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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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2016 Bluestocking Film Series Highlights Women in Film

Posted by Leah on 7/11/2016 12:52:07 PM

        In the world of film festivals there is truly something for everyone. There are Jewish festivals, African American festivals, children’s festivals, independent festivals, horror festivals; I could go on and on! The number and types of film festivals out there are as diverse and plentiful as the films they showcase, and the upcoming 2016 Bluestocking Film Series is no different.
 
        The Bluestocking Film Series is the brain child of Kate Kaminski, and showcases only films that have female protagonists and main characters who don’t spend all of their time talking about men...

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The Filmmaker's Journey or What Nobody Tells You about the Industry Book Review

Posted by Leah on 6/30/2016 7:08:30 AM

        There are many people out there, myself included), who think to themselves “I have so much experience to share with the world in (insert career field of choice). Maybe I should write a book!” And then would come the inevitable, “Nah. No one would read it.” I’ve thought those things many times.
 
        When reading articles and books about writing there is one thing that always seems to come up: write what you know. If you know a lot about gardening and plants, write about that. If skiing is your thing, write about that. The trouble with this advice is the “No one would r...

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First Ever Independent Film Showcase at Starlite Cinemas is a Wrap!

Posted by Leah on 5/24/2016 1:06:53 PM

        On Friday May 20 and Saturday 21 Starlite Cinemas in Rochester, NH held its first Independent Film Showcase. The showcase featured 16 films over the course of the two days, including both feature length films and shorts, and running the gamut from drama, to comedy, to horror to documentary.
 
        The showcase kicked off on Friday evening with two screenings of the film Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket. Although the house wasn’t packed to the gills for the first screening, the theater was very full. Because of Market Basket’s popularity in Rochester, the crowd ...

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The Trip Audiobook Review

Posted by Leah on 5/22/2016 12:39:31 PM

        As I touched on in my review of the film Life After Beth, there is no shortage of zombie related materials out there right now. There are countless films, TV shows and books, among other things, that have flooded the market with all things zombie apocalypse. With an overcrowded sub-genre such as this, how is an artist to stand out from the others and have their work be seen and appreciated?

        Although each and every artist, of any kind, has their own personal methods of putting a unique touch on their work in order to stand out from the crowd, there do seem to be some g...

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Starlite Cinema to Hold Independent Film Showcase!

Posted by Leah on 5/15/2016 8:22:53 AM

Andrew Bemis and Roger Froilan of Starlite Cinemas         The movie theater near me has had quite the rocky past. Over the past 20 years it’s been closed more than it’s been opened and has changed hands at least four times. That’s why, when a few months ago the theater was renovated and reopened, I was so excited. Looking at how much work the new owner, Roger Froilan, has put into revamping the theater and bringing it back to life I can’t help but have high hopes this time around.           Back in April I had spoken to Roger, both on the phone and by email, about setting up a...

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Tales of Bacon, a Satisfyingly Refreshing Period Series

Posted by Leah on 5/4/2016 11:45:29 AM

        I don’t usually review TV or web series, but when the creators of the new web series Tales of Bacon contacted me asking me to check out their show I knew I had to give it a look. Tales of Bacon is “a medieval road trip comedy featuring a Pardoner, a Young Noblewoman and a Mysterious Knight.” So far they’ve only released the pilot episode, but from what I’ve seen this series is going to be a great one!
Gemma Shelton, Adam Elms and Ted the Ox on the set of Tales of Bacon (Photo courtesy Natalie Roe)  
        Set in 1300’s England, the series follows Elfrida Deverwyck and Tha...

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Beloved Actress Doris Roberts Passes at the Age of 90

Posted by Leah on 4/19/2016 10:35:01 AM

        Actress Doris Roberts died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles Monday April 18, 2016, at the age of 90.
 
        Roberts was a true Hollywood legend, with a total of 158 acting credits to her name. She began her career at the age of 25 in 1951 on the TV show Starlight Theater. After that appearance her career took off. Over the course of her 65 year career she appeared in 72 TV shows including the 90’s series Dream On, The Boys, Remington Steele, and Barney Miller.  She was best known recently as the doting, yet finicky Marie Barone on the TV show Everybody Loves...

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Mad Max: Fury Road: Deconstructing the Hype

Posted by Leah on 4/10/2016 1:04:49 PM

  Article Originally Published on FilmDebate.co.uk      

        I originally covered the topic of my dislike of Mad Max: Fury Road in an earlier article, which you can find here. Mad Max: Fury Road is the last film I discussed in that article.        
       
         It’s no secret by now that I absolutely hated Mad Max: Fury Road. I had originally come to the conclusion that I didn’t need to write anything about it since everyone else already had, and for some reason everything they wrote was positive. I figured I’d leave well enough alone and that I wouldn’t bother wasting any mor...

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