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Jul 23, 2019








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The Gift of 65 Roses preview event 

When: Friday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 9 p.m. 
Where: 603 Brewery, 12 Liberty Drive, Londonderry 
Cost: $30. Ticket includes food for the night, five 5-ounce beer samples, a souvenir pint glass and a raffle ticket. 
Visit: or search for “The Gift of 65 Roses” on Facebook 

Coming to life
603 Brewery hosts local filmmakers

By Angie Sykeny

 Seven years ago, Nicholas Ferracamo was working as a film actor in New York City when he got an idea for a script of his own. As someone living with cystic fibrosis, Ferracamo noticed that the disease was vastly underrepresented in the film world. In hopes of changing that, he started writing The Gift of 65 Roses, not knowing whether he’d ever have the chance to make the film a reality. 

“I really wanted to, one, make a great film, and two, bring awareness to cystic fibrosis, because a lot of people I talk to have heard of it but don’t know what it is,” Ferracamo, of Milford, Mass., said. “I wanted to write a film that not only talked about it but also approached it in a manner that would relate to anyone, whether they have a disease or not.” 
In 2014, he partnered with one of his former directors, Artie Vincent, to launch a new production company, Cinema Veritas Productions. As they talked about what to do for their debut film, Ferracamo mentioned The Gift of 65 Roses. It was just the kind of film they were looking for — something impactful, yet feasible for a fledgling production company to make. 
On Friday, Aug. 18, Ferracamo, Vincent and two of their associate producers will be at 603 Brewery in Londonderry for a special event to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis and about the making of The Gift of 65 Roses. In addition to food, beer, games and other festivities, there will be a screening of the film trailer, a presentation by Ferracamo and a Q&A. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 
“The idea is to help get support for cystic fibrosis and to get the word out about the film so people can follow what we’re trying to do,” Ferracamo said. “We want people to get involved and join us on this journey.” 
The Gift of 65 Roses follows the story of Rich, a man in his early 30s who made all the “right” choices in life but can’t find contentment. Rich’s brother Joe, who has cystic fibrosis, chose following his passions over making all the right choices, but he, too, questions whether that is the right way to live. 
“He realizes that life is getting shorter, and that it’s not always about the right choices,” Ferracamo said. “It’s about finding the truth within yourself and finding a life that you want to live. There is no right or wrong. There’s no playbook for this life.” 
Ferracamo wanted the story to be told from the point of view of a person who is close to someone with cystic fibrosis, rather than of a person with cystic fibrosis himself. That way, Ferracamo said, the story is multi-layered; it shows every aspect of how cystic fibrosis, or any terminal disease, affects both the person living with it and the people around him. 
While The Gift of 65 Roses storyline isn’t directly autobiographical, Ferracamo said, the ideas and themes behind it are very personal. 
“These are things that I’ve gone through, living with cystic fibrosis. I’m faced with my own mortality every day with the medicine I take and the treatments I go through, and I’ve realized that things I used to think were important aren’t important anymore,” he said. “I think as an artist, your work is better when it’s about something that you’ve been through and can understand.”  
Ferracamo plans to start shooting the film next year in Massachusetts and possibly New Hampshire and will hold a screening of the full film in New Hampshire once it’s complete. 
“This state has been so supportive,” he said. “I really want to keep New Hampshire involved in the film.” 

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