ASHEVILLE NC – On June 8, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall is hosting an evening dedicated to the release of Ben Lovett’s newest work, “BLACK CURTAIN.” The event is FREE and will feature live musical performances, behind-the-scenes footage and original artwork and photography from the production. “Black Curtain” was filmed in Asheville with the support of nearly 200 volunteer cast and crew members.
About “Black Curtain”
“Black Curtain” is an eight minute narrative directed by Asheville filmmaker Paul Schattel and based on the song of the same name from Lovett’s album Highway Collection. It is the 5th installment in the series from Lovett, who has been working with different directors for the past two years to create interpretations of each song from the album.
Lovett’s previous release for “Ghost Of Old Highways” screened at film festivals in 20 cities across 4 countries, winning 9 awards, including BEST FILM at the Asheville Cinema Fest and BEST SCORE at the Madrid International Film Festival.
“Black Curtain” features a prominently Asheville-based cast and production team which includes Schattel (Director), Shane Meador (Production Designer), Christi Sue Whiteley (Art Director), Anna Stachow (Makeup Artist), and Kelly Denson (Producer).
Complete with elaborate costumes and sets, “Black Curtain” explores wealth and vice in the underbelly of high society during the Edwardian era of the early 1900’s, a time when the elegant upper classes were becoming fascinated with dark and mysterious spiritual activities. The production was filmed at The Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville.
Limited dinner reservations with VIP seating for the event are being accepted. Call the restaurant at (828) 575-2737 to reserve your table for the evening.
Doors will open at 7pm with cocktails in the upstairs lounge and a gallery of themed portraits and photos by Nate Dorn. The debut screening of the evening’s feature presentation will be at 9pm, immediately followed by “The Making Of Black Curtain”. “Black Curtain” leading lady Mandy Lauderdale will close the evening with a performance at 9:30pm.
About Ben Lovett
BEN LOVETT is an artist with a colorful panorama of music credits that range from songwriter and performer to record producer and film composer. He is the founder of the indie record label, Lovers Label.
Lovett’s music has been called “supremely invigorating.” His videos are written about as tours de force. His film scores cross every genre but remain distinctly modern and untraditional.
As a composer Lovett composed original scores for 7 movies in 2012 alone including SUN DON’T SHINE -‐ a Gotham Award nominee and special jury prize winner at SXSW -‐ and Sundance favorite BLACK ROCK, a thriller by the Duplass Brothers starring Kate Bosworth which releases to theatres May 17th.
Previously, Ben completed and released a debut album of original songs entitled, Highway Collection. The album was received with unanimous praise across the indie music spectrum, and earned a nomination at the 2012 Georgia Music Awards. But the songs weren’t the whole story to the album project, and Lovett’s visual contributions to it are no less artistic and compelling- collaborating with a cadre of filmmakers, Lovett set out to create a visual counterpart for each song, providing the creative force at the helm of each: conceiving, coordinating, starring and contributing at every level. The result has catapulted the artist into worldwide viral recognition with each successive release, from the steam-‐punk inspired “Eye Of The Storm” which generated views well into the millions almost instantly, grabbing a 2012 Webby Award along the way, to director David Bruckner’s multiple award-winning take on Lovett’s song “The Fear”, which creatively sculpts a microcosm of society into one shot with over 400 volunteer extras.
About Mandy Lauderdale
Mandy Lauderdale was cast as a featured extra in the film ROADTRIP in 2000 which lead to a principle role on Fox’s Temptation Island in 2001. She was featured on the cover of US Weekly and Jezebel Magazine and had spreads inside Glamour Magazine, Marie Claire, Shape Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and Cosmopolitan and also made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis & Kelly, Howard Stern, and MTV’s TRL with Carson Daly. Mandy became a VJ for MTV in 2001. She hosted The Hot Zone and TRL, co-hosted Carmen Electra’s Hypermix, judged Sink or Swim and Say What? Karaoke, and was featured in 2 Pepsi commercials.
She’s worked on camera with Usher, Mandy Moore, Alicia Keys, Dave Holmes, and many more. An accomplished singer of her own, Mandy released her first LP in 2009, “I Done Done It” and was promptly featured in the books: 400 Years Of Music, Entertainment and Showbiz and The Cabaret World and Who’s Who from 1730 to the Present. She was also awarded “Diva of the Year” by FAMSPA.
Two of her songs, “Mister Stevens” and “Champagne Champagne,” are featured in the film Deeper and Deeper and “Champagne Champagne” is currently being featured internationally in all of the MAC Cosmetics stores.
In 2010 Mandy joined the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Show in the World” tour. Currently, Mandy is starring in a TV show called Rare Remedies, which she created and produces.