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December 22, 2005

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

"Sensation" filmmakers and community receive commendations for efforts

(Concord, NH) – Filmmakers from New Hampshire-based production company Either/Or Films and administrators from the town of Peterborough received commendations at the Governor and Executive Council meeting, held on Wednesday, December 21, 2005. The commendations recognized the efforts of the production company and the town and their successful partnership during the filming of the motion picture, “The Sensation of Sight” in October and November of this year.

Governor John H. Lynch and Van McLeod, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources, presented a commendation to Executive Producer Buzz McLaughlin and Writer/Director Aaron Wiederspahn for choosing to shoot their film completely in Peterborough, fostering a working relationship with the town, raising 90% of their film’s funds in New Hampshire and attracting major talent to be a part of the project.

A commendation was also presented to Pamela Brenner, Administrator for the town of Peterborough for proving the town to be an ideal filming location as well as acting as a clearinghouse for the filmmakers by providing immediate assistance and information with regards to finding and securing suitable filming locations, the hiring of local extras, communication with town residents and business owners and resolving unforeseen problems.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better scenario than the one that played out between the filmmakers and the town of Peterborough,” says McLeod. “This partnership has really opened the door for future film and television production in our communities around the state.”

Matthew Newton, Film Specialist managing the New Hampshire Film and Television Office agrees. “When you have a production team like ‘The Sensation of Sight’ that is so eager to involve the community, and a town like Peterborough that is so willing to pull out all the stops to help, the result is nothing short of amazing.”

“The Sensation of Sight” is an off-beat drama about a man’s search for meaning amidst the ache of despair and stars David Strathairn (“Good Night and Good Luck”). The film also features Ian Somerhalder from ABC’s “Lost,” Daniel Gillies from the Steven Spielberg-produced mini series, “Into the West,” as well as Scott Wilson (“The Last Samurai”), Jane Adams (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Ann Cusack (“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”), Joseph Mazzello (“Jurassic Park”), and Elizabeth Waterston (“Law and Order”).

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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