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New Hampshire native and Hollywood actor Mike O’Malley, right, talks about the movie “Certainty” with director Peter Askin. (GRETYL MACALASTER/Union Leader Correspondent)

Mike O’Malley returns to NH for film preview

PORTSMOUTH — Hollywood actor Mike O&#';Malley was happy to be back in the Granite State on Thursday to promote his new film &#';Certainty&#'; during the 12th annual New Hampshire Film Festival.

The screening of the film written and produced by O&#';Malley and directed by Peter Askin capped off a day focusing on New Hampshire-related films that saw better than ever turnout, according to festival directors.

O&#';Malley grew up in Nashua and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1988. He went on to starring roles in the hit television shows &#';Glee&#'; and &#';Yes, Dear&#'; and has appeared in several movies.

But his heart is in writing, and &#';Certainty&#'; is a film he said he is proud to share with his friends and family at home in New Hampshire. The film was recently purchased by a distribution company and is scheduled for release next month.

O&#';Malley said the characters, each on a search to clarify and identify love, will be recognizable to a Northeast audience or, for that matter, anyone who has ever been in a romantic relationship or had parents.

O&#';Malley and Askin spoke with reporters at the Discover Portsmouth Center, which is serving as NHFF headquarters for the weekend, ahead of the screening of their film on Thursday night.

Askin said he was drawn to the film by O&#';Malley&#';s writing.

&#';He is a very naturalistic, human writer who tells a lot of emotion material through comedy,&#'; Askin said.

&#';Certainty&#'; is based on the stage play written by O&#';Malley titled &#';Searching for Certainty,&#'; which Askin said never failed to engage and stimulate audiences.

New Hampshire Film Festival organizers are sure &#';Certainty&#'; will not be the only of the 102 films being screened this weekend to engage viewers.

The festival continues through Sunday with dozens of screenings each day throughout the city. Workshops and panels will also offer film buffs insights into the movie-making business, and after parties will allow everyone a chance to mingle.

O&#';Malley said festivals like the New Hampshire Film Festival build an appetite for unique film-going.

&#';What a festival does in this area is create an atmosphere where people want to seek out films they might not be aware of,&#'; O&#';Malley said.

Festival co-founder Dan Hannon said Thursday&#';s turnout was a litmus test for the weekend, and organizers expect high attendance throughout the weekend, from screenings of short films to Sunday morning&#';s family block featuring New Hampshire native Adam Sandler&#';s &#';Hotel Transylvania.&#';

Hannon said more than half of the films will be represented by someone involved with the film, including writers, directors and producers.

A full list of films and events is available at nhfilmfestival.com.

gmacalaster@newstote.com

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