Thursday, April 2, 2009

New documentary "Shooting Beauty" by George Kachadorian and Courtney Bent

The New Hampshire Film & Television Office has been in contact recently with New Hampshire filmmaker George Kachadorian of Durham who, with the help of his photographer wife Courtney Bent, has finished the new documentary Shooting Beauty. George sent us an e-mail with information about the film and has allowed us to share that e-mail with you. Also included are two links to New Hampshire media coverage of Shooting Beauty.

Press links:
4/2/2009: Portsmouth Herald
3/21/2009: Foster's Daily Democrat


Hello again Matthew:

I wanted to let you know a very special film project that's beginning to hatch from its nest here in NH...

For many years, my wife and I have been working on a labor of love-- a project designed to bring photography to people living with significant cerebral palsy and other disabilities. My wife started the award winning educational project, and I have spearheaded the creation of a documentary about the project.

We have just received word that the documentary, titled "SHOOTING BEAUTY: Everyone deserves a shot" has been selected to kick off the 2009 Full Frame Film Festival. It will be screening in the same slot that the Academy Award nominated "WAR/DANCE" played in last year at Full Frame.

From there, we are presenting the film at the IFP/Phoenix Film Festival where it is one of 10 films in competition (going up against fiction and non fiction films) then it's on to IFFBoston where they are booking us for a Sunday night show (4/26) in their largest venue- the 900 seat Somerville Theater.

Meanwhile we are getting e-mails from across the country as people find out about the film-- through our facebook page and soon to be launched web site: (where we have a placeholder page up at the moment-- full site launching soon).

We are in communication with Easter Seals of NH, the United Cerebral Palsy people, and other organizations who are showing us a lot of support.

Now the game for us is to get the word out. We need to drive people to our Facebook "group" and web site-- both places people can sign up for our mailing list.

Here's the Facebook page (be sure to play the trailer at the bottom of the page):

We have an article in this month's Art New England and are expecting a feature story in the April, as well as upcoming stories in Foster's Daily Democrat and some other NH papers.

I'm curious if the NH Film office can help us get the word out? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. One former state senator who attended a fundraiser in Portsmouth announced to the crowd after the screening of the rough cut that the film should be "required"
viewing for all legislators. Numerous educators have told us that they believe that every student should see this film. And that is our long term goal-- to get this fun, lively, non-narrated and emotionally powerful movie in front of as many kids as possible-- of all ages!

I'm attaching some info and a couple of pics-- enjoy!


George Kachadorian
Director, Extra Sensory Pictures
Durham, NH