Thursday, April 20, 2017

Apply for Arts Education Roster with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Forwarding along this information to our industry professionals on behalf of our colleagues at the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Arts Education Artist Roster
Deadline: May 5, 2017

Coordinator: Julianne Gadoury
Julianne.gadoury@dcr.nh.gov
603-271-0791

The Arts Council invites applications from professional artists in all disciplines who want to work in educational setting with students, educators, administrators and parents to apply for the Arts Education Roster. Interested artists are encouraged to contact the Arts Education Coordinator to discuss their application prior to submitting it.

Teaching artists on the roster are included in:

  • Short and long term in-school and after-school residencies where discipline specific learning in the arts can occur in dance, theatre, media, visual arts, music, poetry, etc.
  • Arts experiences, including in-school performances, as well as field trips to studios, galleries, museums and performances.
  • The achievement of arts education standards and competencies with curriculum based arts instruction in pre K - grade 12.
  • Arts integration throughout all curriculum as a way of engaging all students with a variety of learning styles in the learning process (ex. STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics + the Arts).
  • Professional development in the arts for teachers, administrators, parents and community members.
  • Lifelong learning and creative aging with the arts through community arts events, classes and workshops.

There is no cost to apply. For more information visit https://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/artists/aieroster.htm

Crew Notice: Indie film "Love in Kilnerry" filming in Portsmouth, NH (non-union, deferred pay)

Forwarding along this crew notice from the producers of the indie film "Love in Kilnerry," which is scheduled to film in Portsmouth, NH April 28-May 2 with another anticipated block mid-May. Please note that this project is non-union and deferred pay. Contact the production directly via the email listed below.
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PROJECT: LOVE IN KILNERRY (Feature Film)
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Archway Pictures
www.imdb.com
LoveinKilnerry.com
www.mandy.com
PREMISE: The elderly residents of a small remote town panic when the EPA announces that government mandated changes to their chemical plant could create a bi-product that would greatly alter their behavior. The sheriff struggles to maintain order but mayhem ensues.

LOCATIONS: Portsmouth, NH

PRODUCERS: Kimberly Graham (Casting Office Homeland and Avatar) and Daniel Keith DIRECTOR: Snorri Sturluson PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Tabitha Pease COSTUME DESIGNER: Nikia Nelson UPM: Mary Dougherty (Warner Brothers) WRITER: Daniel Keith DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: J. Eric Camp

RATE: Deferred full union rate based on Gross Revenue, credit on IMdb.com, credit in the film credits, Feature Film experience

POSITIONS:
2nd AD
2nd 2nd AD
Key PA
Key Grip
Best Boy (electric/ lighting experience)
2-3 set dressers
2 wardrobe
Boom Op
2nd Assist Cam
3-4 production PAs (preferably a couple with a drivers license)
2 Camera PAs
3 grips
3 electrics
Props
Location assistant
Stand-Ins

Interested applicants should email loveinkilnerrymovie@gmail.com directly.

Documentary featuring New Hampshire Presidential Primary to screen at Red River Theatres

Spreading the word of this theatrical run at Red River Theatres. Kevin Bowe was a panelist on the "Political Filmmaking in New Hampshire" panel that we presented at the 2016 New Hampshire Film Festival. Read Kevin's full press release below and check out his film.

Contact: Kevin Bowe
978-317-6572
Kevin@story-crafters.com 
Website and Movie Trailer

New Hampshire Presidential Primary Featured in Documentary About Broken Political Information System

New Hampshire Premiere Run Begins April 28th at Red River Theatres in Concord

A documentary movie, Democracy Through the Looking Glass: Media & Politics in the Post-Truth Era, that was filmed during the 2016 New Hampshire Primary is making its local premiere starting April, 28th at the Red River Theatres in Concord, N.H.

“The movie is about our broken political information system and there is no better place to document the interactions of the media, politicians and voters than in the New Hampshire Primary,” said director Kevin Bowe.

“One thing that unites Americans of all political stripes is their dissatisfaction with the media, yet that subject does not get close scrutiny because the media does not cover the media. I did,” Bowe explained.

While the movie’s message is aimed at a national audience, New Hampshire residents will recognize many of the film’s setting and the personalities featured.

Bowe spent nine months embedded with the media covering more than one hundred campaign event and press conferences.  He supplemented his field recordings with expert analysis from veteran CBS Journalist Bob Schieffer, Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory, University of New Hampshire Professor Andrew Smith and others.

“The Primary is a great laboratory to observe what the media decides is news based on how they cover the candidates and events. There certainly is a media bias, but not the kind most people think exists.” Bowe said.

The movie first looks at the shortcomings of traditional media practices that often do not reflect the interests and concerns of voters, before examining the challenges that newspapers and other traditional media outlets face due to technology.

“It isn’t just the technology threatening traditional media like newspapers. Technology is also changing the way we, the consumer, receive and react to news. This in turn impacts how media companies market the news for the ‘anywhere, anytime, anybody' world,” Bowe said.

Equally significant is that technology allows for new, fragmented sources of information.  People are flocking to sites like “InfoWars” on the right and “YoungTurks” on the left, without making the distinction between what is propaganda and what is verifiable truth.

According to Bowe, ultimately the movie is about the natural, but destructive, changes that technology is having on our media, politics and society and the implications for our Democracy.

Democracy Through the Looking Glass starts on April 28, 2017 at the Red River Theaters, 11 S. Main Street, Concord, NH and is scheduled to run for one week.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Casting Notice: UNH Manchester student short film

Students at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester sent along this casting notice for an upcoming short horror film.

Forward on behalf of the student production team at UNH
This is a non-union, UNH student film.
All questions/submissions to at: unhmca515@gmail.com
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In Mama’s Boy (working title), Kacey is a young woman hired by Ann to babysit young Devin while she goes out for the night. She might have bitten off more than she could chew however, because it becomes clear that something sinister is on the property.

Written by Chris Perez & Directed by Johny Lemitelamy, this short film (approx 15 minutes) will be produced by the Advanced Video Production class of UNH Manchester.

The cast list is below.

For audition consideration, please respond to unhmca515@gmail.com with:
Name and contact info
Headshot and resume
Link to an online portfolio (if you have one)
Subject Line of your response should indicate the role for which you would like to be considered, and your name.
Ex. Subject: KACEY: your name
* MINORS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY A PARENT *

All submissions will be reviewed. Production will reach out to those whom they would like to invite to audition.

Auditions are planned for April 20 & 21 in Manchester, NH

Shoot Dates are April 28 - 30 at a TBD location in Southern New Hampshire. Shoot times are TBC, but potentially evening hours.

Compensation: Copy of film, Meals, Gratitude.

Submissions are requested by 9:00 PM, Thursday April 19

CAST LIST

KACEY– FEMALE. 18-25. SPEAKING. ABILITY TO EXPRESS NONVERBAL EXPRESSIONS. ABILITY TO SCREAM AND BE TERRIFIED. DESCRIPTION: ATTRACTIVE AND APATHETIC. KACEY JUST WANTS TO GET HER JOB OVER WITH; KNOWS HOW TO FAKE ENTHUSIASM, SHORT RUNNING SCENE. WILLINGNESS TO SMOKE (REAL CIGARETTES WILL NOT BE USED)

DEVIN – MALE CHILD. 8-12. SPEAKING. ABILITY TO EXPRESS NONVERBAL EXPRESSIONS. MUST BE ABLE TO RANGE BETWEEN TERRIFIED TO TERRIFYING. DESCRIPTION: CUTE, CREEPY, MISCHIEVOUS, AND SLIGHTLY UNDER THE WEATHER. HIDING A SINISTER SECRET. COMFORT WITH SCENE PARTNERS; ABILITY TO TAKE DIRECTION WELL.

ANN – FEMALE. 30-40. SPEAKING. ABILITY TO EXPRESS NONVERBAL EXPRESSIONS. DESCRIPTION: THE KINDA OF PERFECT YOGA MOM WHO SHOPS AT WHOLE FOODS AND IS OVERLY CONCERNED WITH HER SON’S EATING HABITS,

MITCH – MALE. 30-45. SPEAKING. ABILITY TO EXPRESS NONVERBAL EXPRESSIONS. ABILITY TO SCREAM AND BE TERRIFIED. ABILITY TO RUN. DESCRIPTION: EXHAUSTED AND LOST, MITCH JUST WANTS TO GET TO HIS DESTINATION, BUT TAKES A FATAL PIT STOP. SHORT RUNNING SCENE. MUST BE ABLE TO DRIVE

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New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival announces 2017 festival selections

The New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival, a program of the New Hampshire Division of Film and Digital Media, has announced its selections for the 2017 festival program which will premiere on May 20 at Red River Theatres in Concord. The program will screen at additional theaters throughout the state during the summer. More information available at www.nhstudentfilm.com.

66 student-produced short films were submitted for consideration. 24 films have been selected to screen. Congratulations to those selected and THANK YOU to everyone who submitted projects.

The list below is arranged alphabetically by title and does not reflect the order in which the films will be screened at the festival.

2017 Selected Films:

BANKRUPT (4:02, Drama)
Kaitlyn Wilson, Valerie Carino, Rheannon Rodriguez, Julianna Szweda
Salem High School

BISQUE (5:43, Drama)
Briana Demers, Jenna-Rae Macy, Nathanial Magoon, Grace Lumley
Salem High School

BROKE ON LUCK (4:17, Drama)
Devin Norris, Brooke Johnson, Meiyi Chong, Brendan Nault
Salem High School

THE CHEMISTRY OF OBJECTS (5:18, Drama)
Patrick Deary, Ben Hughen, Nick Champey, Ganem McIntyre
Manchester School of Technology

DEAR BROTHER (4:08, Drama)
Chloe Pacocha, Austin Small
Pinkerton Academy

DISCONNECT (3:24, Animation)
Samuel Ebner
Plymouth Regional High School

DONKUMENTARY (3:26, Documentary)
Emily Bailey, Kaelie Huard, Talia Rokes
ConVal Regional High School

DRINKING AND DRIVING PSA (1:00, PSA/Commercial)
Cody Gallant, Caitlin Prince, Aaron Gennaro
Nashua Technology Center

IVY (6:59, Drama)
Johnathan Gabert, Nicola DiTomaso, Grant Mangan, Ash Samuel
Bedford High School

JANIE LIKE NO OTHER (3:04, Music Video)
Emu Haynes
Kimball Union Academy

THE LIFE OF STEPHEN DOMINKO (7:00, Documentary)
Carly Storro
ConVal Regional High School

A MILE IN MY SHOES (6:59, Comedy)
Jill Tokac
Bedford High School

MOURNING DOVE (5:07, Drama)
Ori Evans, Cameron Najafi, Elizabeth Dentzer
Phillips Exeter Academy

PEN PALS (3:52, Drama)
Jessica Moir, Haley Janoff, Zakriah Razzak, Brandon Wiggin
Nashua Technology Center

PIXELS (0:56, Animation)
Katie Dellovo
Souhegan High School

THE PREGNANCY (4:50, Drama)
Jeffrey Lybarger, Lauren Barnes
Cheshire Career Center

RED (3:12, Drama)
Ember Smith, Sam Diorio, Rosie Parrish, James Walsh
Nashua Technology Center

SOMEONE IS WAITING (0:55, PSA/Commercial)
Zaq Rivera, Hailey Hicks
Pinkerton Academy

SPACEMAN (5:34, Drama)
John Morin, Lubomir Rzepka, Ryan Bellarose, Jack Readman
Bedford High School

TOGETHER FOREVER (3:14, Drama)
Sarah Prowker
Nashua Technology Center

TRUNK BUDDY (5:35, Comedy)
Liam Humel, Dylan Durazzano
Pinkerton Academy

WE ARE HERE (4:56, Documentary)
Felix Aran Smith, Morgaine O'Connor
ConVal Regional High School

WHERE THE SOCKS GO (4:52, Comedy)
Chris McElhinney, Catherine Bennett
Nashua Technology Center

WHERE WILL YOUR STORY BEGIN. IT'S TRINITY. AND IT'S YOURS (1:23, PSA/Commercial)
Patrick Dunn, Richard Burleigh
Trinity High School

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wild & Scenic Film Festival screens April 14 at The Music Hall

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented by the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, returns to The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 14 for a seventh celebration of the connection between humans and the natural world. Tickets are $19. For more information, visit seltnh.org or themusichall.org or call 603-436-2400.

Monadnock International Film Festival takes place April 20-23


The fifth annual Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) will take place April 20-22 in downtown Keene, NH at the Colonial Theatre and at the Putnam Theatre on the Keene State College Campus. For the first time, a fourth day has been added on April 23 at the Peterborough Community Theatre for a Best of Fest to screen the audience award winning films and the Jonathan Daniels honored film. MONIFF showcases high quality independent cinema on the festival circuit, both domestic and foreign, along with regionally produced films by New England filmmakers. Guest filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&As after screenings and for panel discussions. In the evenings, networking "after parties" take place at local restaurants where filmmakers and film goers have a chance to mingle and enjoy fine food and drink. For more information, visit www.moniff.org.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Casting Notice: Seeking non-union talent for locally produced "Namaste"

Forwarding this casting notice from Christine Altan:

Seeking Non Union talent for the Independent Film: Namaste

Told through the eyes of multiple couples, a story of interconnectedness unfolds as Chrysta opens herself to the possibility of love. Brief encounters reveal the invisible current that eventually leads to the moment she lays eyes on her future. Interweaving natural elements and surroundings, Namaste takes you on a moving visual journey of loss and love.

Written & Directed by Christine Altan, this short film (approx 10 minutes) will be produced in conjunction with the Shawna Shea Memorial Foundation. The professional crew will include DP Jonathon Millman, an Emmy and Telly award winning cinematographer. https://www.jamillman.com/. The majority of scenes will be shot with a Steadicam.

The cast list is below.
For audition consideration, please respond to altanfilms@gmail.com with:
Name and contact info
Headshot and resume
Link to an online portfolio (if you have one)
Subject Line of your response should indicate the role for which you would like to be considered, and your name
Ex. Subject: CHARLES: your name
* MINORS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY A PARENT *

All submissions will be reviewed. Production will reach out to those whom they would like to invite to audition. Auditions are planned for April 23 in Newburyport MA

Shoot Dates are June 10 - 11 in Exeter NH.

Weather contingency shoot dates include June 9 and/or 12, and will be declared if necessary as timing gets closer.

There will be one rehearsal date (TBD, likely within 1-2 week of the shoot)

Compensation: Copy of film, IMDB credits, Meals.

Submissions are requested by 5:00 PM, Thursday April 13

Christine Altan is a 2016 recipient of the Women in Film Fellowship Award from the Shawna Shea Memorial Foundation, Her bio may be found here: http://www.imdb.me/christinealtan

CAST LIST

CHARACTER (LEAD)

CHRYSTA – FEMALE. 35-40. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. NON-SPEAKING BUT ABILITY TO EXPRESS NONVERBAL DIALOGUE & EXPRESSIONS. DESCRIPTION: ATTRACTIVE. CHRYSTA IS AN INTROVERTED DREAMER WHO HASN'T GIVEN UP ON LOVE; IN TUNE WITH HER SURROUNDINGS AND NATURE; INTUITIVE; LOVES DOGS; SLIGHTLY SHY; FIT. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA; MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH A LARGE DOG; COMFORTABLE WITH GENERAL INTIMACY W/OPPOSITE SEX - ABSOLUTELY NO NUDITY (ONE OF THE SCENES WILL BE COUPLE IN BED, IN BASIC T-SHIRT/TANK TOP & SHORTS, PLAYFULLY WRESTLING - NON SEXUAL.

ALAN – MALE. 35-40. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. SPEAKING; ABILITY TO EXPRESS NONVERBAL DIALOGUE & EXPRESSIONS. DESCRIPTION: HANDSOME, FRIENDLY, SIMPLE MAN WHO IS TRUSTING THAT SOMEHOW, THE RIGHT WOMAN WILL COME ALONG; LOVES DOGS; OBSERVANT; EMPATHETIC. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA; MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH A LARGE DOG; COMFORTABLE WITH GENERAL INTIMACY W/OPPOSITE SEX - ABSOLUTELY NO NUDITY (ONE OF THE SCENES WILL BE COUPLE IN BED, IN BASIC T-SHIRT/TANK TOP & SHORTS, PLAYFULLY WRESTLING - NON SEXUAL; ABILITY TO JOG SHORT DISTANCE.

CHARACTER (SUPPORTING & MINOR)

KELLI – FEMALE. 30-35. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. NON-SPEAKING ABILITY TO EMOTE DEEP EMOTION. DESCRIPTION: LONGS FOR LOVE BUT HASN'T MADE THE RIGHT CHOICES; ROCKY PAST FULL OF HARDSHIP, NOT ALWAYS BY CHOICE. ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

JACOB – MALE. 30-35. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. NON-SPEAKING ABILITY TO EMOTE DEEP HEARTBREAK AND/OR STOIC EXPRESSION. DESCRIPTION: LONGS FOR LOVE BUT CAN'T KEEP A RELATIONSHIP; SLIGHTLY NARCISSISTIC; WOUNDED. ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

CHARLES – MALE. 65-75. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. GRAY/WHITE HAIR. SPEAKING. DESCRIPTION: CLASSY AND SIMPLE MAN WHO HAS HAD A FULL LIFE AND IS CONTENT. ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

CAMILLE – FEMALE. 60-70. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. GRAY/WHITE HAIR. SPEAKING. DESCRIPTION: CLASSY AND SIMPLE WOMAN WHO HAS GIVEN HER TO LIFE TO HER FAMILY; CONTENT. ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

DYLAN – MALE. 25-30. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. SPEAKING. DESCRIPTION: AVERAGE GUY WHO TRIES HIS BEST TO BE A GOOD HUSBAND AND FATHER. NOT TRYING TO BE MR. PERFECT BUT IS COMMITTED TO HIS FAMILY AND CHOICES. COMFORTABLE WITH YOUNG CHILD; WILLING TO HAVE A QUICK KISS WITH FEMALE SCENE PARTNER; ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

CLARA – FEMALE. 25-30. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. SPEAKING. DESCRIPTION: AVERAGE WOMAN WHO IS A GREAT MOM AND GOOD WIFE BUT ISN'T SATISFIED WITH HER LIFE AND STRUGGLES TO BE CONTENT. COMFORTABLE WITH YOUNG CHILD; WILLING TO HAVE A QUICK KISS WITH MALE SCENE PARTNER; ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

HENRY – MALE CHILD. 3-4. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. SPEAKING. DESCRIPTION: CUTE AND TYPICAL ENERGETIC AND SLIGHTLY MISCHEVIOUS TODDLER. ABILITY TO RUN SHORT DISTANCE; COMFORT WITH SCENE PARTNERS; ABILITY TO TAKE DIRECTION WELL.

ARI – (ALREADY CAST) FEMALE. 13-15. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. SPEAKING. DESCRIPTION: YOUTHFUL & BEAUTIFUL WITH AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT; WANTS TO BE IN CONTROL AND LOVES TO PLAY HARD TO GET. MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH BEING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY WITH MALE SCENE PARTNER. ABILITY TO RUN IN SHORT SPRINTS AND PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

CYRUS – MALE. 13-15. CAUCASIAN/AMBIGUOUS. SPEAKING. DESCRIPTION: HANDSOME, NICE KID WHO ADORES ARI. MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH BEING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY WITH FEMALE SCENE PARTNER. ABILITY TO RUN IN SHORT SPRINTS AND PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR – FEMALE. OPEN AGE & ETHNICITY. DESCRIPTION: GENERALLY FIT; PEACEFUL AND SOOTHING VOICE AND DEMEANOR; WELL SPOKEN. FAMILIAR WITH YOGA, DOESN'T NEED TO BE AN EXPERT, JUST INSTRUCTIONAL.

FEATURED BACKGROUND ROLES:

GAY MAN – MALE. 50-60. A partner in a same sex couple (the other partner has already been cast)
OPEN ETHNICITY. CONTENT DEMEANOR. ABILITY TO PERFORM BASIC YOGA.

CHILD – (ALREADY CAST) FEMALE. 9-12. OPEN ETHNICITY. AVERAGE CHILD WHO LOVES ICE CREAM. ABILITY TO FOCUS & TAKE DIRECTION; NO ALLERGIES TO ICE CREAM & CONES.

TAI CHI MAN – (ALREADY CAST) MALE. OPEN AGE. OPEN ETHNICITY. FIT & FOCUSED; PEACEFUL DEMEANOR. FAMILIAR WITH TAI-CHI.

TAI CHI WOMAN – (ALREADY CAST) FEMALE. OPEN AGE. OPEN ETHNICITY. FIT & FOCUSED; PEACEFUL DEMEANOR. FAMILIAR WITH TAI-CHI.

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.