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!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Casting Notice: Londonderry High School students seeking actors for "Doritos Crash The Super Bowl Contest" Ad

[From Cindy and Nick, video production students at Londonderry High School. Replies can be sent to Karen Robinson, instructor, at krobinson@londonderry.org.]
We are looking for an actress and actor as a couple for our 30 second commercial. The story line is that the couple is having a romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant eating spaghetti and meatballs. They are just about to kiss with a piece of spaghetti in between their lips when the lady notices a Doritos bag. She ditches her boyfriend to eat the Doritos leaving him all alone with the spaghetti.  We will shoot in the South Londonderry, however,We still need to confirm our location. We do not have a budget for paying the actors but we will pay them in a nice Italian dinner after production is complete. We are planning to film on October 18th.
Interested parties can respond to Karen Robinson, instructor, at Londonderry High School at krobinson@londonderry.org

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Casting Notice: Seeking non-union male for principle role in New Hampshire short film

PRINCIPAL ROLE: NON UNION MALE, EARLY TO MID 30s, HANDSOME, BROWN HAIR, PREFERABLY BROWN EYES in a psychological drama short film. JOSEPH is the husband to ROSE (played by Christine Hunt) and father to 10-year old JOY. JOSEPH is a loving husband and father but is challenged by his wife's increasing instability. Role will require an emotional depth and range. Needed for dates in mid/late October, early/mid November and possibly December. Will work around actor’s availability. Total of 3-4 shoot dates, mostly Sundays, no weekdays. Shoot locations mainly in Seacoast, NH. Copy, credit, meals.  Please send headshot, resume, website and reel if available, availability for Sundays in October and November to christinehunt1676@gmail.com CC: jasonssanto@gmail.com with Subject Line: JOSEPH.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Catalfo short "Slam Man" featured at 2014 Online New England Film Festival

[From New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo:]
The New Hampshire short film comedy SLAM MAN is now live as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival!  SLAM MAN is a faux infomercial about a mechanical boxing robot shot entirely in New Hampshire with a local cast and crew. The Online NEFF showcases short films from around the globe screened at, and recommended by, festivals across New England. SLAM MAN has been screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival, Boston Comic Con and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Here's the link... http://newenglandfilm.com/festival/2014/slamman

Friday, September 19, 2014

Manchester, NH's Heartwood Media wins two Telly Awards


[Congrats to our friends at Heartwood Media!]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Conroy
(603) 665-9191

Heartwood Media Garners Two More Telly Awards
PerkinElmer and NH Ball Bearings Videos Win Big
[MANCHESTER, NH]- Film has the Oscars, TV shows have the Emmys, and TV commercials and corporate video have the Tellys – and Heartwood Media has just been awarded two more.

PerkinElmer’s “Making A Difference” video and New Hampshire Ball Bearing‘s “Oscimax” piece both garnered awards.

“It’s a thrill every time our work is recognized,” said Chris Conroy, Creative Director of Heartwood Media. “We get great feedback from our clients, but to have your work judged as some of the best by your peers is an honor.”

The Telly awards, which were founded in 1978, honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The awards showcase the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, and television stations in all 50 states and many foreign countries.

The winning productions can be viewed online at http://vimeo.com/heartwoodmedia/videos or on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/heartwoodmedia

Kids & teens acting workshops with Bethany Constance and Boston Casting

[Received this workshop opportunity for actors from Bethany Constance:] 

[UPDATE (9/26): Dates have been changed.]

BETHANY CONSTANCE, in conjunction with BOSTON CASTING, is offering acting classes for kids & teens in Portsmouth, NH!

Take classes at Boston Casting without the commute to the city!

Kids Acting for Film & TV (ages 7-11)
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm ($69)

Teen Acting for Film & TV (ages 12-17)
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm ($139)

Instructor: Bethany Constance, LA/New England Talent Manager


Four-Week Session: Mondays, October 20 – November 10, 2014

Location: iOS Building (downtown Portsmouth) 155 Fleet St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

In this four-week class, we’ll teach you what it means to be an actor. 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.

REGISTER HERE:
Media Performance Institute at Boston Casting, 617-254-1001 x4, www.mediaperformanceinstitute.com