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NH Film Festival Opens Thursday

Get ready for four days packed full of movies in downtown Portsmouth.

Get ready to roll out the red carpet, as the 11th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off Thursday morning.

The four-day festival runs through Sunday, and is expected to draw about 9,000 people to the city, according to event organizers.

“The New Hampshire Film Festival is a very unique congruence of remarkable independent film and epic conviviality in the storybook setting of autumnal Portsmouth,” said Chase Bailey, a member of the festival's board of directors. “We are so very fortunate to have this world-class event here in our sleepy little port town.”

More than 80 films will screen at four venues -- The Music Hall, the Music Hall Loft, the Moffatt-Ladd House, and the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside. Patch is serving as a media sponsor and will have comprehensive coverage of the entire weekend on all of our New Hampshire sites.

Thursday, the first day of the festival, is New Hampshire Day and Night, featuring a selection of films either created by a New Hampshire resident, acted in by a New Hampshire resident or filmed in the Granite State. Films will run from 10:45 a.m. to 9:50 p.m., followed by the New Hampshire Night awards ceremony.

New Hampshire films slated to be shown include "Breakaway/Backdown" by Ralph Morang, "Brush and Pen" by Andrea Melville, "Cravings" by Jin Kim, "Etz Chayim: Tree of Life" by Gwen Wilson, "Hunting" by Laura Maxfield, "It Could Be" by Christopher I. Ivanyi, "The Man at the Counter" by Brian McAllister, "Three Ring" by James Wood, "Trouble" by Mark Constance, and "Turning of the Seasons" by Alex Keown.

The schedule from Friday through Sunday will feature a slew of films and workshops, culminating with the Closing Ceremony and Awards on Sunday night.

Some of this year's highlights include Constance Marks' "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey," and films by Oliver Stone, Giuseppe Tornatore, and Jay Duplass, director of "Cyrus." For a full list of films and a downloadable program, click here.

Also on Sunday, comedy legend Tommy Chong is scheduled to take part in "A Conversation on Comedy," a panel discussion that will also include comedians Juston McKinney and Jimmy Tingle and director Adam Jones.

Tickets and passes are available now through The Music Hall box office at 603-436-2400, or online at www.themusichall.org. Tickets may also be purchased on the weekend of the festival at New Hampshire Film Festival Headquarters at The Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, 250 Market Place.

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