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Monadnock Film Festival to announce April line-up

The Monadnock International Film Festival will announce its April 10-12, 2014 line-up on March 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel on Railroad Street in Keene. The event is free and open to the public, featuring elegant catering by High T and a cash bar. The announcement will unveil information about the five feature narratives, three feature documentaries, shorts program and industry panels.

Breaking news includes the 2014 Jonathan Daniels award recipient, presented to the Sundance award-winning film, “Watchers of the Sky.” This unique accolade is presented annually to a socially conscious filmmaker of great artistic merit that echoes Daniels’ courage, purpose and spirit by using film in a powerful, transformative way. Attending the April 12 closing ceremony for WATCHERS is Academy Award nominated filmmaker and Director, Edet Belzberg, with producer, Amelia Green Dove.

“Watchers” provides a framework for activists who “seek to bring protection, justice, memory and healing to the victims of mass slaughter, and persist against all odds in an attempt to decrease the horrrors of the future.” The faculty and staff of the Keene State College Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will collaborate with MONIFF on special programming for students and community members during the festival.

This year the festival will expand into Peterborough and Jaffrey the weekend prior to the three-day event. On Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, MONIFF will be in downtown Peterborough as part of Comcast’s Local Look programming. One feature documentary, a shorts program and table readings of screenplays created by Conval students participating in MONIFF’s Screenwriting in the Schools program, led by MONIFF Program Director, Aaron Wiederspahn will be featured. The screenwriting program, the first of its kind, is underwritten by Conval High School and Final Draft, the industry standard screenwriting software. An after-party will be held on Friday night at Harlow’s Pub. The weekend is entirely free, underwritten by the Goyette Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, Comcast Local Look and the Town of Peterborough.

On Sunday, April 6, MONIFF will be in Jaffrey to celebrate the Park Theatre’s renovation efforts. The event will be held on the Main Street site of the former theatre.

Film Passes and VIP Passes may be purchased at the Marriott Hotel with a credit card during the launch party. The $75 Film Pass includes all films and panels, and the $125 VIP Pass includes all films, panels, opening reception, after-parties, hospitality tent and Swag Bag. Otherwise, go online at www.moniff.org or the Colonial Theatre box office (www.thecolonial.org, 603.352.2033).  

For more information, contact Laina Barakat at 603-757-3929.

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