Picnic to raise funds for Mt. Monadnock film

Rabbit Ear Films, a local nonprofit filmmaking company, will be holding a picnic fundraiser to help raise tax-deductible donations for the funds necessary to complete the documentary film “Monadnock — The Mountain That Stands Alone.”

The picnic will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Monadnock State Park Gilson Pond Campground.

The event is open to the public and meal tickets will be available at the picnic site. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for two people and free for children 10 and under.

The park entrance fee is being waived for picnic attendees.

Special guests attending will be former Monadnock State Park Manager Patrick Hummel and N.H. State Senator Molly Kelly. Music will be provided by John Cucchi of Munsonville.

A raffle will be held for prizes, including a fall foliage aerial tour over Mount Monadnock by Silver Ranch Airpark, art work by local artists, a $20 gift certificate from Olive Garden Italian Restaurant in Keene, $30 gift cards from Sweet Expressions Gift Shop and Mediterrano Take-out & Dining, both in Hillsborough, various gift baskets, and Rabbit Ear Films hats.

The feature-length high definition film is in the final phase of post-production when taped interviews of first-person stories about the mountain will be combined with archival still photographs, video taken on the mountain, narration and music. Research and production are completed.

This has been a four-year effort with film completion targeted for 2014. The film will be a 90-minute documentary about the rich history of Mount Monadnock combined with hikers’ unique stories to inspire and enrich people locally, regionally and beyond.

No historical documentary has been done before about Mount Monadnock. The film will delve into the decades-long process of preserving the mountain and will capture what draws hikers to climb it over and over again.

The film will be dedicated to the late David Knight of Marlborough, a respected community leader who appreciated Monadnock and hiked it frequently. The film has been endorsed by Monadnock Conservancy and Society For The Protection of N.H. Forests (Forest Society), and Harris Center For Conservation Education.

Sponsors include Monadnock Imaging, RJ Sports, True North Networks and grants have been received from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Bean Family Foundation, and The Faulkner Family Fund.

For more information, contact Steve Hooper at 762-3071.

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