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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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Actor and Advocate Ken Howard Passes Away at the Age of 71

Posted by Leah on 3/27/2016 11:18:29 AM

        Actor Ken Howard died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the age of 71. He was a giant, both physically (at a height of 6’ 6”) and in the entertainment industry. He began his career in 1968 as many in entertainment do, with a role on Broadway in Promises, Promises. After appearing in several other Broadway roles, including 1776 and Child’s Play, he made the jump to television and film.
 
        His 47 year career and 109 acting credits included 50 TV show roles, including The White Shadow, Murder She Wrote, The Colby’s, Dynasty, Melrose Place, The West Wing, Crossing Jordan and, most...

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2016 Maine Jewish Film Festival Had Something for Everyone!

Posted by Leah on 3/21/2016 9:48:51 AM

        It’s official! The 19th annual Maine Jewish Film Festival is in the books. The week long festival showed some 30 films across 7 venues throughout the state of Maine, featured 5 special guests and included numerous discussion panels.                 Having never been to a specialty film festival, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure if, because I’m not Jewish, I would feel excluded, or if the films wouldn’t appeal to me, or be relatable overall. It turns out I had nothing to fear. When I took my seat in the Portland Museum of Art for my first film of the festival, the fes...

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2016 Maine Jewish Film Festival Promises a Week of Great Films!

Posted by Leah on 3/9/2016 1:26:25 PM

        Since its humble beginnings in the basement of a synagogue in Portland, Maine, showing films on VHS, the Maine Jewish Film Festival has worked to showcase films that portray the “Jewish experience,” while also promoting diversity and reaching out to the community as a whole. Over their 19 years the festival has featured over 375 films, both domestic and international, sold over 37,000 tickets to cinematic venues across Maine, with a yearly average of roughly 3,100, and has hosted 125 guest speakers.
        Why then have I never heard of it? There seem to be a few reasons why I’d n...

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