Sep 192014

Saturday’s Film Festival Events begin at 11:30 and continue through the After-Party at The Grog.


Our Mockingbird
Directed by Sandy Jaffe; 65 min
Saturday, September 20 at 11:30am
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

Our MockingbirdStudents from the all-white Mountain Brook High School and all-black Fairfield High School in Birmingham, Alabama collaborate on a life-changing production of the play, “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Our Mockingbird is about empathy and celebrating differences. It is about how arts in education can bridge gaps. It is about learning from the past and taking action for the future. How many lives have been changed by this story?


Saturday, September 20 at 11:30am
The Screening Room  $10

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Directed by Cedric Pilard; 13 min

Mike Johnston has loved drums since he was a child, but they never came easy to him. As a young adult, Mike played for a successful rock band, but he walked away from fame to develop his own method of teaching drums. He created and became an international inspiration.


Coaching Colburn

Coaching Colburn
Directed by Jeff Bemiss, 16 min

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

James Colburn, a resident of Newburyport, MA, was born with a genetic condition called Fragile X Syndrome, which results in intellectual and physical disabilities. Yet James finds joy in the smallest things and uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him; proof there is love and laughter in the face of autism.


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Directed by Mary Horan; 26 min

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

A daughter returns home to try to understand why her mother cares for her ailing father years after their tumultuous divorce.


The Search for General Tso
Directed by Ian Cheney; 73 min
Saturday, September 20th at 1:30pm
The Screening Room  $10

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Who was General Tso? And why are we eating his chicken? THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO explores the phenomenon of Chinese American food through the lens of America’s most popular Chinese takeout meal. On a lively journey through restaurants, Chinatowns, and the American appetite, the film seeks out the origins of General Tso’s Chicken—and in the process, tells a larger story of cultural struggle, acceptance, and exchange. Interviews with historians, chefs, and customers punctuate behind-the-scenes visits to Chinese restaurants from New Orleans to Shanghai. A quest brimming with mystery and humor ends in a surprisingly poignant visit with the 92-year-old inventor of the chicken that conquered America.


Saturday, September 20 at 1:30pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

Directed by Robin Berghaus; 10 min

Stumped is about the survival and physical rehabilitation of a filmmaker who suddenly finds himself a quadrilateral amputee. It highlights the trials and triumphs of adapting to a world he never could have imagined, including his first stand-up comedy performance just one year after his amputations.



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Directed by Eric Latek, 16 min

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

This short documentary film is the soul of Anna, a beautiful Native American mother, grandmother and wife who has fallen victim to Alzheimer’s. Throughout her lifetime Anna has watched many family members lose their battles with this disease.

Return to Hiroshima
Directed by Perry Hallinan; 30 min

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Return to Hiroshima: Family Bonds and the Atomic Bomb, focuses on the exchanges between generations, the Hiroshima bombing and forgiveness. Takashi Tanemori, was 8/10ths of a mile from ground zero when the bomb exploded. 60 years later he is in Hiroshima to share memories of sacrifice and hope.

Read the Boston Globe article about the film here.



Work In Progress Workshop
With Filmmakers Christopher Seufert and Casey Atkins
Saturday, September 20 at 4:00 PM
The Screening Room  FREE

Special rough-cut screenings of two film projects & provide direct feedback to the filmmakers in attendance! Take your love of films & the seacoast to the next level.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 12.33.30 PMFirst up, a 25min cut of a film by Christopher Seufert based on Don Wilding’s book, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore, this documentary film, now in production, gives the scoop behind Henry Beston’s beloved nature classic. It’s a local story for New Englanders about how the Cape Cod National Seashore came into being, and one of global significance, where a volunteer ambulance driver returned and healed from the horrors of World War I. The film includes extensive footage and photographs from the Henry Beston Society archives, breath-taking high-definition nature footage of Cape Cod, and interviews with numerous writers and scholars.

Then an 8 min Screen-Shot-2013-06-09-at-19.35.37-cut of a film about coastal erosion Plum Island by filmmaker Casey Atkins.




Divide in Concord
Directed by Kris Kaczor; 83 min
Saturday, September 20 at 4:00pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

Divide in ConcordThe tale of banning bottled water in small town America. Jean Hill, a fiery 84-year-old widow presents a bylaw to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottles. Merchants are wary, and with billions at stake, a new revolution springs from the town of Concord, Massachusetts.

Read the Boston Globe article about the film here.


Turn It Up!
Directed by Robert Radler; 87 min
Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts
$15 (Ticket includes After-Party at the Grog)

Live performance by Guitarist Chris “Stovall” Brown after screening.
Panel discussion with film producer Doug Forbes and former NH Congressman Paul Hodes, who is in the film.

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Hosted by Kevin Bacon, Turn It Up! explores mankind’s passion for the electric guitar and its effect on artists, everyday players, pop culture, history, and even politics. From the invention in the 1930s to its golden years right through the digital guitars of the future…it is also the guitar stories of rock stars to congressmen, CEOs and teenage virtuosos, to try and understand their emotional connection to their guitars.

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