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New Year, New Look, New Films: The 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival is Ready to Rock

Posted by Leah on 10/5/2017 12:45:06 PM

        The leaves are changing, the kids are long since back at school, there’s pumpkin spice everything everywhere you look, (I would say there’s a chill in the air, but that seems to be late this year), and it’s once again time for the New Hampshire Film Festival!
 
        While many things about this year’s film related festivities will be familiar, it will be obvious from the get go that much has changed as well. The most obvious is the festival’s logo. Gone is the logo that carried the festival through years past, with its bold, harsh colors. What’s taken its place is a more stre...

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"Weep Not For Roads Untraveled" A Tribute to Chester Bennington

Posted by Leah on 7/24/2017 2:18:30 PM

 *A note: All pictures on this page were taken by me. All except the one of my tattoo were taken in Mansfield, MA in the summer of 2015*       

        On Thursday July 20th news broke that the lead singer of Linkin Park Chester Bennington had died via suicide. While I know I tend to stick to writing about film, this has affected me too much not to write anything about it.
 
        Hybrid Theory: My Linkin Park obsession began in 2000 with the release of Hybrid Theory. To understand why this album struck me the way it did it’s important to understand what was going on with me at...

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Introducing Leah's Indie Film Series @ Soundstage 909!

Posted by Leah on 6/9/2017 12:28:36 PM

        After years of receiving short and feature indie films from filmmakers for review I had a thought: Why not start my own monthly indie film series? I’d seen hundreds of quality indie films, and I knew that the filmmakers are almost always looking for ways to get their films seen-it was a win win.
 
        And so I started planning back in January. There was so much to do! I needed to find films to fill roughly two hours; I needed to interview filmmakers; and update the website to make submissions easier; and decide on an admission price, day of the week and time; I needed to figu...

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Podcast "Zoolaplex" to get Make Over as Animated Series

Posted by Leah on 4/25/2017 10:19:26 AM

        Admittedly I haven't listened to that many podcasts, but they all seem to be roughly about the same:  people talk about something to other people, who they either call, or interview in person, and usually there is very little in the way of audible interest, such as sound effects or music. Sure, the topics are different, but in general there is very little variety as to the sound and technique of them.
   
        That is, until I found Zoolaplex. Zoolaplex is the brain child of voiceover actor Reece Bridger. Each episode features characters Drake, Leanne, Andy, Mike, Caroline, ...

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Kristen Wiig: Highly Skilled and Underrated?

Posted by Leah on 12/4/2016 11:05:00 AM

Article first published on FilmDebate.co.uk

        I wasn’t sure what to write about next. My first thought was to do a contemplative piece on the best actor of our time. I poured over list after list, but all of them seemed to include the same few names, albeit in different orders. It appears that the staples are Tom Hanks, Tom Hardy, Leo DiCaprio, Jake Gylenhal, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey and a few others, but that the “controversy” (and I use the term lightly here) is over and done with. Everyone has come to the same conclusions; that this list of men are the best of the bes...

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2016 New Hampshire Film Festival was One for the Record Books!

Posted by Leah on 10/18/2016 1:24:55 PM

        The 2016 New Hampshire Film Festival was held in Portsmouth (NH) over the weekend (Oct. 13-16), and was overflowing with films, panels, parties, beer, food and more.
 
        Thursday kicked off with the New Hampshire Program, which means that all of the films shown had a New Hampshire connection of some sort, be it where they were filmed, where the cast was from, where the director or writer was from, etc. The program began at 10:30 am at the Music Hall Loft with the screening of several short films. Films were also shown at The Music Hall simultaneously throughout the day....

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16th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival Brings a Little Bit of Hollywood to the Granite State

Posted by Leah on 10/11/2016 9:12:44 AM

        Thursday October 13 (2016) will mark the kickoff of the four day 16th annual New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth (NH). It also marks my 5th year covering the festival, which brings about reflection of how much things have changed over the years.
 
        When I began covering NHFF five years ago I didn’t have an inkling of what I was doing. I was introduced to filmmakers, but the interactions were always awkward at best, since I had not the slightest clue how to interview people. I’d attend the cocktail and after parties, but mostly stand around by myself, not talking t...

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Inaugural Live Free or Die Film Festival Officially in the Books

Posted by Leah on 8/16/2016 11:43:40 AM

        The inaugural Live Free or Die Film Festival took place this past weekend (August 12 and 13, 2016) in Manchester, NH. Prior to the festival I’d spoken to its creators Dorothea and Robert Daniel about the program and what attendees could expect. Robert told me that they had tried to program the films in such a way as to feel like a living art gallery exhibit, and they certainly accomplished that, and more!
 
        Peppered in the screening schedules of several of the film blocks were films that would classify as “contemporary performance art” and “interpretive art” pieces. Wh...

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First Ever Live Free or Die Film Festival Promises a Weekend Full of Discovery!

Posted by Leah on 8/10/2016 2:31:26 PM

        New Hampshire can add a new film festival to the roster with the first ever Live Free or Die Film Festival taking place at the Palace Theater in Manchester August 12 and 13. The schedule for the inaugural festival is jam packed, and includes 22 films, after parties, cocktail hours and a red carpet event.
 
        I spoke to Executive Producer of the festival Robert Daniel to find out what festival goers can expect. He told me that after moving to New Hampshire years ago, he found it hard to believe that there wasn’t any sort of a film festival in Manchester, the state’s large...

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The 2016 Bluestocking Film Series: Everything a Film Festival Should Be, and More!

Posted by Leah on 7/19/2016 9:48:39 AM

        July 14-16, 2016 in Portland Maine, the Bluestocking Film Series celebrated its 6th year. The weekend was a busy one, and included panel discussions, 22 films, parties, networking events, a youth program and more.
 
        While I’ve been to plenty, it’s always interesting to me to experience different film festivals. I’ve found that each festival has its own unique vibe.  The New Hampshire Film Festival strives to bring a little bit of Hollywood to New Hampshire by bringing in celebrities, having a red carpet to walk down and having groups of photographers take your picture...

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