New Hampshire Film Festival
Jennifer Doll just wants her son, Jackson, to have a typical childhood, but his autism causes him to experience the world too intensely. Because of his freak outs and outbursts, he’s never been on a play-date or attended a birthday party. One day, Jennifer enrolls Jackson in an ice skating program for kids with disabilities. Even though the first weeks are rough, Jennifer sees major
improvements in Jackson’s attitude and outbursts. As the final ice skating show comes up, Jennifer hopes that Jackson will go on, believing a successful performance will be the first step toward a typical childhood.
A Bloodless Crime is a dark comedy, produced for 48 Hour Film Project, NH in 2014. Starring Carlton Greene, Dan Larson and Jacqueline Dubois, it’s a hilarious, 5-minute maelstrom of lust, betrayal and murder. Directed by Ben Peirce and co-written by Peirce, P.J. Huot and RC Victorino, A Bloodless Crime won an Audience Choice Award at the New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project and was nominated for Best Writing and Best Actor (Dan Larson). The film was also selected for the S.N.O.B. Film Festival
2015 Online New England Film Festival | New Hampshire Film Festival | Rhode Island International Film Festival | Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival | Drama | Maine | Massachusetts | New Hamsphire | Watch Online Now | Audience Award Winner
Rocketship is a 15-minute family drama in which an unlikely bond is forged between a lonely boy and an elderly man claiming to be a former astronaut. Together, they transform a vintage vacuum cleaner into a rocketship for a surprising journey. The film is inspired by the rocketship sculptures of artist David Random. Rocketship was an Official Selection of the New Hampshire Film Festival (Jury Award for NH Film of the Year), SNOB Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival (Winner, KidsEye Award), Mill Valley Film Festival sponsored by the California Film Institute, LA Shorts Fest, Boston Film Festival, Louisville’s Festival of Films, Northampton International Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, Knoxville Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, where it was named one the CIFF’s 20 “Must See Films” out of 345 films (180 features and 165 shorts) screened over 12 days. The CIFF review said, “It’s magical. It’s epic. The little boy who plays the lead is fantastic.” In June, 2014, Rocketship was featured at the 17th Dances With Films in Los Angeles, one of the film industry’s premier showcases for emerging talent. Starting in February, 2015, Rocketship is being featured inflight on Virgin Airlines worldwide.
Capturing the unsettling essence of a Twilight Zone episode and the sci-fi tone of a Ray Bradbury story, this reflective short film casts a bleak look at how technology can backfire at bringing us closer together, unintentionally creating more isolation and loneliness than ever before, sometimes leading to harrowing and tragic results.
An homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. Newlyweds Grace and Johnny survive a plane crash on an mysterious island only to discover the entire place has been taken over by zombies!
A short documentary about the New Hampshire surfing community, New England Blood has since been expanded into the feature documentary The Granite Stoke. Voices include: Billy Ritchie, Casey Lockwood, Mike Sidebottom, Brian Nevins, Erica Nardone, Dave Cropper.
A faux infomercial for the boxing robot SLAM MAN, a Hard-Hitting Machine with a Screw Loose. Turn it on, set your skill level and start swinging!
Death makes us want to hold on. Empyrean is about finding the grace in letting go. Sadie’s father, Jim, is dying of brain cancer. It’s only been two months since the diagnosis but he’s already lost his sense of reality – his mind and memory are slipping away even faster than his body. It’s Sadie’s turn to help her mother care for Jim as he runs out the time on the days or weeks that he has left, but the beautiful, rugged landscape that they call home has become a threat as his behavior grows more erratic.
Sadie tries to maintain her strength, but the approach quickly deteriorates throughout restless nights and hazy days as she realizes the peace she hoped to make with her father now seems out of reach — it’s too late for goodbyes and apologies – there’s just the here and now, and the comfort to be found in seeing her father as a man who needs to be released from this world as gently as possible, even if it breaks her heart.