Monday, November 10, 2014

New Hampshire Crowdfunding Update: "BUTTERFLY THIEF" by Olivia Marsh

We've added a new crowdfunding campaign to our website at http://nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm. "Butterfly Thief" is a student-produced thesis project from Olivia Marsh at NYU. Marsh is a new Hampshire native and a graduate from Littleton High School. The project is seeking to raise $5500 by 11/23 via Indiegogo. Olivia writes:

"Butterfly Thief follows the story of a prominent middle-aged butterfly collector living in his loony mother's basement who has been stealing and killing butterfly specimens from a nearby butterfly conservatory. This film features romance, family drama, egocentrism, environmentalism, and butterflies! Surprisingly enough, much of my inspiration came from the oddly comedic small-town antics I witness during my childhood in Littleton, NH."

You can find this and other New Hampshire film crowdfunding projects at http://nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm.

10 new "SWIFT in 60" mini-films showing inclusive educational practices

[From New Hampshire filmmaker Dan Habib, director of the documentaries "Including Samuel" and "Who Cares About Kelsey?":]

Now freely available: 10 new "SWIFT in 60" mini-films showing inclusive educational practices

What does inclusive school transformation look like? The SWIFT team can show you! Filmmaker Dan Habib has just completed 10 short films for the SWIFT Center that portray educational practices in inclusive schools. SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) is a national K-8 technical assistance center for academic and behavioral support that promotes achievement for all students, including students with the most extensive needs.

These 10 "SWIFT in 60" films can be freely viewed on the SWIFT YouTube channel or downloaded from Vimeo. Each film is under two minutes in length and serves as a quick reference for learning and teaching about the core features of the SWIFT framework. Read more about the films HERE.

To learn more about inclusive education reform around the country, be sure to sign up for the
e-newsletter on the SWIFT website, "Like" SWIFT on Facebook, and follow SWIFT on Twitter.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New Hampshire-filmed "The Chain" to screen at the 2014 Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival in Concord, NH

[Happy to hear that the short film "The Chain," filmed in New Hampshire, will screen at the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival in Concord on November 8. Here is their press release:]
The Chain Accepted into the S.N.O.B. Film Festival
The film, shot on-location in New Hampshire, to premiere Saturday, November 8

Boston, Mass., November 4, 2014—Dow Barlow Films and Berube Pictures are pleased to announce the acceptance of the The Chain into the Somewhat North of Boston (S.N.O.B.) Film Festival. The Chain is an independent film based on an original story by Tobias Wolff, a creative writing professor at Stanford University and author of This Boy's Life, Old School, and The Night in Question. The Chain was filmed on location in Concord and Penacook, Derry, Londonderry and Manchester, New Hampshire.

"I am so thrilled that the premiere of The Chain will be at the S.N.O.B Film Festival in New Hampshire," said Noel Dow Barlow, who adapted the story and directed the film. "I came across The Chain when reading The Night in Question, and I immediately saw its potential as a film. I think it's a great character study in how much a person can change by making just a few bad decisions," Ms. Barlow said.

The S.N.O.B. Film Festival will be held Thursday, November 6, through Sunday, November 9, at Red River Theatres in Concord.

"We are honored to begin the film's journey on the festival circuit in Concord, where we spent so much time shooting," said Daniel Berube, producer and editor of the film. "Being a New Hampshire native myself, it was a joy to realize the film here. I want filmmakers to know that New Hampshire is accessible--there is a location for every type of story. The State is rich in history, the people are willing to help at every turn, and filmmakers can find just the environment they are looking for," Mr. Berube said.

The Chain will premiere Saturday, November 8 at 12 noon as part of the "Parent's Voice (Short Block)" in the festival. Tickets are available at: http://tinyurl.com/thechainfilm. More information about the film is available at www.TheChainFilm.com.

Information about the S.N.O.B. Film Festival is available at http://www.snobfilmfestival.com/.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series: "The Digital Democratization of Film" - Nov. 17, 6 p.m.

The next meeting of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series is scheduled for Monday, November 17 at 6 p.m. at NEC Concord, 62 North Main Street in Concord, NH. This month’s topic is "The Digital Democratization of Film."

Democratization of technology is defined as "the process by which access to technology rapidly continues to become more accessible to more people." Has the growth and accessibility of digital technology in production and distribution made it easier (or more difficult) to be a filmmaker? Are there (or should there be) different schools of thought between being a “filmmaker” and simply creating digital content? What does being a filmmaker really mean? This month’s free-form conversation will explore the cultural and industry impact of digital democratization in filmmaking both on a broad scope and at a local level. Come with your thoughts and ideas!

The series is free and open to filmmakers, media production professionals, students and the general public. Attendees drive the conversation and will also have time to network. Future meetings will continue to address issues that affect the state’s film, television and media production community.

Contact the New Hampshire Film & Television Office at 603-271-2220 or film@nh.gov with questions or for more information.

The New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series is presented in partnership with NEC Concord and held on the third Monday of every month.

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.

Social Media Note: You can chime in to the monthly discussion or follow along on Twitter by using #NECfilmchat. Discussions may also be recorded or streamed live. Selfies and other photos are encouraged!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Student TV pilot featured at 2014 International Student Film Festival Hollywood

Students from Keene State College's film production program will have their work featured at the 2014 International Student Film Festival Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA in November. A team of students produced a pilot episode for a television series called "Limbo" as part of their advanced production class. The episode will be shown at the Festival on November 8. You can read more on the production, and view a trailer for the pilot episode, on the Keene State College website at http://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/1412892865080/.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Catalfo wins Best Action Script at Fade In Screenwriting Awards

[News about New Hampshire's own Alfred Thomas Catalfo! Congrats, Freddie!]
Catalfo Wins Best Action Script at Fade In Screenwriting Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA -- "Vulture's Row," a full-length, feature film script written by Alfred Thomas Catalfo of Dover, New Hampshire, was the Winner of the Best Action Script category in the 18th Annual Fade In Awards, a worldwide screenwriting competition sponsored by film industry publication Fade In magazine.

I'm truly honored to have my script selected," Catalfo said.  "The Fade In Awards has a great reputation within the industry as a showcase for well-crafted scripts and up-and-coming writers."

"Vulture's Row" was also the Winner in the Thriller category and Runner Up in the Drama category in the 2014 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, which had 1,511 entries.  The script was the Grand Prize Winner in the Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, and a Top 20 finalist out of more than 2,500 submissions in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.

"Vulture's Row" is based on the novel "Betrayed" by Brendan DuBois of Exeter, New Hampshire.  The story involves a small-town newspaper editor who answers the door in the middle of the night to find a disheveled man who claims to be his older brother -- an Air Force pilot shot down over North Vietnam and reported Missing In Action more than forty years earlier.

Catalfo, an attorney, has written and directed seven short films.  Three of his films recently screened at Boston Comic Con in August while another, "Rocketship," made its New York debut at the Coney Island Film Festival in September.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Casting Notice: Seeking men, 25-45 years old, for national beverage commercial

Dan Bell Casting of Los Angeles (http://danbellcasting.com) is currently casting a paid TV commercial for a national beverage company. Searching for men, 25-45 years old, with a core group of real friends.
Separated from your pack of friends from grade school, high school or college due to work, life, or move? Miss the old days? We want to interview you! 
Email reconnectcasting@gmail.com with the following information:

1. your name, contact info, and email
2. current city/state
3. a fun story about your group of friends and how you are separated
4. please attach a recent photo

Interviews are being conducted via Skype and are happening now, so respond ASAP!
The project will film where Dan Bell Casting finds its group of guys--let's go New Hampshire!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Hampshire Film & Television Office begins monthly discussion, networking meetings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2014

Shelly Angers, NH Department of Cultural Resources
603-271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

NH Film & Television Office begins monthly discussion, networking meetings

The N.H. Film and Television Office has announced a monthly discussion series for media professionals, which will take place at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at New England College’s Concord campus, 62 North Main St.

Speakers at the October meeting include Matthew Newton, director of the NHFTVO, and Jay Doherty, executive director of the Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival. Discussion will focus on film festivals, including SNOB, which takes place in Concord from Nov. 6-9, 2014.

Filmmakers, media production professionals, students and the general public are encouraged to attend the meeting. 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.

“In addition to our industry meet-ups that move around the state, we wanted to provide New Hampshire’s filmmaking community with an ongoing forum that is centrally located in Concord,” said Newton. “We’re pleased that New England College has offered to support this sector of our state’s economy by hosting the series.”

For more information about the NHFTVO’s discussion series, visit www.nh.gov/film.

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and local property owners. The Office is responsible for location assistance, public relations and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call 603-271-2220 or visit www.nh.gov/film.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Hampshire-filmed short "Wired" premieres at Action on Film Int'l Film Festival

[Congrats on the premiere--we're looking forward to hearing more news soon! From the filmmakers:]
Local first-time filmmaker Jordan Mitchell-Love's short film "Wired" had its world premiere at the Action on Film International Film Festival In Monrovia, California this past August.  The film was shown alongside many other well-established filmmakers and actors, including one starring the children of the late David Carradine.

"Wired" is an action short and tells the story of a former secret agent named Ryan Miller, who is living in hiding and is presented to the audience tied to a chair, beaten, and given a choice, one that will decide whether he lives or dies.

Praise was overall positive, with particular emphasis on the film locations, the acting, as well as the cinematography.  "Wired" was a proof of concept film, demonstrating that action movies can have a fleshed out plot and well developed characters.

Mitchell-Love came up with the idea and story due to a desire to showcase his stunt and martial arts prowess.  Mitchell-Love was lead actor, co-writer, producer, and stunt coordinator.  He approached Paul Anthony Rogers of Lynnfield, MA, a long time collaborator, about the project, and the two worked together to write a script.  Rogers was also the director of the film.

Mitchell-Love, an alum of Keene State College in Keene, NH, also asked several of his former classmates to assist in the project, including cinematographer Bryant Naro and Emmy-nominated sound editor Meagan Frappiea of Keene; Samuel Lusted of Manchester as assistant camera; and Dustin Howard of Keene as Key Grip and actor.  Other cast and crew include Andy To (Bethlehem, PA) as stunt choreographer and actor; Julie LeShane (Waltham, MA) for makeup; and Ben Bornstein (New York, NY) as the specialty prop designer.

The goal of "Wired" is to use the film as a proof of concept to gain funding for a television pilot, which Mitchell-Love hopes to film in Northern New England.

"Wired" was filmed during Labor Day weekend of 2013 in and around Bellows Falls, VT and Keene, NH.

For information on how to screen the film or further details, please contact Jordan Mitchell-Love at jordanmitchelllove@gmail.com
Visit "Wired" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wiredthefilm

Visit "Wired" on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3478166/

Portsmouth Short Film Night 10/30, submission deadline 10/10

[From the Portsmouth Short Film Night:]
The next Portsmouth Short Film Night is happening in Thursday October 30 at Portsmouth Public Media, 280 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH and we want to show your film! We’re looking for shorts of any genre (or un-genre) from independent filmmakers interested in screening their film to an audience. That’s why you made it, right? We are particularly looking for films with a spooky feel for our Hallowe'en Special! The night is a free event, open to anyone who enjoys watching shorts and talking film. It’s all about getting filmmakers together to show off their work, have fun, meet like-minded people, and maybe even be inspired. If that sounds like your cup of tea, why not send us your film? To submit, or for more details, head to: http://psfn.filmunbound.com/submissions/ Deadline is October 10. You can like us at http://facebook.com/portsmouthshortfilmnight or follow us @PSFN Thanks!