2016 Online New England Film Festival | New Hampshire Film Festival | Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival | Woods Hole Film Festival | Drama | Maine | New Hamsphire | Watch Online Now | Audience Award Winner
A heartwarming, teenage love story about trust and accepting others for exactly who they are. Noah begins to fall in love with his new neighbor Becky, only to find out she has a secret.
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
A poor family, having received tickets, must struggle through the gloomy, impoverished, sometimes surreal eastern European countryside to bring Grandma to the American Cinema.
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.
“Machsom,” the Hebrew word for “Checkpoint,” tells the story of Yaniv Greenblatt, a young Israeli soldier stationed at one of the most dangerous such checkpoints along the West Bank. He would like to be a pacifist and struggles to be fair to the Palestinians, but has to contend with the prying eyes of his superiors. The problems Yaniv faces at home are no easier. His mother is a wheelchair bound hard-right-winger due to the same terrorist attack that killed her husband.
The story centers on Yaniv’s relationship with his younger brother, Avi, who attends one of the few mixed Jewish-Arab schools in Israel, and builds towards an incident at the checkpoint that challenges all involved to reconsider their previous resolve.
America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light is an historical documentary that focuses on the intriguing life story of this country’s most famous maritime heroine.
Written, directed and produced by Marian Gagnon of Goodnight Irene Productions and shot and edited by Jim Karpeichik of Ocean State Video, this 47-minute documentary film provides an intimate portrayal of Ida’s life from age 15 to 69 (from 1857 to 1911) and the passion and moral fiber she intrinsically brought to her work as a lighthouse keeper and unlikely heroine. It also explores the myriad decisions which led to a life of both fame and isolation, Ida’s unexpected celebrity in Newport as well as across the U.S., and the impact she inadvertently had on the early women’s rights movement.
As John Williams Haley, author of The Rhode Island Historian wrote in 1939: “…of all the Rhode Island women who have achieved fame in one way or another…and there have been many…none attained the world renown of a modest little woman who was born and lived most of her life in Newport. In fact, it would hardly be exaggeration to say that she was more famous, particularly during the latter half of her life, than any American woman of the past or present.”
While this statement may very well stand today, Ida’s story has largely been forgotten. Gagnon’s goal with this film is to renew the “national memory” of Ida Lewis as an American heroine not only in her hometown of Newport and throughout RI, but across the United States.