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November 23, 2005

Matthew Newton, NH Film & Television Office
(603) 271-2220
film@nh.gov

New Hampshire Film and Television Office to host screenplay reading

(Portsmouth, NH) – The New Hampshire Film and Television Office will be hosting a live reading of New Hampshire native Mitchell Ganem’s original screenplay, “Losing Jerry” on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wentworth-Coolidge Gallery, 375 Little Harbor Road in Portsmouth. The reading is free and open to the public.

“Screenplay readings are an ideal way for a writer to hear his or her script come to life,” says Van McLeod, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “Having an audience will also let the writer see what works and what needs tweaking before the cameras start rolling.”

The film version of “Losing Jerry,” to be produced by Tracey Becker (“Finding Neverland”) is anticipated to begin filming in late summer, 2006. New Hampshire is currently being considered as the location for the filming the movie.

“Losing Jerry” tells the story of three friends, unitedby their love ofthe music of the Grateful Dead, who are living the good life - lots ofparties, lots of music, and little responsibility.The bonds of their friendship are stretched to the limit when one of them takes a childish prank too far. “Losing Jerry” is a coming-of-age tale set in the psychedelic land of the Deadicated.

The screenplay will be read by Larry Vigus, Joey Chase, Cullen McGough, Andrew Nowacki, Toshi Richardson, Lisa Richardson, Christy Cloutier Holmes, Ron Wyman, Sofia Piel, and John Herman.

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and local property owners. The office is responsible for location assistance, public relations, and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call (603) 271-2220 or visit www.nh.gov/film

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