Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Catching up with New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo

[We're always happy to hear about what filmmakers in New Hampshire are doing, and we love sharing that news with you! Here's an update we received from New Hampshire's Alfred Thomas Catalfo:]

Hi Everyone,

Here's our latest film news...

• Two of our short films are Official Selections of the 18th Rhode Island International Film Festival, August 5-10, 2014, an Academy Award-qualifying festival for Best Short Film.

• MOONLIGHT BAIT AND AMMO, an animated graphic novel I wrote and co-directed with Marc Dole, will be screened on Saturday, August 9, at 2:15 p.m. at the 1,900-seat Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The Vets), 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI.

• SLAM MAN, a faux infomercial about a boxing robot I wrote and directed, will be screened on Friday, August 8, at 12:15 p.m. at the Metcalf Auditorium, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence.

• As last year's winner of the RIIFF Screenplay Competition, I will be on this year's screenwriting panel at RIIFF's acclaimed ScriptBiz program on Friday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m. at The Rhode Foundation, 1 Union Street, Providence.

• Our short film ROCKETSHIP is an Official Selection of the Knoxville Film Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee, September 11-14, 2014, sponsored by Regal Entertainment Group, Land Rover and the Tennessee Film & Music Commission.

• The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, one of the world's top ten screenplay competitions, just announced that my feature script VULTURE'S ROW, a collaboration with Brendan DuBois, is a Quarter-Finalist (top 10%) after the first two rounds of competition. There were 6,079 entries.

Thank you so much for your support, encouragement and friendship.  It is truly appreciated.



[Send us your news! Email us at film@nh.gov.]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Film/TV Composer Mason Daring to moderate panels at PARMA Music Festival in Portsmouth

The second annual PARMA Music Festival will be taking place August 13-16 in Portsmouth, NH. The Festival will feature local and international acts, varying in genre from classical and jazz to electronic and rock to indie and folk. With a wide and diverse range of events from live music, to panel discussions, to visual arts, to a children's event, this year's Festival will bring together a wonderfully diverse crowd to perform, collaborate, and listen.

What's new this year? Bob Lord, CEO of PARMA Recordings, weighs in, "Everything about the PARMA Music Festival is expanding beyond what we did in our inaugural year. There are more concerts, more venues, more music - an outdoor waterfront concert for children at Prescott Park Arts Festival, a concert and composer/performer discussion at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, a special event at the Dance Hall in Kittery, and much more. With the great reception we received for last year's Licensing panel at the Music Hall Loft, we've expanded that to include two different panels - on music in advertising and video games."

And local filmmakers take note: The panels will be moderated by Mason Daring, longtime film composer for filmmaker John Sayles.

For more information about the Festival, visit http://www.parmamusicfestival.org.

You can also read about the Festival in this piece from SeacoastNH.com: http://bit.ly/1tT3mmc

New Hampshire Crowdfunding Update: ARTHUR VS. ARTHUR by Jay B. Childs

We've added a new NH crowdfunding campaign to the Film & Television Office website: ARTHUR VS. ARTHUR, a documentary from Jay B. Childs of Portsmouth. The project is seeking to raise $75K by 8/23 on Kickstarter. Jay writes:

"We are raising funds towards the cost of producing a documentary film about the Demoulas Family of Lowell, MA and the Market Basket chain of grocery stores that the family has owned for generations. The story is one of an immigrant realization of the American dream combined with an epic family business feud worthy of a primetime television soap opera. The story is a metaphor for the tension between two starkly contrasting business models, facing off within the same company - within the same family."

You can find this and other New Hampshire-based crowdfunding projects here: http://www.nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm. Support local film!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Casting Notice: Male comedic actors needed for Dartmouth-Hitchcock video campaign

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s video production team is casting male comedic actors, ages 25-35, for three short videos for an internal communications campaign.  The style of the videos will be very akin to the old Mac vs PC Guy commercials by Apple.  Actors must be able to play with the provided material and ad lib where appropriate.  Auditions to be held in early August.  Shoot date is August 27th in White River Junction, VT with rehearsal dates TBD.  This is a paid gig.

Please send head shots and information to:

Attn:  CASTING c/o Video Production Services
1 Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

UNH filmmaker appointed to Obama’s Disability Committee

[Our congratulations to Dan! Here's the press release from the University of New Hampshire:]
DURHAM, N.H. - President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Dan Habib, project director and filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (IOD), to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, the White House announced.

Habib, the project director of the Inclusive Communities Project at the IOD, directed the award-winning film “Including Samuel,” a documentary about his family’s efforts to include his son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in all facets of their lives. Habib’s latest film, “Who Cares About Kelsey?”, documents the life of a student with emotional and behavioral challenges and the innovative educational approaches that help her succeed.

“The president’s appointment of Dan to this important committee is testament to Dan’s unwavering commitment to issues related to disability and the national impact of his work,” said IOD director Charles Drum. “His passion and talents will undoubtedly be significant contributions to the committee.”

Established by President Johnson in 1966, the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) aims to ensure the right of a “decent, dignified place in society” for people with intellectual disabilities. The PCPID promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their respective communities.

The committee’s duties include advising the president and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concerning the following for people with intellectual disabilities:
  •     Expansion of educational opportunities;
  •     Promotion of homeownership;
  •     Assurance of workplace integration;
  •     Improvement of transportation options;
  •     Expansion of full access to community living;
  •     Increasing access to assistive and universally designed technologies.
“I am confident that these outstanding men and women will serve the American people well in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” said President Obama of Habib and the eight other committee appointees he announced in a White House Press Release.

Habib, a former photography editor of the Concord Monitor, received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the NEA (National Education Association) New Hampshire in 2012 and the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities in 2013. He lives in Concord.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Casting Notice: Extras needed for indie feature "Thinking With Richard"

[This is another casting notice from New England Models Group (NEMG) in Manchester. This one is for paid extras.]
NEMG is casting 75 NON UNION EXTRAs for a SAG Ultra Low Budget Project Filming in Southern NH.  Please read thoroughly, and only reply if interested!

Talent do NOT need to be with NEMG, they can be from other agents or NO Agent at all … this is a non commissioned booking.

Thinking With Richard is a romantic comedy with a twist.  Part of the movie takes place in the real world, while the other part of the movie takes place INSIDE the mind of the characters.  There is a "council" of characters inside the mind of the lead Male and the lead female.  The councils debate, argue, and strategize in coordination with what the characters are doing.  Think "Herman's Head" Meets "American Pie" 

NO Audition Required for EXTRAs – Photo Pull ONLY
Must be minimum age 18 to 25/30 for Scene 1; age 25-55 for Scene 2
Director will review Headshots received (Resume if you have one for consideration)
Extra Rate:  $50.00 will be paid on set to each talent (4-6hr timeframe)

Scene 1 will shoot in Restaurant/bar in Manchester NH
Seeking:  After work Thursday night crowd. 
If hired, booking Timeframe will be 10am-4pm.
Pay rate: $50.00/per person flat (paid on set)
Must be available for one or two of dates below:
Sunday August 3; or
Monday August 4; or
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 

Scene 2 will shoot in Bedford NH
Seeking EXTRAs for Banquet Scene (Cocktail party dress) ballroom (ages 25-55)
25 EXTRAs needed timeframe 7pm – 1am.  This is a night shoot!!! 
Pay rate:  $50.00/per person (will be paid on set)
Must be available for Friday evening, August 8, 2014.

If INTERESTED in either SCENE 1 or 2 and AVAILABLE, please email headshot with resume to reception@nemg.com (BE SURE YOUR FILENAME IS YOUR NAME … EXAMPLE JOHNSMITHRESUME.JPG & JOHNSMITHHEADSHOT.JPG) along with the following information ASAP;

Contact number:
Scene 1 or Scene 2:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  You will be notified as soon as the Director has reviewed all talent.

NEMG Staff

Casting Notice: Day Players for New Hampshire indie feature "Thinking With Richard"

[Received this casting notice from New England Models Group (NEMG) in Manchester, NH:]
NEMG is scheduling Day Player Role Auditions for a SAG Ultra Low Budget
Project Filming in Southern NH;

Talent do NOT need to be with NEMG, they can be from other agents or NO
Agent at all … this is a non commissioned booking.

*Thinking With Richard* is a romantic comedy with a twist. Part of the
movie takes place in the real world, while the other part of the movie
takes place INSIDE the mind of the characters. There is a "council" of
characters inside the mind of the lead Male and the lead female. The
councils debate, argue, and strategize in coordination with what the
characters are doing. Think "Herman's Head" Meets "American Pie"

*Audition Date (with Director): Monday, July 21st*
Audition Time: TBD if approved
Audition Location: NEMG Studio, Manchester NH

Seeking 2 SAG Day Players (SAG Ultra Low Budget Rate, Sides Available)

Booking Date (SAG Day Players): EITHER Monday July 28 or Tues 29, 2014
Role 1 Father (White Male Mid 50s or older. Non union actors welcome to
apply – sides provided)
Role 2 Father's Younger Girlfriend. (The Girlfriend any nationality, late
20s. Non union actors welcome to apply)

Seeking 2 NON UNION COUPLE Day Players (1-2 lines/no Sides $100.00/day Non
Union Rate)

Booking Date (NON UNION COUPLES, 2 Lines): Friday, August 1, 2014
Role 1 Husband (any nationality) 25-55
Role 2 Wife (any nationality) 25-55
Role 3 Older Husband (any nationality) over 45
Role 4 Younger wife (any nationality) under 30

If interested and available for dates noted, please email your headshot
with resume to reception@nemg.com (be sure the filenames have your info; example JOHNSMITHRESUME.jpg & JOHNSMITHHEADSHOT.jpg) along with the following

Contact number:
Role Submitting:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. You will be notified as soon as the Director has
reviewed all talent if he would like to see you for audition.

Thank you!

NEMG Staff

New Hampshire Crowdfunding Update: MONIFF 2015 Community Challenge

The Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) in Keene, New Hampshire is looking to raise $15K by 8/13 as part of their MONIFF 2015 Community Challenge on Indiegogo. The organizers write: 
"MONIFF aims to become a healthy, sustainable, long-lasting non-profit. In order to do that, we need to diversify our funding sources, shared between both corporate contributors, and individual members. Many hands make light work. We want you to share in our success by supporting this vital effort to bring great films to the Monadnock region. In order to kick off our Membership campaign, we are crowd-funding our first $15,000 of our $160,000 cash budget. In addition, we will work hard partnering with local companies to raise our $200,000 in-kind budget."
We've added their campaign to our crowdfunding page where you'll find other running film campaigns as well: http://nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm. Support local film (and the local festivals that love them!)

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Hampshire Crowdfunding Update: SPIN THE PLATE by Eric Eastman

SPIN THE PLATE, and independent feature from actor/director Eric Eastman, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The film is seeking to raise $15K by September 6. Eric writes:
"Our film is a daringly honest account of one woman’s shattered past as a child sexual abuse victim, and the dramatic journey she ultimately undertakes to discard the mental, emotional, and spiritual scars, which she has borne throughout her nearly thirty years of life."
The film is currently in production and filming in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. You can see this campaign along with others on our crowdfunding page at http://nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm.

New Hampshire Crowdfunding Update: HAUNTED by Katie Ennis

HAUNTED, a short film by Katie Ennis, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and is seeking to raise $15K by August 13. This paranormal drama will be filming at Star Island in September. Katie writes:
"Haunted is a ghost story, mixed with comedy and existential crisis. Deviating from the traditional supernatural thriller, Haunted is about being drawn to life’s greatest unanswered questions. I think what fascinates everyone is the question behind ghosts, which is; what happens when we die? People find it difficult to accept things on faith, they love proof: proof that our consciousness will go on once our bodies are six feet under. If ghosts are real, the answer is yes."
Fractured Atlas is a fiscal sponsor for the project, so your contributions are tax-deductible. You'll find this and other New Hampshire-based crowdfunding campaigns on our website at http://nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm.