Thursday, September 1, 2011

Telluride By The Sea in Portsmouth Sept. 23-25

Save the Date!

The Music Hall Presents
Telluride by the Sea
September 23-25, 2011
Six Movies. Three Days. One Weekend Festival of New Cinema!
At two locations: the Historic Theater and Music Hall Loft
Now in its 13th year
Portsmouth Loves Film!
Patron/Weekend Passes on sale now
Film titles announced & individual film tickets
on sale noon Friday September 2, 2011

“It’s not often we Northern New Englanders can beat our brethren in
bigger metropolises to the cinematic punch!”- Port City Life Magazine

Portsmouth, New Hampshire…Six films fresh from their debuts at the 38th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado will be on screen at The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire as Telluride by the Sea gets its 13th year under way Friday, September 23 until Sunday, September 25. In keeping with the tradition, film titles will be announced, and individual film tickets will go on sale, over Labor Day weekend – noon Friday September 2, 2011. Patron and Weekend Passes are on sale now.

According to Chris Curtis, Programming Coordinator for The Music Hall, “We are again in store for a sensational weekend – a three day festival of film, food, and fun in a place that the Miami Herald recently named, ‘New England’s most appealing city.’ It’s such a great time of year - everybody on staff gets involved with the festival - a total team effort. And, it’s great to see the whole town energized. It’s clear - Portsmouth loves film!” So why buy the pass rather than just the individual film ticket? Curtis continues, “When many buy their pass, they don’t know yet what the films will be and this is part of the mystique and magic. It is a testimonial to the quality of films we get for Telluride by the Sea. It’s the anticipation - not knowing what you are buying, but having innate confidence that it will be worth it, based on previous years of experience. But, whether or not you buy a Pass knowing the weekend’s titles or not knowing, when you commit to the whole weekend, it pays off. TFI – Total Film Immersion. And the savvy immersionist chooses the Patron Pass!”

Your Telluride by the Sea Weekend Itinerary

Friday September 23 Once you’ve checked into your hotel and/or parked the car, start off at any of Portsmouth’s 200+ restaurants. Then, it’s on to The Music Hall’s Historic Theater at 28 Chestnut Street. Patron Passholders, walk right in to the Founders Lobby Lounge for pre-film cocktails. Or hang out in the crowds queuing up on Chestnut Street, to be serenaded by violinist, Sam Goodall. The kick-off film of the festival begins at 7:30pm with introductions from Music Hall film curator/Telluride Film Festival Co-Founder Bill Pence. The post-film Patron Passholders’ reception takes place around the corner at The Music Hall Loft with food provided by Radici.

Saturday September 24 Check out any number of great breakfast places. Your Patron or Weekend Pass gets you on board free for our Telluride Cruise with Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, which departs at 8:55am and returns at 11am (for more information, call 603-431-5500). Two showings of the special Passholders-only film (a Past Gem from the Telluride Film Festival) take place at the Loft at 10:30am and 3:45pm. Seating at the Loft is limited to 85. Patron Passholders are admitted first. There’s a delightful break at 4-5pm in between the afternoon and evening films - “Cinemange” at Radici – reservations are advised (call 603-373-6464). Get ready for two back-to-back films that night at 6:45pm and 9pm. Finish off the evening with a stroll through downtown for more nightlife.

Sunday September 25 The second Passholders-only film (another Past Gem from the Telluride Film Festival) will be shown in the Loft at both 10:15am and 4:30pm. Seating at the Loft is limited to 85. Patron Passholders are admitted first. Patron Passholders enjoy a brunch at The District from 12-1pm. Two more films wrap up the weekend at 1:30 and 6:30pm. Don’t forget the Wrap Party for Patron and Weekend Passholders at the great brew pub, The Portsmouth Brewery, after the final screening.

About the Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival has been, for the last 38 years, a celebration of the art of film: honoring the great masters of the cinema, discovering the rare and unknown, bringing new works by the world's greatest directors and the latest in American independent film to a small mountain town in Colorado. The New York Times called Telluride "the smallest, most original, and most stimulating of the major festivals," while Entertainment Tonight simply said it was "the world's best festival."

About Telluride by the Sea

The Music Hall and the Telluride Film Festival collaborate on an exclusive presentation of six new features, brought directly from their Colorado debuts. This unique and intimate Portsmouth event treats audience members from across the Northeast to an exclusive peek into the Telluride experience - packing one September weekend in Portsmouth with the latest international cinema, private parties, great music, delicious food, and inspired conversations with other cinephiles of all ages, tastes and backgrounds. According to Patricia Lynch, executive director of The Music Hall, “Portsmouth is the perfect town for this perfect weekend. With its charming mix of history, salt air, and film lovers, Portsmouth buzzes when Telluride by the Sea arrives. The streets are filled with people stopping one another to talk about the films, the restaurants are jumping. It’s a moving party!”

Telluride by the Sea is made possible with the generous support of:

Weekend Sponsors
Harbour Light Strategic Marketing
New Hampshire Public Television
The Wire

Day Sponsors
BayRing Communications

Film Sponsors
The District
Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.
Jackson Lewis LLP
Jane James
Now or Never Media
The Portsmouth Brewery
Seatrade International, Inc.
Smuttynose Brewing Company
TMS Architects

Ticket information

Patron Pass $200
Primary seating for all films
Opening night post-show party in the Loft
VIP access to Founders Lobby all weekend - no lines
Telluride Cruise with Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.(first come, first board)
Sunday Brunch at The District
Wrap Party at The Portsmouth Brewery
Price of pass includes a $75 tax-deductable donation
Admission to passholder-only extra films in the Loft (seating limited!)
One Music Hall Seat Saver

Weekend Pass $85
Preferred seating for all films
Telluride Cruise with Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. (first come, first board)
Wrap Party at The Portsmouth Brewery
Admission to passholders-only extra films in the Loft (seating limited!)

Individual Film Tickets $12.50/$10.50 for members
A limited number of individual tickets will be available at noon Friday September 2.

Telluride by the Sea Patron and Weekend Passes are on sale now through The Music Hall Box Office at the Historic Theater at 28 Chestnut Street, in downtown Portsmouth, by phone at 603.436.2400 or online at

Individual film titles will be announced and tickets on sale Friday September 3, 2010

About The Music Hall

The Music Hall is a performing arts powerhouse featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner from the Historic Theater. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. Two radio shows broadcast on NH Public Radio originate here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners. Welcoming more than 100,00o patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.

“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” – Boston Globe

Plan Your Trip

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