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March 15, 2007

Matthew Newton, NH Film & Television Office
(603) 271-2220
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“Live Free or Die” receives top jury prize at SXSW Film Festival

(Concord, NH) – The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is proud to announce that the film “Live Free or Die” has received the top jury prize at the 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, TX.

“Live Free or Die”, an offbeat comedy written and directed by former “Seinfeld” writers Andy Robin and Gregg Kavet, stars Aaron Stanford, Paul Schneider, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Rapaport and Judah Friedlander and tells the story of a would-be criminal struggling to escape the dreariness of a northern New Hampshire town. The movie was filmed in Claremont, NH in November 2004 with additional footage having been shot in July 2005.

"We were caught off guard by the win,” says John Limotte, the film’s producer. “We think of this as an audience film, so to be awarded a prize by a panel of critics and filmmakers is a great honor."

“It was great having the cast and crew from ‘Live Free or Die’ here,” says Van McLeod, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “They were very enthusiastic about filming in New Hampshire and we’re just as excited that their film has received such recognition right out of the gate.”

“This production really connected with Claremont,” says Matthew Newton, Film Specialist managing of the New Hampshire Film and Television Office. “When they needed additional footage during the summer of 2005, they could have filmed it anywhere, but they liked Claremont so much that they brought members of the cast and crew back to New Hampshire.”

"We received tremendous support in New Hampshire at every level, from locals in Claremont to the Governor's Office,” says Limotte. “We hope to repay New Hampshire by getting the word out, that New Hampshire is a great place to make a movie."

“Live Free or Die” is currently working on getting distribution as it screens at various film festivals nationwide.

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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