Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Hampshire Screenplay Reading Series to present FREEBIRD

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, in partnership with Red River Theatres, will present a reading of the original screenplay FREEBIRD written by Hilary Weisman Graham, on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at Red River Theatres in Concord, as part of the ongoing Screenplay Reading Series.

FREEBIRD tells the story of a 16-year-old punk rock princess who becomes an unlikely teen bride when she marries a boy she despises in order to escape living with her parents. In addition to winning the 2009 NH Film & Television Office Screenwriting Competition, the script won first place in the 2008 Silver Screenwriting Competition and was the Grand Prize Winner in the 2008 Script P.I.M.P. Competition.

The reading of FREEBIRD, which will be directed by New Hampshire filmmaker Adam Jones, will be followed by a discussion with Graham, Jones, and the cast.

The Screenplay Reading Series showcases new motion picture scripts read live by actors before an audience, followed by Q&A, creating a unique movie-going experience. The series focuses on the craft of cinematic storytelling, long before a frame of film is shot, and is dedicated to fostering a forum where screenwriters can hear their words come to life and network with actors, potential film investors, and other artists involved in filmmaking.

The Screenplay Reading Series accepts screenplays for consideration on an invitation-only basis and screenplays must have an emphasis on New Hampshire, either in their setting or their potential to be filmed in the Granite State. The screenplays are read in an intimate setting at Red River Theatres and can last anywhere between ninety minutes to two hours.

With three screenplay readings held throughout the course of a year, audiences have the rare opportunity to "listen" to a film script, take part in a dialogue with the writer afterward, and hear the artistic conversation that happens "behind-the-scenes."

Tickets are $8 ($6 members) and are available at the Red River Theatres box office or online. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Information on the Screenplay Reading Series can also be found here.

We also encourage you to bring in a non-perishable food item for the New Hampshire Food Bank when you attend this event. The New Hampshire Film & Television Office and Red River Theatres support the Culture Cares program through the Department of Cultural Resources. To learn more about how other cutural organizations are participating, click here.