films that respect their characters, and have something interesting to say about the ways we communicate and find points of connection, then don't miss this one.


RottenTomatoes gave the film an usually high rating

of 7.8 out of 10......
and a whopping 89 percent of the 
RottenTomatoes audience LIKED IT.

Our film series is being produced by a wonderful
 Asheville-based organization called 
Movies & Meaning.

Movies & Meaning 
was founded in 2015 as a gathering of people around art and activism—those who desire to heal our personal and cultural wounds as a diverse community, laugh and cry around the “campfire experience” of great movies, and gain tools for constructive, respectful, and thoughtful dialogue across boundaries of religion, class, race, and age.

Epic and intimate, serious and funny, inspirational and relaxed: this community is ready to welcome you.

Movies & Meaning provides a variety of activities including
 an annual Film Festival
a magazine called The Porch,

White Horse and 
Movies & Meaning 
are excited to be partnering 
with our Film Sponsor, 
Montreat Conference Center 
and their upcoming conference,

Radical Beauty
Living in the Tension of Healing and Social Change
October 9 - 12, 2017

Do you believe beauty could be a resource for creating change in communities? A source of healing for hurting souls? A way of engaging in a more productive conversation? We do.

Radical Beauty is for people who believe there’s a better way to engage in dialogue across all sorts of differences, who believe that art can build community and cross divides.

Radical Beauty will use a cyclical model of engagement to explore how we can use art to create and cultivate beauty. Each cycle will begin with an artistic experience – a concert, a film viewing, a poetry reading – followed by a facilitated conversation about how that experience, and others like it, can build community. Each experience will conclude with time for reflection and renewal in an innovative sacred space, led by Pete and Joyce Majendie.