Thursday, May 24, 2018

New Hampshire-based Slate Roof Films to air documentary tonight on VT/NH PBS stations

New Hampshire filmmakers Bryant Naro and Meagan Frappiea of Slate Roof Films ("Brew Hampshire") will air their new documentary, "A Living Memorial," tonight at 7 p.m. on Vermont PBS and at 9 p.m. on NH Public Television.

Read the story via the Keene Sentinel. http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/local-filmmakers-documentary-on-state-veterans-cemetery-to-screen-thursday/article_ae581d23-c16a-5735-a20a-fbfbc8913d45.html

New Hampshire-filmed indie SPIN THE PLATE to screen in Nashua on 5/31

Eric R. Eastman and Tom Anastasi
News from Tom Anastasi at Pack of Dogs Productions:

Pack of Dogs Productions will have a benefit screening of the award-winning film Spin the Plate at Chunky’s in Nashua on May 31 at 7 p.m. Over half of Spin the Plate was filmed in New Hampshire – with many scenes filmed in Nashua, Merrimack and Amherst. Spin the Plate had its premiere in April 2018 at the Boston International Film Festival where Becki Dennis won the award for Best Actress and Eric R. Eastman won a special recognition award for his direction.

Spin the Plate is an independent feature film about a female tattoo artist with a damaged soul and tough exterior, who encounters an awkward, seemingly poor, Bible-touting young man on a Boston city bus. He tries to win her heart, as she battles to heal the wounds of child sexual abuse. Together they seek justice and meaning in their lives, while a romance blossoms between them, but he's hiding something from her.

Spin the Plate was written and produced by former Hollis resident Tom Anastasi and directed by Nashua resident (and former State Representative Eric R. Eastman.) and is based on a novel of the same name by Donna Anastasi.

The screening will be May 31 at 7 p.m. at Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 151 Coliseum Ave. in Nashua. Tickets are required and can be bought 800-838-3006. For more information click on www.spintheplate.com or call Tom Anastasi at 603-620-8553.

Monday, May 21, 2018

New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival announces 2018 winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2018

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
603-271-3136
shelly.angers@dncr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHDNCR

NH High School Short Film Festival announces 2018 winners

The 11th annual New Hampshire Film Office took place at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 19, with up-and-coming filmmakers from around the state taking home prizes in several categories.

Twenty-seven films were selected from 56 entries submitted by students from New Hampshire high schools and career and technology centers. They spanned a variety of film genres, including animation, comedy, drama, documentary and public service announcements/commercials.

Originality, cinematic storytelling and technical execution are the primary scoring elements.

This year’s winners are:
  • Jury Award (Best in Show): “The Waiter”; Briana Demers, Grace Lumley, Nate Magoon; Salem High School
  • Jury Award (Runner up): “The Letter”; Kenny Sullivan, Nick Hurman, Brandon Depew; Pinkerton Academy
  • Jury Award Finalists:
    • “Captain Dab”; Joshua McDevitt, Kellen Sheehan, Tyler McCallum; Nashua Technology Center
    • “God’s Acre”; Brenden Nault; Salem High School
    • “Worthless”; Autumn-Rose Bogdan, Rheannon Rodriguez; Salem High School
  • Public Service Announcement Award: “Drive Safe”; Jeff Lybarger, Myles Ditkoff, Johnny Chavira, Sarah Eaton; Keene High School
The festival is an opportunity for students to have their films seen before the public at a professional venue and for the public to experience the state’s up-and-coming creative talent. For more information, visit nhstudentfilm.com.

Monday, May 7, 2018

New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival set for May 19 in Concord

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2018

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
603-271-3136
shelly.angers@dncr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHDNCR

NH High School Student Film Festival: Concord, May 19

The 2018 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival will take place at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 19, beginning at noon.

The 27 films selected include animation, comedy, drama, documentary and public service announcements. They were chosen from 56 entries submitted by students from New Hampshire high schools and career and technical centers.

Presented by the New Hampshire Film Office, the festival is an opportunity both for students to have their films shown at a professional venue and for the public to experience the state’s up-and-coming creative talent.

The Jury Award Winner for Best Film of the Festival, Jury Award Runner-up, three Jury Award Finalists and the Public Service Announcement Award will be presented at the festival. Originality, cinematic storytelling and technical execution are the primary scoring elements.

“The New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival has grown exponentially – both in size and talent – since it began in 2008,” said Matthew Newton, director of the N.H. Film Office. “It will be exciting to see what the next decade holds as our state’s youngest filmmakers continue to perfect their storytelling skills.”

Tickets are $7 and are available at the door or online at redrivertheatres.org. For more information about the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival, visit nhstudentfilm.com.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Film Office Meeting Selfie: Rick Sweetser and Jayem Lane of K2 Media

(l-r) Rick Sweetser, Jayem Lane, Matt Newton
Producers Rick Sweetser and Jayem Lane of New Hampshire-based K2 Media stopped by the Film Office today to talk about their forthcoming 5-part documentary series, "Opium: A Message of Hope." Sweetser says, "While many large news organizations are featuring stories from a national and international perspective, we are taking a closer, more local approach. We are focusing on families, schools, medical professionals, and others who are searching for new effective solutions to combat this destructive illness." It was a pleasure to sit down with Rick and Jayem, brainstorm about the project, and see where the Film Office can help in the process. The film has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help defray the costs of production, which can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/opium.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

10 years ago MYSTERY TEAM filmed in Manchester, NH

It's been 10 years since the indie comedy MYSTERY TEAM filmed in Manchester, NH, and the latest issue of New Hampshire Magazine marks the anniversary with a behind-the-scenes profile of the movie including updates of where the cast and crew are now. Thanks to Rick Broussard for putting a spotlight on one of New Hampshire's R-rated gems!

Read the article here: http://www.nhmagazine.com/April-2018/The-Case-of-the-Incredible-Mystery-Team/

Thursday, March 15, 2018

North Woods Law: New Hampshire - Conservation Officers in Action

(KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)
New Hampshire television news--great to see the conservation officers of New Hampshire Fish & Game in action!

Read Kimberly Haas' story in the Union Leader here: http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20180315/NEWHAMPSHIRE01/180319521

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Youth Arts Month Exhibit at New Hampshire State Library

There's still time to check out the Youth Arts Month statewide exhibit at the New Hampshire State Library in Concord. The exhibit runs through March, and the New Hampshire Film Office has a table there promoting media arts education and our annual High School Short Film Festival (complete with a screen showing 90 minutes of past festival selections and award-winning short films on an endless loop!) Lots of great student-produced work to see!

For more information about Youth Arts Month in new Hampshire, visit: https://www.nhartslearning.org/youth-arts-month.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

John Gfroerer to present Humanities to Go program, "Television: the Art & Ethics of Manipulation" 3/22 at Amherst Town Library

John Gfroerer (Accompany Video Production) will be presenting his Humanities to Go Program, "Television: the Art & Ethics of Manipulation," Thursday March 22, 7pm at the Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St, Amherst, NH. In the program, John lays out some basics in the art of video production, then uses a variety of video clips to explore the ethical issues of manipulating viewers. It is an interactive presentation with lots of audience participation encouraged. What are the tools used by producers to manipulate their audience, and what are the ethical boundaries of that artistry? Are your ethics the same as your neighbor's? The program is funded by New Hampshire Humanities, and is free and open for all to attend. For more information call John at Accompany, 603-226-3130, or Ruslyn Vear at the Amherst Town Library, 603-673-2288.

Monday, March 12, 2018

New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival: Deadline March 31

Attention New Hampshire young filmmakers! It's Youth Arts Month, and the submission period is open for the 2018 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. Films can be no longer than 7 minutes and can be of 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. More information is available at http://nhstudentfilm.com/ The premiere screening of this year's festival will take place on Sat., May 19 at Red River Theatres in Concord. Now in its 11th year, the festival is presented by the New Hampshire Film Office.