The Hippo


Jul 22, 2019








A scene from Blood, Sweat, and Beer, which plays at the SNOB Film Festival this weekend. Courtesy photo.

Four days of films

Thursday: Craft beer tastings at O Steak & Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord; includes 603 Brewery, Moat Mountain Brewing Company, Smuttynose Brewery, Woodstock Inn Brewery), Concord Food Co-op (Canterbury Aleworks, Out.Haus Ales, Stark Brewing Company, Tuckerman Brewing Co.), and Red River Theatres (Henniker Brewing Co., Throwback Brewery) from 5 to 7 p.m.; screening of Blood, Sweat, and Beer and Throwback at 7:30 p.m. at Red River, with directors for both films in attendance. End with music at Penuches (16 Bicentennial Square, Concord) and True Brew (3 Bicentennial Square, Concord).
Friday: Films start at noon with choice of 30-minute films; pizza is included with price of ticket. Films continue all day long and end with “Twisted Tales” (suspense/thrillers), which start at 10 p.m. End with music at Penuches and True Brew.
Saturday: Filmmaker meet-up/free event by NH Film and Television office at 10:30 a.m., films run through 10 p.m. On Saturday morning/early afternoon, there are also a handful of kid-friendly film. Music at Penuches afterward.
Sunday: Films start at 1 p.m., awards start at 6:30 p.m.
Attend the SNOB Film Festival
Where: Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord
When: Thursday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 9
Admission: Single screenings cost $7.50 to $10; all-day Friday/Sunday pass costs $20, Saturday pass is $35, weekend pass $55

More indie films, beer and music at this year’s festival

By Kelly Sennott

Somewhere along its 13-year history, the Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival has become known as the place for indie craft beer films.

Much of this has to do with the nature of the event, which spans Thursday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 9, in downtown Concord. Before the 7:30 p.m. screenings of Blood Sweat, and Beer and Throwback Brewery Thursday night, there will be craft beer tastings in downtown Concord at O Steak & Seafood, the Concord Food Co-op and Red River Theatres from 5 to 7 p.m.
“Last year, we only did it [beer tastings] at the Co-op across the street and it was absolutely packed, a madhouse,” said Jay Doherty, executive director of the festival. 
It also has to do with the nature of craft beer in New Hampshire. It’s exploding. The filmmakers of Throwback Brewery will be at the festival to talk about this film, but also about another one they’re working called Brew Hampshire that details this Granite State beer explosion. 
“New Hampshire is way on top of the craft beer curve right now,” Doherty said. “There are a lot of nano-breweries and microbreweries popping up, which is really neat. … The beer event started because we had a beer movie [in the festival] … but then a lot of filmmakers started to seek us out to debut their beer films here.”
Organizers are embracing it. Indie beer, Doherty said, fits very nicely with the indie vibe of SNOB. Throughout the weekend, there are a few other films with beer ties, including 100: Head/Heart/Feet directed by William Peters; Black Ice directed by Jeff Reagan; PBR-BQ directed by Rob Azevedo; and Zombie Boy directed by Jamie Sharps.
This year, the four-day festival will screen about 70 titles, all independently made, many in New Hampshire. The submission process began about six months ago, and the chosen titles were announced less than a month ago.
How does the selection committee decide on the final lineup?
“It comes down to, what will people in the central New Hampshire region really want to see?” Doherty said.
In the past, the committee has found that New Hampshire- and New England-based films are of great interest. So are movies that showcase the outdoors or politics. Still, selecting is difficult.
“We always see some great films, but we always have a harder and harder time choosing because the overall quality of submissions seems to be getting better and better every year,” Doherty said. 
This year’s lineup contains five feature films, nine documentaries, the rest short narratives or documentaries, with full descriptions/titles available on the website. For about a third of those films, their respective filmmaker will be in attendance to answer questions.
“That’s really what makes a film festival a film festival, the ability to talk to a filmmaker or actor ...  to see what they were thinking,” Doherty said. “You’re giving these filmmakers an audience, and it brings about that connection.”
Doherty expects a crowd of 2,000 to 3,000 during the weekend, a turnout he credits to locals’ and downtown businesses’ efforts to support SNOB. Local restaurants like the Barley House and Dos Amigos produce SNOB-themed sandwiches, while True Brew and Penuche’s host music after parties.
It draws in devoted movie-watchers and film supporters, too. Doug Bohlman, who attended the festival last year, says he and his wife “camped out,” watching films Saturday and Sunday from sunup to sundown. In fact, at one point, he lent a participating filmmaker some of his film equipment that was sitting at home. He gets a kick out of seeing what local artists are up to, and he likes that the festival brings awareness to Red River.
“I’m surprised at the number of people who still don’t know we have an independent theater in Concord. I think SNOB helps bring about that awareness,” Bohlman said.  
As seen in the November 6, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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