Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Two documentaries by New Hampshire filmmaker to screen at Red River Theatres

[Received this notice from John Gfroerer at Accompany.]

More New Hampshire Political History At Red River

Two more documentaries produced by John Gfroerer will be showing at Red River Theatre in Concord beginning next week. Two other of Gfroerer's documentaries were shown in March to sold out audiences. The next two are biographical pieces on two of the Granite State's most influential personalities of the 20th Century, Gov. Sherman Adams and newspaper publisher William Loeb. Both showings will be followed by discussions as listed below.

John Gfroerer is the owner of Accompany, a video production company based at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Over the last 20 years he has produced over 30 documentaries with topics ranging from a history of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary to a story about Stanley Steamer automobiles. The most recent Accompany production, released in November, 2008, is titled, "Seven Mornings In Maine."

Thursday April 16, 7:00pm
"ShermanAdams" The Yankee Governor
Followed by a talk with Gov. John Sununu
Sherman Adams was Governor of New Hampshire from 1949 to 1953. He signed into law the bill that created the New Hampshire Presidential Primary as we know it today. In 1952 he used that primary to get General Dwight Eisenhower elected President of the United States. He went on to become President Eisenhower's closest and most trusted staff person at the White House and was considered the second most powerful man in the Nation. In 1957, under the cloud of scandal, Adams was forced to resign. He came back to New Hampshire and in his retirement years founded Loon Mountain Ski Area. Those interviewed include former US Attorney General Herbert Brownell and investigative reporter Jack Anderson, whose reporting led to Adams' resignation. (1990, 55 Minutes)

Thursday April 23, 7:30
"Powerful As Truth"
William Loeb and 35 Years of New Hampshire
Followed by a talk with Gov. Walter Peterson
This is the story of William Loeb, the controversial, powerful, colorful publisher of the Manchester Union Leader. His brash advocacy of conservative politics and his use of newspapers to verbally bludgeon those who opposed him, made Loeb a powerful force. Some say he made Ed Muskie cry. Some say he is the reason New Hampshire doesn't have an income tax. Some say he is the reason Ronald Regan became President. Some miss him. Some are glad he is gone. Love him or hate him, New Hampshire is still feeling the affects of his 35 year reign. (2001, 59 Minutes)

More information can be found at the websites for Red River Theatres and Accompany.