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Jul 21, 2019








Attend the SNOB Film Festival

Where: Screenings are at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord
Thursday, Nov. 12: Screenings are from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 13: Screenings from noon to 5 p.m., then from 6:30 to about 11 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15: At 10 a.m. there’s a kids film program and filmmaker meet-up with the New Hampshire Film & Television Office, followed by 30-minute movies at noon, student screenings at 1:30 p.m. and feature film and short screenings until 5 p.m. and then from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15: At 1 p.m. there’s an encore of the 603 Short Films.
Craft brews: At 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday there’s craft beer tasting at the theater from 5 to 6:30 p.m., free with film ticket. Local breweries represented include Ale Ebenezer Brewing Company, 603 Brewing Company, Tuckerman Brewing Company, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Canterbury Aleworks, Rockingham Brewing etc. Different beer is highlighted each night.
Music: Mandaila and Tuna Fish Discrepancy perform on Friday at True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, at 10:30 p.m.; Will Hatch, Walker Smith, Diamond Joe (and more) perform on Saturday at the Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, at 10:30 p.m.
Admission: $30 Friday pass, $40 Saturday pass, $70 fest pass, all other tickets $7.50
Updates: For a list of films, details and updates, visit

Film fan festival
SNOB returns to Concord, friendly as ever

By Kelly Sennott

 Despite the name, what characterizes the SNOB Film Festival is its un-snobbiness, according to New Hampshire filmmaker Mark Battle.

“The people at SNOB are incredibly approachable,” Battle said via phone last week. “There’s no pretentiousness at all. They’re just filmmakers like myself, or they’re big fans of films.”
This is the first time in a couple years Battle doesn’t have a film at the festival, which turns 14 this year and runs Thursday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 15, at Red River Theatres.
His most recent project, Here Lies Joe, is in post-production, not yet ready for viewing, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going. His past films, Victim and The Janitor and The Convict, have done well there, and this year he volunteered to act in a 15-minute psychological thriller called What Goes Around by Lakes Region Community College student David Clark.
SNOB has lots of regulars like Battle, and being approachable is kind of what SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) event organizers are going for. It’s taken on this uber-local, super-celebratory identity, being one of the few festivals that boasts not only local flicks but also local beer and local music. (Plus, this year said festival co-director Derek Obrey, there’s craft beer tastings all three nights.) The films are the glue that holds it together, but organizers said via phone that SNOB’s becoming more a conglomerate of many independent arts.
“We’re coming into our own. As the years have gone by, we’re slowly developing that identity and showing people we are something different in the community. We always wanted to be a grassroots festival. We want to have the feel of that hometown experience when people come out,” Obrey said. 
The films that make up the 2015 festival were announced weeks before printing. Submissions contained a good chunk of foreign flicks, mobster movies and feature-length documentaries, but as always, the selection committee was impressed with the increased quality and total number of submissions, which came from around the world — Ireland, Singapore, Brazil, Scotland, Cuba, Eastern Europe, etc.
“Six, seven years ago, we were lucky if we maybe got 150 entries. Now we’re pushing the 300 range,” Obrey said. “It gets harder and harder to judge every year.”
Around 75 flicks made the cut this year, including a handful of short films from the 2015 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. Fourteen films are by filmmakers with strong New Hampshire ties, but SNOB Executive Director Jay Doherty and Obrey said they often find most films end up having some sort of New Hampshire link, either because they were screened here, they have cast members that grew up here or the filmmakers studied here. Many filmmakers will be making the trek to Concord for movie presentations and Q&As.
Doherty and Obrey said they were excited to show Brew Hampshire Thursday night, timed directly after the craft brew tasting, and the annual Friday Night Twisted Tales slot made up of short spooky horror flicks. 
They also thought audiences would get a kick out of the documentary How to Be a Man, directed by Ray Harrington. It’s about a comedian, raised by his mother, grandmother and sister, who is about to become a father. It screens Saturday.
Doherty said film buffs or lovers of 1980s flicks may be into Back in Time, directed by Jason Aron, a documentary about the making of Back to the Future, which during its run was a risky, uncertain venture, breaking all the rules of traditional storylines.

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