New Hampshire Film Festival

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North Country

Sep 2020 | Posted by:

North Country
2019 | Directed by Nick Martini

In the rugged White Mountains of northern-New Hampshire, Lahout’s has remained open 365 days a year since 1920. While technology and conglomerates have stripped the country of local, independent retailers, a family of Lebanese immigrants has prevailed for a century, beating the Great Depression, World War II, Dot Com Crash and Great Recession. With a family and staff who have spent their entire lives working at the shop, we arrive at their centennial during a vulnerable time. The patriarch (Joe Lahout Sr) is in an intense fight with father time. Having skied, worked-out and traveled well into his 90’s, Joe has begun to struggle with his daily rehab and medication schedule, while his grandson (Anthony Lahout) has returned home to help with his recovery. As Anthony begins spending time with him, he explores his grandfather’s lineage as well as questions the source to the store’s success. As we approach 2020, the reality of life-without-Joe is introduced to the Lahout family and staff, sending shockwaves throughout the ranks.

Award-winning director Nick Martini and cinematographer Cam Riley have teamed up with executive producer Anthony Lahout to captivate a nation consumed with hashtags instead of history. This film tells a timeless short story of the American dream and the family that put a community on skis. After 100 years, Lahout’s is still a family business moving onto its fourth generation. Through past and present, we learn the true source of the store’s success. As their monarch passes on, we question and discover the backbone of its longevity. We hope to inspire immigrants, military veterans, millennials, grandchildren, family businesses, and outdoor enthusiasts that all in America is not lost.

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The North Woods

Sep 2020 | Posted by:

The North Woods
2018 | Directed by Adam Bartley

The North Woods is a short documentary about the Betty and Barney Hill Incident, a supposed “alien abduction” that occurred in 1961 in the unique rural, heavily forested, mountainous region of Northern New Hampshire, USA.

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INCANDESCENT

Sep 2020 | Posted by:

2019 | Directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo

When a nomadic alien race blots out the sun, an anguished young teacher tries to hold on to her humanity in a withering world. An apocalyptic sci-fi drama with an ultimately hopeful message.

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Water Horse

Sep 2020 | Posted by:

1993 | Directed by Sarah Wisner and Sean Temple

A secluded family encounters a dreadful presence emerging from the water.

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Have It All

Sep 2019 | Posted by:

2018 | Directed by Katie Locke O'Brien

In this five-minute comedy, a simple phone call is enough to catapult Jill down an impossible path until she discovers that the real enemy she’s up against…is expectation.

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The Hike

Sep 2019 | Posted by:

2018 | Directed by Ben Silberfarb

Eager to escape their busy lives, a couple sets off on a backpacking trip. They journey up a remote trail, set-up camp and head to, “the top of the mountain”. On the way back they both become aware of a menacing presence and discover that their camp has been overtaken by a malevolent stranger.

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Somewhere In July

Sep 2019 | Posted by:

2018 | Directed by Laina Barakat

Somewhere In July follows a 10-year-old girl, caught in the chasm of a family divided over her father’s recent transition into a woman. Filmed stylistically from the perspective of the child, our story captures the innocent and pure love of a child, at play with an at times harsh and confusing world. July is forced into an adult world of politics and morality and with all of these pressures and new, mostly negative social attention, she just wants her family back.

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Omphaloskepsis

Sep 2019 | Posted by:

2017 | Directed by Will Berry

A young woman confronts her umbilical obsession with uncanny results.

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No. 7 on the List

Sep 2018 | Posted by:

2017 | Directed by Bryant Naro and Meagan Frappiea

The small town of Springfield, VT used to have a thriving machine tool industry. Did its outsized significance in WWII make it a target for Hitler? Three generations of Springfielders weigh in.

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Winter’s Watch

Sep 2018 | Posted by:

2017 | Directed by Brian Bolster

Located ten miles off the coast of mainland New England, the Oceanic Hotel is the grand, yet far-from-modern home to the thousands of guests who brave the choppy seas to visit during the warmer spring and summer months. Off-season, the hotel and the 43-acre Star Island on which it sits is home to Alexandra de Steiguer – its winter caretaker who braves the colder, darker months of inclement weather by embracing the solitude and finding inspiration, and life, in what would otherwise be considered the ‘bones’ of winter.