Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April news from New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo

[Every so often, we receive an update from our friend and New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo, and we share it here. Below is an update we received the other day. If you have news you'd like us to share, please send it to us at film@nh.gov.]

Hi Everyone,

I'm thrilled to announce that my new feature script, OIL AND WATER, which I wrote with Morgan Dudley, won the 2015 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition last night for Drama. There were approximately 1,300 entries.  Last year, I won the Action category and was the runner up in Drama with VULTURE'S ROW.  We're truly grateful for this great honor.  OIL AND WATER is a true story in the tradition of Erin Brockovich, Argo and American Hustle.

We just wrapped principal photography on our new short film, A SPLIT TICKET, which I wrote, produced and directed, after a 5-day, 5-location shoot.  A special thanks to my incredibly talented and dedicated cast and crew.  A SPLIT TICKET is a Twilight Zone-ish story based on a true historical incident in which newly-minted congressmen John F. Kennedy (age 29) and Richard Nixon (age 34) travel to Pennsylvania in 1947 where they must make a fateful decision.  The film's Facebook page is www.facebook.com/asplitticket

I'm honored to be one of the 16 screenwriters selected for a PAGE Fellowship at the Stowe Story Labs Writers' Retreat in Vermont in May.  We'll have five days of workshops and one-on-one meetings with industry mentors including David Magee, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Life of Pi.

As always, thank you for your encouragement and friendship.

Best,

Freddie

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Peterborough Community Theatre to Install System for Blind and Visually Impaired Patrons

[From the Peterborough Community Theatre:]

Peterborough Community Theatre to Install System for Blind and Visually Impaired Patrons

Peterborough – In the very near future, blind and visually impaired moviegoers will be able to enjoy films at Peterborough Community Theatre thanks to Descriptive Video Service (DVS) technology. DVS delivers descriptive narration via infrared listening systems sent directly into headsets without disturbing other audience members. The descriptions provide narrated information about key visual elements such as actions, settings, and scene changes, making movies more meaningful to people with vision loss.

In November 2014, Peterborough resident Steve Yerardi approached Peterborough Community Theatre owner Carol Nelson about this technology. Steve’s son, Stephen, is blind and when Stephen wants to see a movie, they have to drive up to an hour away to visit a theater equipped with DVS technology. According to Stephen, "Instead of me relying on my mom trying to interpret the movie and translate to me all in the same moment, this magical invention allowed me to participate equally and independently along with all the other movie goers! If only there were more opportunities closer to home that would allow me to enjoy this experience even more!”.

“When Steve Yerardi mentioned DVS to me, I had never heard of it before and I began looking into the technology and costs associated with it. After learning more about it, I felt it was critically important to provide this service to the blind and visually impaired in our area, especially since DVS technology is only offered at movie theaters in Concord, Hooksett, and Portsmouth,” commented Nelson.

To help offset the cost of installation ($3,000+), Nelson is seeking out donations from various service organizations including area Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Rotary Clubs, and others. “As a small business owner, this is a significant expense to undertake, so I’m reaching out to the community for support. In return, those that contribute towards the DVS system will be acknowledged on the Theatre’s web site, weekly e-newsletter, and on-screen prior to every movie for one full year,” said Nelson. 

“We have a real gap in assistive services in this area of the State and I would love to be able to offer DVS for the blind and visually impaired so they too can participate in a simple activity the sighted take for granted every day. I anticipate having the DVS system installed in time for the summer blockbusters,” continued Nelson. 

The Peterborough Community Theatre is open Wednesday through Sunday. Show times are available 24/7 at 924-2255 and www.pctmovies.com.

Point Society Multimedia Experience Red Carpet Gala in Manchester May 15

[From Beth Brown at the Point Society Multimedia Experience:]

The iconic Hollywood Red Carpet will be rolled out Friday, May 15th at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire to celebrate the launch of the Point Society Multimedia Experience. The exceptionally innovative electronic aspects of the Point Society series invigorates an irresistible stand-alone story line of a secret and elite society where power is up for grabs and the path of humanity is at stake. Point Society creator and creative director Beth Brown explained that this project is privately financed. “Because there are no investors to appease”, she said, “we had enormous creative freedom which allowed us to take risks and ultimately develop a unique product.” 

The May 15th gala is a tribute to the New England Film Community and the many other people associated with this endeavor. The evening features performances on the Red Carpet by Atomic Cirque, a celebrity meet and greet cocktail hour with wine and champagne, an extensive selection of hors d’oeurves, dancing, and the Point Society Launch Presentation which is designed to be interactive with smartphones and tablets. Celebrity guests include Naomi Grossman, Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, Rashaad Santiago, Tyler Green, Kato, Zoe West, Rob Konrad, and Olga Karmansky.  


More information on Point Society at http://pointsociety.dudaone.com.

Northern NH/VT filmmaker meet-up scheduled for May 19

Here's a great networking opportunity for filmmakers in New Hampshire's North Country (and beyond!) Ryan Cloutier of Littleton has started the NEK Filmmakers Group for those interested in making movies in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont--and a meet-up has been scheduled for May 19 at 7 p.m. at Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave. in St. Johnsbury, VT.

The goal of the meet-up is to develop a network of talent in area and be a resource to each other and productions that come from outside the region. If you are looking to:

- find a project to work on (at any production or talent role)
- find cast and crew for your project
- be a contact person/assistant to represent the area on incoming productions
- listen to past experiences from other members
- network with others working at all skill levels
- learn film and video production techniques and tips,

then this meet-up is for YOU! This first meeting is to get people together and get the ball rolling for future meet-ups. The group will discuss the setup the group including structure and scope, frequency of meetings, locations, and guidelines for a productive environment. The meet-up is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Ryan Cloutier at s42lt@hotmail.com.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Preservation Plan Survey

[We're sharing this update from our sister agency, the Division of Historical Resources (which is also within the Dept. of Cultural Resources). Please take a few minutes and participate in this statewide preservation plan survey.]

Every five years the Division of Historical Resources (DHR), as New Hampshire’s State Historic Preservation Office, facilitates the preparation of the statewide historic preservation plan. The plan celebrates preservation success stories, highlights lessons learned, and lays out a vision for preserving our special places over the next five years.

Granite Staters who share their thoughts on the topic of historic preservation in New Hampshire will help set New Hampshire’s strategies and goals for the next five years. 

Please participate by taking this short, 14-question, questionnaire by May 31, 2015: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eaqj074yi7hv6p80/start.  

There are other ways for you to participate in shaping the vision for preservation in New Hampshire – find out more by visiting http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/programs/plan.htm.  

Please excuse cross-postings of this questionnaire announcement! 

Cheshire Career Center students win gold in SkillsUSA New Hampshire, moving on to nat'l convention

[Great news from Jeremy VanDerKern at the Cheshire Career Center at Keene High School! Congratulations to his broadcasting students! We've added their campaign to our crowdfunding page at http://nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm. Jeremy's note is below:]

The Cheshire Career Center in Keene, NH is very proud to announce that Thomas Bunszel, Lauren Blair, Allison Monacelli, and Celia Baybutt have earned Gold Medals in High School Broadcasting through SkillsUSA New Hampshire.  This competition is sponsored by WMUR, and these students plan to enter this exciting industry soon.

This summer, they hope to travel to Kentucky to test their mettle against other state champions from around the country, and they are looking for sponsors to help fund their trip.  

Please help us spread the word.  

And please consider donating a few dollars via http://www.gofundme.com/rfhcx8 

Sincerely, 

Jeremy VanDerKern, M.Ed. 
TV & Film Program
43 Arch Street
Cheshire Career Center
Keene, NH 03431
603-352-0640 ext. 3406

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord High School Film Society presents 2015 CHS Film Festival on May 27

The Concord High School Film Society will be presenting their third annual CHS Film Festival on May 27, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Christa McAuliffe Auditorium of Concord High School at 180 Warren Street, Concord, NH. Admission is free, or you can watch it live on Twitch at http://twitch.tv/chs_film_society. The Festival is being run by CHS students and Film Society presidents Nick Skafidas and Dominic Scotti. Film Submissions are now being accepted--the Festival has no theme, so all types of films are welcome! Deadline is May 13. You can visit the website at http://chsfilmsociety.weebly.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Film news from New Hampshire's Alfred Thomas Catalfo

[We're always happy to share updates from New Hampshire's filmmakers--here's the latest news from our friend Alfred Thomas Catalfo:]
 
Hi Everyone,

Here's our latest film news...

My new feature script, OIL AND WATER, which I wrote with Morgan Dudley, is one of the 7 finalists in the 2015 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition in the Drama category.  Last year, I won the Action category and was the runner up in Drama with VULTURE'S ROW.  OIL AND WATER, a true story in the tradition of Erin Brockovich, Argo and American Hustle, is also one of 24 semi-finalists out of 1,500+ submissions in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition in the Drama category, and one of 26 semi-finalists out of 2,000+ submissions in the Screencraft Screenwriting Competition.  

I'm honored to be one of 16 screenwriters selected for a PAGE Fellowship at the Stowe Story Labs in Vermont.  We'll have 5 days of workshops and one-on-one meetings with industry mentors including David Magee, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Life of Pi.  

Our short film, ROCKETSHIP, is now being featured inflight on Virgin Airlines.  My screenplay for ROCKETSHIP was the runner up in the Cinequest Film Festival Screenwriting Competition in the Shorts category.  

Our next short film, A SPLIT TICKET, which I'm writing, producing and directing, will go before the cameras in April.  A SPLIT TICKET is a Twilight Zone-ish story based on a true historical incident in which newly-minted congressmen John F. Kennedy (age 29) and Richard Nixon (age 34) travel to Pennsylvania in 1947 where they must make an eventful decision.  We have a fantastic cast and crew and are very excited about our latest adventure.  The film's Facebook page is www.facebook.com/asplitticket if you'd like to Like it.

As always, thank you for your encouragement and friendship.

Best,

Freddie

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series at NEC Concord: April 20 at 6 p.m.

This is 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, April 20, 2015, 6 p.m.
New England College Concord, 62 N. Main Street, Concord

Topic: "The Risks and Rewards of Film Racing"

The popularity of competitions focusing on creating short films in a limited amount of time has increased over the last few years, and so has the rise of risks and liabilities associated with them. Writing, shooting, and editing a film in the span of 48 or 72 hours can be an amazing team-building exercise and a crash course in cinematic creativity. But is it also opening the door to unconventional and unsafe production practices? We will take a look at some of the different competition formats, hear first-hand experiences, and explore both the benefits and impacts of filmmaking at a sprint. Come with your 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.