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The Screenplay Reading Series
Presented by the New Hampshire Film and Television Office
in partnership with Red River Theatres

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About the Screenplay Reading Series:

"Losing Jerry" Reading
  Screenplay reading,

The reading of Mitchell Ganem's original feature screenplay, Losing Jerry, at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion in Portsmouth, November 2005.

  The reading of Dana Biscotti Myskowski's feature screenplay, Plowing Up a Snake, at Red River Theatres in Concord, October 2008.

The Screenplay Reading Series showcases new motion picture scripts read live by actors before an audience, followed by Q&A, creating a unique movie-going experience. The series focuses on the craft of cinematic storytelling, long before a frame of film is shot, and is dedicated to fostering a forum where screenwriters can hear their words come to life and network with actors, potential film investors, and other artists involved in filmmaking.

The Screenplay Reading Series accepts screenplays for consideration on an invitation-only basis and screenplays must have an emphasis on New Hampshire, either in their setting or their potential to be filmed in the Granite State. The screenplays are read in an intimate setting at Red River Theatres by actors cast into the screenplay's respective roles by a director who works with the writer specifically for the reading. Screenplay readings can last anywhere between ninety minutes to two hours.

With three screenplay readings held throughout the course of a year, audiences have the rare opportunity to “listen” to a film script, take part in a dialogue with the writer afterward, and hear the artistic conversation that happens “behind-the-scenes.”

Tickets are $8 ($6 for Red River Theatres members) and are available online. Tickets will also be available at the box office. Red River Theatres is located at 11 S. Main St. in Concord, NH. Visit for more.

Past Screenplay Readings:

November 12, 2009
Writer: Hilary Weisman Graham
Screenplay: Freebird

Freebird tells the story of a 16-year-old punk rock princess who becomes an unlikely teen bride when she marries a boy she despises in order to escape living with her parents.  In addition to winning the 2009 NH Film & Television Office Screenwriting Competition, the script won first place in the 2008 Silver Screenwriting Competition and was the Grand Prize Winner in the 2008 Script P.I.M.P. Competition.

View photos of this reading here.

February 5, 2009
Writer: Aaron J. Wiederspahn
Screenplay: Someplace Like America

Someplace Like America, which is scheduled to be filmed in New Hampshire later this year, is a contemporary tale set in New Hampshire's North Country after the closing of its paper mills. It follows Dutch, a long-unemployed steel worker and transient poet, as he returns to his family after a prolonged absence and attempts to reestablish contact with his grandson. Focusing on the struggles of the unemployed and disenfranchised, this narrative feature reflects on the possibility of personal and communal rebirth in the aftermath of economic collapse, illuminating in human terms a growing national issue in this post-industrial age.

View photos of this reading here.

October 9, 2008
Writer: Dana Biscotti Myskowski
Screenplay: Plowing Up A Snake
Director: Adam Jones

When a trio of vigilantes murder the most hated man in the seemingly idyllic village of Enoch, New Hampshire, Clay Freeman, a man who believes evil deeds can be corrected through hard work, goes plowing up a snake in search of answers and redemption.  When townsfolk refuse to talk, Clay divulges the identities of the men to the newly anointed, and vengeful, widow.

View photos of this reading here.

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