Friday, January 30, 2015

DRED Releases Marketing and Advertising Agency Services RFP

DRED Releases Marketing and Advertising Agency Services RFP

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) is announcing the procurement process is underway for marketing and advertising services to assist the Department in achieving its mission, vision and goals. The Department’s current contract with the Agency of Record expires on June 30, 2015. In accordance with New Hampshire RSA 21-I:II, I (a)(2) the state is required to seek competitive bids as part of the procurement process.

The full RFP can be found at www.visitnh.gov/rfp.aspx

ABOUT THE DIVISION OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
The Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state. The division is responsible for domestic and international advertising and public relations, literature publication and distribution, www.visitnh.gov administration, grant administration and research to monitor and measure the impact of travel and tourism to the state. For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit www.visitnh.gov.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Hampshire's Mark Constance on DGA Award-nominated directing team for OLIVE KITTERIDGE

[Congrats to New Hampshire's Mark Constance on his third DGA director's team nomination!]

Mark and Bethany Constance will be flying to Los Angeles to attend the Director’s Guild of America awards on February 7, 2015. Constance was the Key 2nd Assistant Director on the film "Olive Kitteridge" which is nominated for Best Director (Lisa Cholodenko) in a Mini-Series by the DGA. The HBO project stars Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray and was shot entirely on the North Shore of Massachusetts. This is the 2nd year in a row that Mark Constance has been part of a DGA Awards nominated director’s team. In 2014 he was the Key 2nd AD on the feature film "Captain Phillips" which was directed by Paul Greengrass. Constance was also nominated with the directors team for the DGA Award in 2000 with Director Spike Jonze for "Being John Malkovich"

Friday, January 9, 2015

Call For Entries: NATAS-Boston/New England Student Awards

Attention high school/college video production students and media arts educators!

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter has opened its call for entries for the 2015 Student Awards for Excellence. Nominees would be invited to the regional Emmy® Awards in May. Deadline is Feb. 13. Further information can be found in the links below:

http://newenglandemmy.org/files/2012/11/2015-High-School-Awards-CFE.pdf

http://newenglandemmy.org/files/2012/11/2015-College-Awards-CFE.pdf

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Hampshire documentary filmmakers producing FOOD FIGHT - INSIDE THE BATTLE FOR MARKET BASKET

[From JBC Film Group and CrossCurrent Communications:]

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2015
 
Media Contact  
Melissa Paly
603-502-0798
 
Documentary filmmakers producing 
FOOD FIGHT – Inside the Battle for Market Basket
 
Portsmouth, NH – While much of New England watched the revolt at Market Basket play out in headlines and on newscasts through the summer of 2014, Jay Childs had a unique view of the drama. The Portsmouth NH-based documentary filmmaker spent the summer behind the lens of his camera, following the twists and turns, the hope and frustration, the anger and passion of thousands of workers and customers who rallied to bring back Arthur T. Demoulas, the ousted CEO of the successful supermarket chain. Childs, of JBC Film Group, together with producing partner CrossCurrent Communications, is now turning all that emotion and footage into a documentary film called FOOD FIGHT – Inside the Battle for Market Basket.
 
"I just sensed this could become a big story", says Jay Childs of the summer's events. "I had been paying attention to what was going on at Market Basket and cultivating sources since the fall of 2013 when heightened tensions within the company first became public, so when Athur T. and then the senior managers were fired in June, I decided I was all in on following the story. " Childs was at every news event, rally and encampment throughout the summer, estimating that he shot 38 of the 49 days of the rebellion. "The workers took to calling me 'the guy that just kept showing up'".
 
"It sure wasn’t an 8 to 5 job", says Childs of his summer gig. When the Market Basket board accepted Arthur T.'s buyout offer, Jay was on location in Tewksbury at 2am to capture the pent-up excitement of warehouse workers and truckers arriving and eager to get back to work. And the shooting continues – he has been following the build-out and opening of new stores in Revere, Waltham and soon Athol, and traveled with a group of Market Basket executives to Washington DC to film Thomas Perez, US Secretary of Labor, giving a talk at the National Press Club about lessons learned for labor and business. To get a broader perspective on the unusual alliance between executives, workers and customers, Childs is interviewing a range of academics, political figures and journalists.
 
FOOD FIGHT is a co-production of JBC Film Group and CrossCurrent Communications, a Portsmouth-based media production, public relations and communications strategy company. Producer Melissa Paly says 'CrossCurrent Communications is excited to be working with Jay to tell the Market Basket story – it's obviously a big story locally and regionally, but what it says about the relationships between businesses, employees, customers and communities reaches all across the country." The project's fiscal sponsor is the Center for Independent Documentary, a non-profit organization that has collaborated with filmmakers to produce hundreds of films about compelling cultural and social issues since 1981. 
 
Jay Childs, Melissa Paly and their team are excited to finish the shooting and dig into the editing phase of the documentary. To carry the project through the next few months, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign that closes on January 11, and have already raised support from more than 400 people who are as riveted by the Market Basket story as they are. 
 
To make a tax-deductible contribution to FOOD FIGHT, visit www.kickstarter.com and search for FOOD FIGHT. To learn more about the project, visit www.foodfightfilm.com.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series: "New Year's Resolutions in Film" - Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

The next meeting of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series is scheduled for Monday, January 19 at 6 p.m. at NEC Concord, 62 North Main Street in Concord, NH.

This month's topic is "New Year's Resolutions in Film." It's a brand new year, and many of us are setting new goals and looking ahead to new challenges and endeavors throughout the course of 2015. What are your New Year's resolutions? Will you approach development, production, or distribution of your projects differently this year? Are you looking to connect and work with new people around the region? Has 2014 changed your outlook upon the film industry for the better or worse? What do you see ahead for 2015? 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.

Casting Notice: Short film seeking young John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon

[Casting notice from New Hampshire-based filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo:]

Casting Young John F. Kennedy (age 30) and Young Richard Nixon (age 34) for High-Profile Short Film

We are casting the leads for DICK AND JACK, a Twilight Zone-ish short film about JFK and Richard Nixon which takes place in April of 1947, three months after they first became Congressmen. Kennedy is 30.  Nixon is 34. Photos of them at that time can be seen at http://www.catalfo.com/dick-and-jack. The story is based on a true historical incident. The film will be shot over four days (or two consecutive weekends) in March in New Hampshire. SAG and non-SAG actors are welcome. Deferred pay. Our prior films have been in prominent festivals, one made Entertainment Weekly's 'Must List' and another was recently picked up by a major airline for worldwide distribution. Pro crew. Award-winning writer/director.  Please email headshot, resume and link to reel to: dickandjackcasting@gmail.com

7th Annual New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival set for March 19-29

The 7th Annual New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival will take place March 19-29, 2015 presenting a compelling line up of films from around the globe in 7 New Hampshire cities statewide- Manchester, Bedford, Merrimack, Portsmouth, Keene, Concord and Hanover.

The New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival is a highly anticipated annual event on New Hampshire’s cultural landscape. This signature program is created and presented by Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, its valued corporate and individual sponsors, Friends of the Festival and attendees. It is the organization's largest statewide cultural program of the year.

The New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival brings to New Hampshire an eclectic mix of films from the US, Israel and around the world to engage, educate and entertain our audience in the day-to-day realities of modern Jewish culture, understandable to people in all walks of life.

The mission of the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival is to build a statewide audience by showing New Hampshire audiences an extraordinary slate of curated films, the very films that are shown in major Film Festivals worldwide.

For information on the Festival, please go to www.jewishnh.org or call 603-627-7679.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Acting for the Camera Classes offered by Bethany Constance starting Jan. 26

a713production's Bethany Constance will again be teaching Acting for the Camera workshops through Boston Casting. The classes are being held at the IOS Building, 155 Fleet Street in Portsmouth. Bethany writes:

This is the class you need to take if you want to get into on-camera acting. With all the new films, television shows, commercials coming into Boston you’d better be comfortable in front of the camera.  Through improv exercises, film, tv, and commercial script work, and mock auditions, students will learn all that goes in to being an actor, from character creation to scene study and beyond. Students will learn script analysis, character relationships and development as well as vital ‘insider’ skills to working in front of the camera.  As an actor, it is important to understand everyone’s role on a film set, so you will also get the chance to play director and casting associate during a mock audition. Students will also learn proper audition etiquette, how to approach cold readings, how to market themselves as actors, and how to give multiple deliveries for various scripts.

Classes:

Kids Acting for Film & TV (Portsmouth)
http://mediaperformanceinstitute.com/2014/09/13/kids-acting-for-film-tv-portsmouth/

(ages 7-11)

Instructor: Bethany Constance, LA/New England Talent Manager
Six-Week Session: Mondays, January 26 – March 9, 2015
*No class 2/23 for school vacation week
Time: 4:15pm – 5:45pm
Price: $199

Teen Acting for Film & TV (Portsmouth)
http://mediaperformanceinstitute.com/2014/09/13/2918/

(ages 12-17)

Instructor: Bethany Constance, LA/New England Talent Manager
Six-Week Session: Mondays, January 26 – March 9, 2015
*No class 2/23 for school vacation week
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Price: $249

About the Instructor:

Bethany Constance, is a partner with her husband Mark in the production company, a713production. Bethany is a talent manager for a713production and is a partner in the Los Angeles based management company, Piper Kaniecki Marks Constance.

Bethany represents New England based clients, Anthony O’Leary who co-starred as Drew Walker in the star studded film, “The Company Men”, directed by John Wells, playing the son of Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck). He can also be seen in the AT&T commercial “The Silent Treatment” and is represented nationally by Don Buchwald & Associates. Hannah McEachern, also represented by Don Buchwald & Assoc., starred in the film “Bleeder” and featured on TV shows “The Bronx is Burning” and “Discover Me”. Lucas Ardagna, co-star of the films “Three Weeks to Daytona”, and “The Mulberry Tree”. Lucas is represented nationally by CESD).

She founded Academy Management and represented talent in film, television, commercials, voice over, and print for over 10 years before relocating to the east coast. Bethany discovered Sara Paxton, “Aquamarine” and the Discovery networks, “Darcy’s Wild Life” and Alexander Gould, the voice of “(Finding)Nemo” and co-star of Showtime’s “Weeds”. Some of her other clients have starred with Robert DeNiro, Sandra Bullock, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, and George Clooney. Her company developed young talent through her acting school, which was on the referral list of top Hollywood agents and Casting Directors.

Bethany graduated from the Syracuse University Drama Department with a BFA. She studied in London with professors from LAMDA and RADA. She is an alumni of the William Esper Studio, Lee Strasberg Institute and the Manhattan Theatre Workshop. She produced, cast, and acted in a number of off-off Broadway shows.

Bethany has been interviewed on television programs such as Entertainment Tonight and E! regarding her expertise in the young talent market. Various trade papers including The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Wire, Imagine Magazine and NH Magazine have done numerous featured cover articles on her and a713production.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series: "Open Conversation" - Dec. 15, 6 p.m.

The next meeting of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office Discussion Series is scheduled for Monday, December 15 at 6 p.m. at NEC Concord, 62 North Main Street in Concord, NH.

This month is an “Open Lines” conversation—where YOU bring the topic. Do you have a film-related question for the group? Maybe you have a thought or an idea you would like to share? Whether it’s about production, what’s happening in film in New Hampshire, or a good movie you’ve seen recently—anything goes. Start a topic or just join in on the discussion. Let’s just have some fun and talk film!

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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Hampshire Crowdfunding Update: FISH & MEN

Now on our New Hampshire crowdfunding page, FISH & MEN, a documentary by Darby Duffin and Adam Jones. The Kickstarter campaign is seeking to raise $25,000 by December 31, 2014. They write:

"For centuries, cod fed the world and built our nation. But today, the iconic American fisherman is caught in a perfect storm of foreign competition, erratic regulations, increasing costs and declining fish stocks. As scientists struggle to count fish, and conservationists attempt to save them, America's oldest fishing community - Gloucester, Massachusetts is dying. Fishermen are losing their livelihood and even their homes. Last year, NOAA imposed a historic cut to the cod quota -- a 78% catch reduction. Then, on Nov. 10, 2014 -- the U.S. government closed the Gulf of Maine. FISH & MEN explores the forces threatening our commercial fishing industry and depicts how our choices as consumers impact markets and drive change. Finally, we hope the solutions featured in this film will spark a movement to improve food safety, save jobs and protect the marine environment."

You can find this and other New Hampshire film crowdfunding campaigns on our website at http://nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm.

The direct link to their Kickstarter campaign is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fishandmen/fish-and-men-a-documentary-feature-film.

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