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Film New Hampshire E-Newsletter            May 2008
New Hampshire film industry featured in MovieMaker magazine
The growing independent filmmaking community in New Hampshire has been garnering much attention over the last few years and the most recent example is a feature story about Granite State filmmaking in the current issue of MovieMaker magazine. The spring 2008 edition (Issue 74, Volume 15), which features actress Christina Ricci on the cover, includes a special article titled "Live Free and Make Movies in New Hampshire." Included in the piece are quotes and photos from New Hampshire filmmakers: Thomas and Heidi Tosi, co-producers of the feature film, Dribbles; Buzz McLaughlin and Mark Constance, producers of the feature film, The Sensation of Sight; Sean Tracey, director of the documentary, The Jesus Guy; and others. The New Hampshire-based movie makers shared their thoughts about what makes their state an attractive place to shoot a film.  Common themes include a favorable tax climate, diverse locations with beautiful scenery, and a proactive state film office.  The producers of Dribbles also pointed out the enthusiasm of the local community to assist with a worthwhile project. The article also features a sidebar listing important resources for local and visiting film productions. MovieMaker magazine is published bimonthly and is available on newsstands across North America. More information about filmmaking in the Granite State can be found at the web site of the New Hampshire Film and Television Office, Information about some of the New Hampshire films mentioned in the magazine can also be found online.  The official site of Dribbles is; information about The Sensation of Sight may be found at; the official site of The Jesus Guy is
New Hampshire Filmmakers Roundtable set for June 11 - Save the date!
The next New Hampshire Filmmakers Roundtable, presented by the New Hampshire Film and Television Office, will take place on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 from 12-3 p.m. at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main Street in Concord.

The New Hampshire Filmmaker Roundtable is a lunch-hour gathering of the state's film industry professionals, amateurs and students. Attendees are encouraged to come B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch!)

Topics of discussion and more information will follow shortly. Stay tuned!
New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival May 17
The inaugural New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival, a showcase of filmmaking by high school students from around the state, will take place on Saturday, May 17 at noon at the Sweeney Hall Auditorium of the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. The festival is presented by the New Hampshire Film and Television Office. Twenty films (all under ten minutes in length) will be screened and awards will be presented to five winners. The winning films will be packaged onto a DVD, along with brief interviews with the filmmakers, and distributed to every cable access television station in the state. The winning films will also be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth in October and the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord in November. More information on the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival can be found at
On sending notices to the Film Office
The New Hampshire Film and Television Office regularly receives press releases and notices from members of the state's industry which we disseminate to our network of media, government, and industry contacts both in- and out-of-state. There are times, however, when a notice, for whatever reason, does not make it to our email inbox. Our spam filter can be finicky and can sometimes mistakenly quarantine legitimate messages. We suggest that if you are sending a notice to us, please address it to us as a direct recipient at, as our filter has been known to occasionally pull aside messages sent to bulk recipients. We also encourage you to follow-up with us to confirm that we have received it or to alert us that a notice is forthcoming.

Your news is important to us, and we hope these tips will help ensure that your continued updates are received and distributed to our network promptly.
New Hampshire Filmmaker Notebook
Bad Voodoo's War airs on PBS' Frontline

Bad Voodoo's War, a film by New Hampshire filmmaker Deborah Scranton, aired on Frontline April 1. The film is a follow-up to Scranton's 2006 highly acclaimed film, The War Tapes.

In June 2007, as the American military surge reached its peak, a band of National Guard infantrymen who call themselves "The Bad Voodoo Platoon" was deployed to Iraq. To capture a vivid, first-person account of the new realities of war in Iraq for Frontline and ITVS, Scranton created "a virtual embed" with the platoon, supplying cameras to the soldiers so they could record and tell the story of their war. The film intimately tracks the veteran soldiers of "Bad Voodoo" through the daily grind of their perilous mission, dodging deadly IEDs, grappling with the political complexities of dealing with Iraqi security forces, and battling both their fatigue and their fears.

Bad Voodoo's War can be seen in its entirety here.

"Communities & Consequences" to screen at Red River Theatres on May 15

Red River Theatres, the Concord region's only non-profit, independent cinema, is pleased to partner with CATCH Neighborhood Housing to present a free public screening of Communities & Consequences, a documentary by New Hampshire filmmaker Jay Childs, on Thursday, May 15, 2008.

The evening event from 5:30-8:00 p.m. begins with a reception, followed by a free screening of the film and dialogue with community leaders as part of the theater's Community Conversations series. This event would not be possible without the generous support from Steve and Susan Duprey, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Orr & Reno.

More on the film and the event here...

The Real World spoof wins awards at Boston 48-Hour Film Project, goes national

Portsmouth filmmaker John Herman writes: "I recently participated in the Boston 48 Hour Film Project. Movies submitted were written, cast, shot, and edited in 48 hours, so keep in mind that they are very much slapped together at a brisk pace. Out of the eighty films submitted, ten were selected as the "Best of Boston." These were screened [April 29] at the Kendall Square Cinema. Awards were given. In addition to an Audience Choice Award, the film I worked on won Best Script, Best Ensemble, Best Costumes, and Best Actress. I was awarded Best Cinematographer. Go New Hampshire! We also won the award for Best Film. That means we now go national. Needless to say, it was a little out of control."

To view John's film entry, click here.

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Location Spotlight
Lucky's Barber Shop & Shave Parlor Located in Concord, NH, Lucky's Barber Shop & Shave Parlor is an old-school barber shop that takes you back in time.  The shop, which actually opened earlier this year, features four cast-iron and porcelain barber chairs with worn leather seats facing a wall of tall mirrors. Old church pews line the opposite wall giving waiting patrons ample room to chat, read the newspaper or watch the large screen television that is fixed above them. An article in the local Concord Monitor gives a great profile of the property and can be read here. The owners are open to speaking with filmmakers about using their business as a location. 

To view photos of this location, click here.

If you are a New Hampshire residential or business property owner and you are interested in listing your property as a potential filming location, send us an e-mail at or call our office at (603) 271-2220.
The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state's film industry workforce, and local property owners. The office is responsible for location assistance, public relations and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call (603) 271-2220 or visit
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