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Film festival, featuring a beer-loving Forrest Gump



Hey folks,

Wanted to give you a heads-up on an event we are holding Jan. 8 at Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville: the inaugural Furry Friends Film Festival Fundraiser. It features a handful of short films produced by my friend, talented videographer/bartender Chris Nevel, and the feature film for the evening is "Gary Goes Gump." This fall, I ventured out on a six-week solo road trip across America and back, visiting numerous national parks and breweries along the way, and to memorialize the trip in a unique way, Chris and I are producing a comical and inspiring re-creation of the famous Forrest Gump running scene across America, since I am an avid runner and big fan of the movie. I purchased a GoPro camera for the trip, which takes amazing video, and was able to recruit people I met from around the world during my trip to not only help with the filming but also play various supporting roles in the film itself. The production will also include a few other Forrest Gump scenes related to the trip, such as some of the park bench scenes where Forrest tells his story (we filmed those outside the Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville before my trip in August). This is undoubtedly a craft-beer-loving Gump, and that is revealed in humorous ways throughout the film.

Should be pretty epic, and the Hendersonville Times-News is currently working on a big story to run in the paper about the film and the festival overall, in which all proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Humane Society. Chris' other short videos include a documentary of SAB's Andy Cubbin brewing a batch of Black Bear Stout.

Tickets are $10 per person, with beer/wine, food from Underground Baking Co. and various raffle tickets available for separate purchase. The event begins at 6:00 with a social hour, and showtime starts at 7:00. The program should run about an hour and a half. Tickets (will-call list) are available now at the brewery or at Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique in downtown Hendersonville; but if anyone can't make it down here before the event they can make arrangements with me. Seating is limited to 80 because of capacity issues at the brewery, and we're expecting tickets to go fast once the Times-News article comes out.

Should be a pretty entertaining evening as Chris and I have already devoted dozens of hours to the production of Gary Gump, and it's for a great cause. Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers, and hope you can make it,


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Entertaining films for a great cause. Had a great time.

    January 9, 2013

  • Chris P.

    Really fun event!

    January 9, 2013

  • Czech Mate (Big E.

    Very good and fun!

    January 8, 2013

  • Lorne

    Great job Gary and Chris!

    January 8, 2013

  • Kristina

    Bummer, I will have to read about it in the paper!
    Have fun and next time I will heed good advice - I should have gotten my ticket early :(

    January 8, 2013

  • Chris P.

    This event is SOLD OUT. See you tonight if you have a ticket!

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • mike h.

    I miss all of you craft beer swilling heathens! And man, do I miss good beer. I've moved to N'awlins for the filthy lucre and this place is craft beer HELL!!!!!!! Abita makes me thirst for Crappie...errrrrrr, I mean Craggie (RIP). Well, not that bad. But there is nothing like Highland and Pisgah. NOLA, Covington and LA31 would be Asheville's 14th worst beers. Tip a glass of Cold Mountain and consider my sacrifice! Cheers, Mike

    January 2, 2013

  • Chris P.

    Don't forget to stop by Southern Appalachian Brewery or WAG in Hendersonville to get your tickets soon. Not too many left.

    December 20, 2012

  • david h.

    just another question: if we are the 'asheville beer city meetup' group, then how come some of these meetings are not in asheville? just curious, that's all.

    December 8, 2012

    • Kevin D.

      Because Greater Metropolitan Asheville Beer City Meetup wouldn't fit on the sign? :-) Just kidding, but here are two reasons I can think of. 1) A lot of folks who are members of our group live outside Asheville, particularly Hendersonville, and it's cool to occasionally do something closer to their "neck of the woods". 2) While Asheville may be considered the epicenter, the larger Western North Carolina region is literally exploding with new breweries, many of them producing really good craft beer in a wide variety of styles. No reason to limit ourselves to the AVL city limits or even Buncombe County. There's plenty to experience in this broader area... not just breweries, but beer festivals as well: Hickory Hops, High Country Beer Fest, etc.

      Perhaps we could be called the "WNC Beer Meetup", but Asheville Beer City sounds better, in my opinion.


      1 · December 8, 2012

    • Chris P.

      Well put Dobo! :)

      December 9, 2012

  • peter

    Hey Gang, I thought this would interest some of you. It is for a good cause and features one of our very own. This will not be an official meet up. So, if you are going and want to try and meet up with people from the group, you are on your own.

    December 5, 2012

  • Gary

    Hello, my name is Gary, Gary Gump. I run for beer. And that's all I have to say about that.

    1 · December 4, 2012

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