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19th Film Festival opens today with N.H. Day and Night

By on October 18, 2019 0 116 Views

A new design. Over 100 new movies. A new venue. The same high caliber of heart-wrenching, belly-laugh-inducing, thought-provoking independent films, networking events and informative discussions. The 19th annual New Hampshire Film Festival will infuse downtown Portsmouth with all things cinema this weekend, Oct. 17-20.

While the festival doesn’t set out with a theme, there are always common threads among the films. The fishing industry is a trending topic for the 2019 screening schedule, but the main commonality this year is the Granite State itself.

Nicole Gregg, executive director of the New Hampshire Film Festival, said, “Without a doubt, the spotlight is on New Hampshire this year. We have 117 films. Fifty-one of them have ties to New Hampshire.”

In addition to Thursday’s “New Hampshire Day,” which traditionally screens an entire day of state-affiliated movies, the weekend’s spotlight films are also all connected to the Granite State, marking a first in the festival’s history.

Thursday night’s spotlight, “The Cave,” is from National Geographic producer Matt Renner, who grew up in Durham. Renner is also this year’s esteemed Van McLeod Award recipient. Friday night brings Manchester’s Adam Sandler to the Seacoast screen via his new film, “Uncut Gems.” Former Lee resident, Robert Eggers, well-known for his film, “The Witch,” takes the Saturday slot with “The Lighthouse.” Readmore…