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 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

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

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

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

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