New Hampshire Film Festival

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Empyrean

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Sophia Savage

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.

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Epilogue

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Dylan Allen

At the end of his greatest adventure, Skillman has vanquished his nemesis, recovered the priceless artifact, and saved his latest lover from certain doom. But as he struggles to figure out what comes next, his lady begins to realize her confident, capable man hasn’t the first clue what to do once the guns are down.

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Here and Now

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Julian Higgins

Over the course of a summer weekend, a young married couple contemplate the future of their strained relationship, reflecting back on the times when they were most in love. Starring Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Mad Men, Suits) and Josh Pence (The Social Network, The Dark Knight Rises, Draft Day), Here and Now was selected by Ron Howard as the winner of Canon’s “Project Imaginat1on” Contest.

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Native Boy

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Henry Roosevelt

A boy goes on a quest to capture the sun.

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New England Blood

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2012 | Directed by Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura

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.

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Slam Man

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo

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!

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Love and Germophobia

Sep 2013 | Posted by:

2012 | Directed by Tyler Spindel

If your girlfriend had the flu, would you still kiss her? What about if she might have viral Meningitis? For David, the answer is simple. Absolutely not. Unfortunately, David’s girlfriend doesn’t see it this way.

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The Save

Sep 2013 | Posted by:

2011 | Directed by Jean-Marc Le Doux

A distraught young pitcher finds himself alone on the mound; it’s the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, no outs. With his team only up by one, and the crowd roaring in disapproval, the pitcher stares at one empty seat… this was never about a game.

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Dirty Night Clowns

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

2010 | Directed by Ryan Gibeau

Dirty Night Clowns is a wonderful tale of curiosity, danger and pursuit. Although its never known what the path ahead has in store, Chris takes a journey driven by his nervous curiosity to find the nefarious character who roamed about his house while he slept. What seems scary and evil from a distance might end up as something unexpected as a cast of characters lures Chris in for a special ending.

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In Danger of Being Discovered

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

In Danger of Being Discovered
2011 | Directed by Marc Dole, Michael Venn

In Danger of Being Discovered takes a retrospective look at the rise of the music scene in the picturesque seacoast city of Portsmouth, NH during its Seattle-like musical peak in the mid 90’s. This was a time when local bands were king, live music venues flourished and it wasn’t a question of if you were going out to see a band, but rather which local band you were seeing and where. Portsmouth, NH was being hailed by the Boston media as the next Seattle musical sensation, where at least 5 of the 55+ local bands were being courted by major record labels, consistently selling out shows, out-requesting national acts on the radio and some even selling over 60,000 copies of their demo CD. This was a time when the music seemed like it was on the verge of exploding and catapulting the bands, and the scene that spawned them, to legendary success… but somehow the scene never managed to get the notoriety it deserved.