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.

Support local film!

New Hampshire Crowdfunding Update: FOOD FIGHT - INSIDE THE BATTLE FOR MARKET BASKET

We've just posted a new campaign to our crowdfunding page. FOOD FIGHT - INSIDE THE BATTLE FOR MARKET BASKET is a documentary film being produced by Portsmouth-based Jay B. Childs of JBC Films and Melissa Paly of CrossCurrent Communications. They are seeking to raise $50K by January 11.

They write: "This is an exciting and important project about an historic corporate battle The New York Times described as "the last stand for the middle class." One film crew has been on the ground for over a year covering the story. Please consider contributing to our project and help us spread the word!"

Visit this and other NH-based crowdfunding campaigns on our site at: http://www.nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm.

The direct link to the campaign on Kickstarter is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/323618710/food-fight-inside-the-battle-for-market-basket

Support local film!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Casting Notice: Female "Nurse" day player needed for New Hampshire short film

FEMALE "NURSE" 30s-40s DAY PLAYER ROLE IN SHORT FILM: Casting for role of "NURSE" in psychological drama short film. This character and scene will provide somewhat of a  "comedy relief" in an otherwise serious scene, lightening the mood for a moment. Nurse is energetic, care free, friendly, maybe a little sarcastic. Improv experience a plus. Great opportunity to build your resume and work with some talented cast and crew.  You have to be available DECEMBER 14th, scene will take no more than an hour or two. Shooting on Seacoast NH. Copy, credit, meals. Accepting submissions immediately. Please send Headshot, Resume, and link to reel if any to Subject Line: NURSE to christinehunt1676@gmail.com cc: jasonssanto@gmail.com.

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.