Thursday, February 4, 2016

ADVISORY: New Hampshire Primary coverage in Manchester - ROAD CLOSURES

ADVISORY: NH PRIMARY NEWS COVERAGE IN MANCHESTER - ROAD CLOSURES

From the Manchester Police Department:

NH Primary News Coverage - Increased traffic on Elm Street. Lane closure Franklin Street and Market Street Feb. 4th to Feb. 10th

The Manchester Police Department would like to advise you that there will be an abundance of NH Primary news coverage that will be starting Thursday, February 4, 2016 until Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Expect an increase in pedestrian traffic on Elm Street in the area of the Radisson Hotel and Veteran’s Park.

On Sunday, February 7, 2016, the Manchester Police Department start a “Lane Closure” in the area of Franklin Street and Market Street to facilitate a temporary broadcast studio to cover the NH Primary. The closure will begin at 8 a.m. and continue through Wednesday, February 10.

Market Street will be restricted to one lane eastbound from the area of Canal Street to Franklin Street. Franklin Street will be restricted to one lane southbound from Market Street to Middle Street. There will be periodic “Full Road Closures” during designated times. There will be Manchester Police officers on site to assist.

Friday, October 9, 2015

New Hampshire Governor Hassan, DRED Launch Second Annual What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest

In order to engage New Hampshire students and to encourage them to learn about exciting and interesting career opportunities in advanced manufacturing, Governor Hassan and Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose are launching the second annual What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest.

Through partnering participating schools and local manufacturers to produce a video focused on career opportunities in manufacturing, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest is designed to introduce middle school students to careers of the future in advanced manufacturing and what they can do to prepare for them.

"By participating in this video contest, students will come to understand the importance of manufacturing firsthand and how a career in manufacturing helps families across the state expand their opportunities," Governor Hassan said. "Students can learn about how interesting and exciting these jobs are, lessons that I hope they will pass on to their peers so that this critical industry can continue to thrive and create good jobs for years to come."

In the video contest's first year, 12 middle schools across the state produced 13 videos. Fairgrounds Junior High School in Nashua took first place, followed by North Hampton School and Pittsfield Middle School. To view last year’s winning videos, visit https://www.youtube.com/user/NHEconomy.

"In the first year of the contest, middle school students from around the state created some engaging and informative videos that highlighted their interest and curiosity about advanced manufacturing," Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said. "The contest was a great introduction to the people and processes who manufacture great things right in their hometowns."

Students and advisors can work with local manufacturers on their video starting now through the February 2 project deadline. Teachers interested in participating can get more information on partnering with a local manufacturer, as well as video contest rules, at http://www.nheconomy.com/videocontest/ or by contacting Christopher Way, deputy director, Division of Economic Development at 603-271-2341.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

From New Hampshire screenwriter Dana Biscotti Myskowski: Some stories need prompting

Received this blog post from our friend and New Hampshire screenwriter Dana Biscotti Myskowski late last week. I was slow in getting this online here prior to the screening (sorry, Dana!), but the story is still worth telling (and, Dana, we'd love to get your thoughts on the short film now that you've seen it!) This post is featured on Dana's blog at http://greenchairpictures.blogspot.com. ~ Matt

Some stories need prompting

Looking forward to traveling to UMASS Amherst tomorrow night to see the debut of "Prompt," a short film based on the screenplay I wrote earlier this year.

The script was selected as one of five shorts filmed as part of the Women Only Project sponsored by Counterfeit Cow Productions. The parameters of the original call for screenplays was one location, two to four women characters, and five pages max. Scripts also had to be penned by women.

Because the project was women-centered, I felt it was a safe place to share my story of when I was raped as an undergrad, became pregnant, and had to make a difficult choice that was right for me at the time.

When the call for entries landed in my inbox, this type of story had made the news once more. Frustrated as I listened to the call for restrictions on women's choices and freedoms yet again, I decided it was the perfect time to dramatize some of what had happened to me. It is my hope that in sharing my story I may help someone get the mental help they need in a timely manner, instead of suffering in silence for years.

And now I look forward to seeing the screen story unfold in which a radio interview with the imagined me plays in the background, giving a young co-ed the strength to confide in someone. No one should have to go through this sort of thing alone, which is why I am also pleased to attend the screening with my BFF. Films are better with friends. Especially debut screenings of your own short stories.

Read "Working as a Script Supervisor for the Movie 'Prompt'" HERE

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Russian Film Crew Visits Somersworth, NH and Berwick, ME

[From Jennifer Soldati at the Somersworth Chamber of Commerce:]

The local communities of Somersworth, NH and Berwick, ME will be the focal point for a Russian documentary film project that will tell the story of an American couple who became legendary during their thirty years in the Russian city of Vladivostok.  Frederick Shenstone Pray of Somersworth married Eleanor Lord of Berwick, and together with Frederick's sister and brother-in-law (the Smith's), they moved to Vladivostok, Russia in 1894.  Their purpose was to open an American store that sold products from the United States.  They originally intended to stay for only five years, but circumstances changed, and they remained in Russia for the next thirty plus years.  The four Americans are buried in Somersworth's Forest Glade Cemetery.

While living in Vladivostok Eleanor Pray wrote numerous letters to family and friends, two thousand of which are now preserved in the Library of Congress. Eleanor wrote vividly of both ordinary days and the extraordinary historic events that she witnessed (including wars and revolutions).  Her letters have preserved parts of Vladivostok's history that had been forgotten or suppressed.  To acknowledge her work, on the Fourth of July, 2014, the Mayor of Vladivostok (a city of nearly 600,000) unveiled a bronze statue of Eleanor Pray.  The City is planning a small museum in her honor in the former home of the four Americans in the center of the city overlooking the harbor.

Birgitta Ingemanson, who will be traveling with and assisting the Russian film crew during their stay, has written and edited several books based on the Eleanor Pray's letters.  Birgitta is a Professor Emerita from Washington State University and an expert on Russian history and culture.  She and the well-known Russian film maker, Sergey Mayorov, hope to meet with descendants of the two families along with members of the Old Berwick and Somersworth Historical Societies.  They also plan to visit the two family's homes; the Pray's lived at "Echo Farm," now known as Malley Farm in Somersworth, and the Lord's lived at "Elm Wold" on Sawmill Hill in Berwick.  The film crew will be in New Hampshire and Maine from October 7th – 13th.  Somersworth's Mayor, Dana Hilliard, will attend a tribute to the four Americans at Forest Glade Cemetery on Thursday, October 8th at 11:00 a.m., and the public is welcome to attend.

Monday, September 7, 2015

News from New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo - September Edition!

[We're always happy to receive updates from New Hampshire filmmakers! NH's own Alfred Thomas Catalfo is so good at sending us regular updates--here is his news for September:]

Hi Everyone,

Here's our latest film news...

Our short film, ROCKETSHIP, has just launched online as part of the 7th Online New England Film Festival, a 45-day event sponsored by NewEnglandFilm.com.  This is the first time ROCKETSHIP has been available on the net.  The Online Festival features short films representing every New England state that have been screened at festivals across the region.  Views=Votes so please share and enjoy!  Here is the link...

http://newenglandfilm.com/festival_film/2015/rocketship

The Online New England Film Festival has also selected 6 of the 36 films in the competition to be screened at the 10th Annual ITVFest in Dover, Vermont.  We're happy to announce that  ROCKETSHIP is one of the 6 films chosen for the special event screening on Saturday, September 28, at 12:30 PM.  The ITVFest is a four-day, entertainment industry festival that brings together over 1,000 filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers, Hollywood executives and film fans.  Sponsors include HBO, Starz and CBS.

My daughter Gina Catalfo Nelson's first short film, SIGNING, which she wrote, directed and edited, is having a great film festival run. SIGNING premiered in June at the film industry showcase festival Dances With Films, sponsored by powerhouse talent agencies CAA and ICM and held at the TCL (Grauman's) Chinese Theatres in Hollywood.  The screening was packed and the film received a tremendous response.  On July 28, SIGNING had a sold out screening at the Woods Hole Film Festival on Cape Cod where it received another enthusiastic reception. There is a lot of excitement about the film and we will announce upcoming screenings, including a local premiere, in the near future.

We are currently in post-production on my latest short film, A SPLIT TICKET, a Twilight Zone-ish story based on true events, in which young congressmen John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon travel to Pennsylvania in 1947 where they must make a fateful decision.  It will be released in 2016.

As always, thank you for your support and friendship.  Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend!

Best,

Freddie

Friday, August 14, 2015

New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival Tour: Next Screening 9/16 at O'neil Cinemas in Epping

The next stop of the 2015 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival Tour will be at O'neil Cinemas at Brickyard Square, 24 Calef Highway in Epping, NH at 6:30 p.m.

“We love hosting festivals that support local filmmakers,” says Jen Conley of O’neil Cinemas. “They’re a great way to bring the community together and to highlight young local talent.”

Launched in 2008 and presented by the New Hampshire Film & Television Office, the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival has become one of the marquee film festivals in the state, fostering interest in filmmaking, encouraging media arts education in schools, and rewarding future members of the industry for their craft. This year, the Festival goes on the road, screening at theaters around the state. Tickets for the O'neil Cinemas screening are $7 at the door on on the O'neil Cinemas website at http://oneilcinemas.com/new-hampshire-high-school-short-film-festival.

Twenty-five student-produced short films were selected for the 2015 Festival and will be showcased to moviegoers and aspiring young filmmakers during the two hour event. For more information about the Festival, visit http://nhstudentfilm.comPlease note: Some of the films presented may contain subject matter that may not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series at NEC Concord: September 21 at 6 p.m.

Summer is over and we're back on a regular schedule for our monthly event with varying speakers and topics related to media production in New Hampshire. Filmmakers, media production professionals, students and the general public are encouraged to attend. In addition to the discussion portion of the evening, attendees will also have time to network. Future meetings will continue to address issues that affect the state’s film, television and media production community.

Next Discussion: Monday, September 21, 2015, 6 p.m.
New England College Concord, 62 N. Main Street, Concord

Topic: "Open Lines, September Edition"

We've taken the summer off--so let's get together and catch up! The fall film festival season is upon us in New Hampshire and it's a great time to talk film! The Film & Television Office has updates to share, and we want to hear about yours. Come with your news, thoughts, and ideas!

Food Note: Since our discussion series takes place during the early evening hours, we invite you to take advantage of what downtown Concord has to offer! Grab some coffee or a quick bite before our event, or gather some new friends from the discussion and continue the conversation over dinner at one of the establishments along Main Street. Click here for restaurant information from the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce website.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Call-for-Filmmakers: Looking for NH filmmakers to produce web content

Calling all NH filmmakers! Met with Dan Beckmann from PCA last week. He's looking for filmmakers to produce short web content focusing on New Hampshire. Filmmakers will be paid. Below is the info he's asked me to share. ~Matt
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Programming Corporation of America (PCA) is rebuilding local programming across the country. Our management team comes from ABC News, Current TV, Vice, Rollingstone, Vocativ and others and are now focusing on building out New Hampshire. Distributing through well-known commercial outlets like WMUR, we are working with local filmmakers to produce web series by New Hampshire for New Hampshire. We are presently looking for filmakers, producers and editors immediately to supplement our established network.

Please contact Dan Beckmann at dan@pca.io for more information. Please send links to your work.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Call-For-Entries: New Hampshire shorts wanted for MainStreet Warner Film Festival

MainStreet Warner of Warner, NH is hosting a short film festival made up of projects from around New Hampshire. Scheduled for August 15 from 4-10 p.m., the festival will be held at The Stage, an outdoor amphitheatre at Jim Mitchell Community Park. Short films (under 30 minutes) must be created by a New Hampshire-based film group. Local bands are encouraged to submit music videos of original music. videos must be from 3-6 minutes long. Regular deadline is June 30 with a late deadline of July 31.

To submit a film, visit https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MainStreetWarnerFilmFest

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival Tour: Next Screening 6/30 at Peterborough Community Theatre

The second stop of the 2015 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival Tour will be at the Peterborough Community Theatre in Peterborough, NH on June 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Launched in 2008 and presented by the New Hampshire Film & Television Office, the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival has become one of the marquee film festivals in the state, fostering interest in filmmaking, encouraging media arts education in schools, and rewarding future members of the industry for their craft. This year, the Festival goes on the road, screening at theaters around the state. Tickets for the Peterborough screening are $5 at the door.

Twenty-five student-produced short films were selected for the 2015 Festival and will be showcased to moviegoers and aspiring young filmmakers during the two hour event. For more information about the Festival, visit http://nhstudentfilm.com. Please note: Some of the films presented may contain subject matter that may not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised.