Friday, March 24, 2017

New Hampshire Film Rundown: High School Fest, "The Heroin Effect," MONIFF, DRAFT Fest, NH Jewish Film Festival



Okay, lots of cool New Hampshire film stuff happening over the next couple of weeks! Let's rundown through the list:

MARCH 31 – Submission period closes for the 2017 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. Are you a New Hampshire high school student who has a kickin’ short film no longer than seven minutes? You’ve got until March 31 to submit it for consideration into this year’s fest. Selected films screen in May at Red River Theatres in Concord and other cinemas around the state through the summer. Visit www.nhstudentfilm.com for rules and submission info.

MARCH 30 – Screening of “The Heroin Effect” 7 p.m. at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. If there’s ever been a socially relevant film right now in New Hampshire, it’s this one. Directed by Michael Venn and produced by Karlina Lyons, this locally made documentary  focuses on the heroin and opioid crisis, and how as a community we can begin to tackle it together. There will be a discussion following the film. Tickets and information at http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/the_heroin_effect.

MARCH 30 – Monadnock International Film Festival Public Launch Party, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at “the Hive” event space in the Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury Street, Keene. Appetizers, beer and wine will be served. Trailers will be shown from some of the dozens of films that will be screened at the festival from April 20-23, 2017. Several items will be raffled off, including MONIFF Film Passes and complimentary passes for two to the Colonial Theatre, the Community Theatre, and Keene Cinemas. Info at www.moniff.org.

Now thru APRIL 2 – The New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival is running now at select theaters in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Manchester, Merrimack, and Portsmouth. On APRIL 2, the festival will be screening “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” at 12:30 p.m. at Red River Theatres in Concord. The film provides a fascinating and humanistic account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson, a talented couple once considered the heart of Hollywood. New Hampshire Film Office director Matt Newton will host a post-film discussion on the production process and will be joined by Dr. Mel Prostkoff, a close friend of the Michelsons who will provide personal insight into the couple. Info at www.nhjewishfilmfestival.org.

APRIL 2-8 – The inaugural DRAFT Festival (Derry Regional Ales & Films Together). Brought to you by the organizers of the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord, the DRAFT Fest is a unique event where craft beers are paired with screenings of craft films (an amazing idea guys!) Screenings and tastings will be taking place together at various venues in Derry/Londonderry throughout the festival. For more information and a list of participating films and breweries, visit www.draftfestnh.com.

If you have upcoming film news you want us to share, send us an email at film@nh.gov.

Friday, March 3, 2017

MONIFF Announces 2017 Jonathan Daniels Award Winner

From the Monadnock International Film Festival in Keene, NH:

MONIFF Announces 2017 Jonathan Daniels Award Winner

KEENE- The Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) will present its prestigious Jonathan Daniels Award to Beth Murphy for her documentary film, What Tomorrow Brings.  The award honors filmmakers whose work shines a light on social responsibility and celebrates selfless acts. Local hero Jonathan Daniels was a Keene native and seminarian activist who sacrificed his life during the Civil Rights movement in 1965 to save the life of a teenage black girl, 16-year old Ruby Sales.

The Jonathan Daniels Award night is the highlight of the annual festival and will be presented after the film screening at the Colonial Theatre, Saturday, April 22nd. Last year’s recipient was New Hampshire native Brian Oakes who directed the documentary, Jim, The James Foley Story, about his boyhood friend.

Raised in Connecticut as the daughter of two teachers, Murphy’s film explores the impact of the first-ever girls school in a traditional Muslim village in rural Afghanistan. The school opened in 2009 amidst much skepticism and apprehension, especially from the male village elders. Their support was reluctant and conditional in the first years.

But hearts and minds can change, and Murphy said the changes were greater and faster than she ever imagined. “My mother was the first in her family to go to college, and it meant that I would go to college. I know how education can change people’s lives, but I didn’t know what to expect in Afghanistan.”

Despite facing obstacles of extreme poverty, the Taliban, and forced child marriages, every single girl who enrolled that first year in school graduated. “I’ve always believed in the power of education, but the impact of education in Afghanistan is even more notable. Before this school, the girls only saw a life of servitude for themselves. Now they see so much more,” Murphy said. Some of the girls hope to continue their studies and become doctors and teachers.

Murphy and the school’s founder Razia Jan knew that the village elders’ attitudes had to change to make things better for the girls. And change they did; there has been an enormous cultural shift in less than a decade. The same men who tried to keep the girls school from ever opening, attended the first high school graduation in 2015. And they stepped forward last year to lay the first stones for the women’s college that the village is building right next to the girls K-12 school. Fathers who use their thumbprints to sign their names, are proud of their daughters who speak and write English, as well as their native language.

“It takes courage for these girls to go to school each day, but school has given them confidence and hope and imagination of what else is possible,” Murphy said.

Information about film festival passes and program schedule can be found at moniff.org.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Call-for-Entries: 2017 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival

Attention New Hampshire young filmmakers! The submission period is open for the 2017 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. Films can no longer than 7 minutes in length and can be any genre. Projects can be made either as part of a school project or independently. The festival is open to anyone currently enrolled in a New Hampshire high school (grades 9-12) or homeschooled (ages 14-18). There is no cost to submit a film for consideration. Deadline is March 31. Submission forms and more information is available at http://nhstudentfilm.com. The premiere screening of the festival will take place on Sat., May 20 at Red River Theatres in Concord. Now in its 10th year, the festival is presented by the New Hampshire Division of Film and Digital Media.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Casting Notice: Non-Union Commercial for a Neuro Rehabilitation Service

Forwarding along from an email notice:

Casting Non Union Commercial for a Neuro Rehabilitation Service

Shoot date:  ​Monday March 13th 2017
Submission deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017 by 6PM
Email Submissions to: BetweenGigsCasting@gmail.com
(Submission Materials: Headshot or Current Photo(s), Resume, Acting Reel (if available) )
Shoot Location: TBD either in Portsmouth, NH or Manchester, NH. Interior location only.

Seeking:

1. ​"Mom", Female, Age late 40's early 50's . Talent should be able to portray a range of face expressions and reactions.​
2. "Son", Male, Age 20-23 years old . Talent should be able to portray a range of face expressions and reactions.​

Role Details:
No Dialogue.  A VO talent will narrate the spot.

Usage: TV broadcast​ ​in regional Maine / NH area (possible spillover in border states) for up to one year. First party usage rights only, meaning if someone else wants to air it besides the  ​client ​ Goodwill location ​, then there will further negotiation with the client and the talent. Usage includes posting on Goodwill's web area for indefinite duration.

Talent Rate: $600 for up to 10 hours, plus $60 per hour after 10 hours. Web use included.
Plus:  Out of state travel stipend of $50-$75. Lunch included.

Talent Restrictions: No ad campaign exposure in the Maine/New Hampshire market over the past 12 months.

​Concept: Mother looks on as son hangs a photo with care in their living room. Voice over talent will speak to the son's recovery after suffering a serious concussion.

Please Note: This project will be cast from materials submissions. A good quality selfie/candid photo is better than an outdated professional headshot. If your photos and/or reel are not current, please do not submit to this project

Friday, February 24, 2017

Casting Notice: Auditions for independent horror film in North Conway, NH

Passing along this casting notice that crossed my desk. The filming will take place in North Conway, NH. ~Matt Newton

Film Title: Ridge Creek

Description: A horror film about an older sibling taking care of his younger brother after the loss of his parents and balancing his responsibilities of work and college. When his brothers behavior worsens more and more he becomes convinced his brother has been possessed. This slowly drives him closer and closer to the edge. A film not just about a horror story but about two brothers dealing with grief.

Director: Luke Santos

Roles Available: Looking for a Caucasian boy, around 11 or 12, innocent looking and shy.

Compensation: Not paid, lodging and catering during the shoot are provided. Non-union.

Auditions: Any actors interested should email a video of them reading the monologue (click here for the attachment), a headshot (if available, school pictures are fine), contact information, and a short description of their experience acting (plays, larger productions, professional work, etc.) to ridgecreekcasting@gmail.com

Deadline is March 3rd.

The shoot dates are the weekends of March 25-26, April 1-2, April 8-9, April 22-23, April 29-30. Dates can be flexible if an actors schedule doesn't allow for a weekend. Production will pay for a motel for the actor and family to stay in on Friday and Saturday nights.

If there's any questions please contact Luke at lukesantos122@gmail.com.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Casting Notice: Music lovers wanted for FOX Network's new game show "Beat Shazam" with Jamie Foxx

Casting Notice: Music lovers wanted for FOX Network's brand new game show "Beat Shazam," hosted by Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx. "Beat Shazam" is a music game show testing contestants' music speed on how fast they can name a tune. If they make it to the end, they'll have a chance to face off with Shazam for a the grand prize. The show is looking for teams of two who are music lovers and who have a wide knowledge of music in many different genres. Check out the flyer by clicking on it here or visit beatshazamcasting.com.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Hampshire documentary "Getting There" to be shown on NHPTV on 2/23

"Getting There,"  a documentary on how blind people navigate the built environment will have its television broadcast premiere on NHPTV (Channel 11) on Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m.  This film by Matt Frost is sponsored by the NH Planners Association and Plan NH.  It features the stories of many visually-impaired people from throughout Northern New England and describes how community design that’s good for blind people is also good for everyone else.  For more information, see www.gettingtheredoc.com.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

For Sale: Peterborough Community Theatre

The Peterborough Community Theatre (PCT), New Hampshire's oldest movie theater at 102 years young, is available for purchase.

PCT is fully digital, features descriptive video service for the blind and visually impaired (one of only 4 theaters in NH offering this service), and seats 95; with all new seats installed in June of 2016.

The theater has a strong and established relationship with the local community of nearly 25,000 residents in the surrounding area, known for its vibrant arts culture and home to both The MacDowell Colony and the Peterborough Players. Voted one of the Best Local Movie Theaters by "Keene Sentinel" Readers' Choice Awards 2016, PCT features first-run movies as well as a variety of documentary screenings, many with local and nationally known guest speakers.

Serious buyers only may contact the owner, Carol Nelson, at 603-924-7145 or movies@pctmovies.com

Friday, January 27, 2017

NH Industry News: NEMG Agency in Manchester Launches Voice-over Division

Send us your industry news at film@nh.gov

NEMG AGENCY IN MANCHESTER LAUNCHES VOICE-OVER DIVISION

NEMG Agency in Manchester NH has hired Jonathan Noury-Elliard to head up the agency's new voice-over division. Their current talent database includes regional and nationwide voice-over talent for:

- Live Events
- Voice-Over Acting (character/animation)
- Commercials
- Narration
- Youth (child and child/teen)
- Radio Spots
- Telephone Answering Machines

Please feel free to reach out to Jonathan directly at 603-624-0555 x103 or via email at talentbooker@nemg.com. You can also check out NEMG's new website which includes clips of their top-tier voice-over talent at www.nemg.com.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Casting Notice: Cooking Teams Wanted for Gordon Ramsay's new show "The F Word" on FOX

Casting Notice: Cooking Teams Wanted for Gordon Ramsay's new show "The F Word" on FOX:

Now casting Gordon Ramsay's new show "The F Word" on FOX--looking for teams of four who love to cook and want to compete for cash!

FAMILY: (siblings, parents, in-laws, cousins, spouses, grandparents, children 18+, etc.) FRIENDS: (shared hobby, childhood friends, frat/sorority, etc.) CO-WORKERS: (teachers, fire dept., police, military, sports, medical field, etc.)

Apply at www.thefwordcasting.com

If you'd like to see what you're getting into, watch clips of the UK "F Word" here: www.youtube.com/user/theFword

Feel free to share this with anyone you might think would be interested.