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Monadnock film festival gives young screenwriters a chance to shine
ConVal High School students Elyssa Harrington, 17, of Peterborough and Liam Healey, 17, of Antrim, participate in a pre-Monadnock International Film Festival screenwriting panel at Harlow's Pub Saturday morning. (Meghan Pierce Photo)
ConVal High School students Liam Healey, 17, of Antrim, Elyssa Harrington, 17, of Peterborough, Jill Pierson, 15, of Francestown and Keene High School student Brittany Mena, 16, of Keene shared their process, inspirations and the challenges they faced writing a screenplay for the first time.
Once a year his troop camps at a cabin in Walpole. Halfway up the dirt road to reach the cabin is "a small shack-like red house that legend has it a family a long time ago, maybe in the early '70s, a family of hippies — mother, father and newborn baby — decide to get away from it all and live there," Healey said.
"What we do with the new guys in our troop when we bring them up there for the first time is we tell them that story to freak them out and it's fantastic," Healey said. "I wanted to give my own adaptation of that story, my own version."
Award-winning filmmaker Aaron Wiederspahn of Nelson taught the class as part of a new educational component of the Keene-based Monadnock International Film Festival, which he helped found.
"It became like Survivor," Wiederspahn joked. "It was really exciting to watch the group. … You start to really see who's really passionate about writing because that's the writer's life, you find a way."
Wiederspahn is the program director of the Monadnock International Film Festival and owner of either/or films
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