film http://nhpr.org en 7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift http://nhpr.org/post/70214-amateur-sleuths-pet-owl-and-oculus-rift <p>The National Institute of Justice estimates that up to 40,000 unidentified human remains have been collected and stored in evidence rooms across the country. Today, we talk to Deborah Halber about the growing number of internet sleuths trying to solve America’s coldest cases. Then, we look into the growing digital house key market. Plus, a heartwarming tale of a man and his owl.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:15:55 +0000 Word of Mouth 51211 at http://nhpr.org 7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift When I Walk: Talking with filmmaker Jason DaSilva http://nhpr.org/post/when-i-walk-talking-filmmaker-jason-dasilva <p>On today’s show we talked to documentary filmmaker Jason DaSilva. In 2005 Jason was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He was only twenty five years old, but had more films and praise under his belt than most twice his age. Two years later, when he was on a beach vacation with his family, his brother caught a moment on tape which changed the course of his life. He fell, and for the first time since his diagnosis, was unable to get up by himself. It was from this painful and significant moment that his most recent film, <em>When I Walk</em>, was born.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:12:20 +0000 Alexis Chapin 50567 at http://nhpr.org When I Walk: Talking with filmmaker Jason DaSilva The Found Footage Festival: A Strange Journey Down Memory Lane http://nhpr.org/post/found-footage-festival-strange-journey-down-memory-lane <p>On <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/61914-bonobos-granite-state-music-festival-and-found-footage">today’s episode </a>we talked to Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of The Found Footage Festival. The Found Footage Festival began in 2004 out of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Pickett and Prueher, childhood friends from Wisconsin, began their collection in high school by picking up unintentionally funny VHS videos from various sources (a lot of garage sales). &nbsp;The festival tour where they showcase their collection originated out of the need to fund their full-length documentary, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1105273/?ref_=ttmi_tt">Dirty Country (2007)</a>, which follows a raunchy country singer and small-town family man, Larry Pierce.&nbsp;</p><p>The Found Footage Festival has now completed their seventh volume. They tour across the US and will be completing a UK tour this summer. On Thursday, June 19 the FF Festival will be in Bethlehem, New Hampshire at the Colonial Theatre at 7:3o PM, 18 years of age and up. If you’re nearby, tickets are for sale <a href="http://store.foundfootagefest.com/collections/fff-tour-tickets/products/june-19-7-30pm-bethlehem-nh-colonial-theatre">here</a>. If not, we have made a short list of some of the many hilarious videos that Pickett and Prueher have curated. Check out more on<a href="http://www.foundfootagefest.com/"> their website</a>.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:20:42 +0000 Alexis Chapin 50429 at http://nhpr.org The Found Footage Festival: A Strange Journey Down Memory Lane First Impressions: Iconic Title Sequences In Film & TV http://nhpr.org/post/first-impressions-iconic-title-sequences-film-tv <p></p><p>Title sequences have a practical function, sure. They convey the <em>whos, </em><em>wheres</em><em> </em>and <em>whens </em>of a production while segueing into the story. They are also the first impression, the opportune moment to set up the tone of a film or show. Through music, imagery, and written or spoken dialogue, title sequences can be the most artistically influenced aspect of a production. Though not always true, title sequences can even be the <em>best part </em>of a show or movie that is otherwise full of overplayed clichés and unoriginal storylines.&nbsp; At Word of Mouth, we searched and sifted for those iconic title sequences we thought packed that extra artistic punch. While most correlate to the quality and success of the production as a whole, others, well, <em>others might not</em>.</p><p>Check out some of our favorite film and TV title sequences below. Yours didn't make the list? Share it on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio">Facebook</a>!</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:42:59 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44256 at http://nhpr.org First Impressions: Iconic Title Sequences In Film & TV 2.27.14: Oscar Smear Campaigns, Title Sequences, The RAZZIES & The Omega Man http://nhpr.org/post/22714-oscar-smear-campaigns-title-sequences-razzies-omega-man <p></p><p></p><p>Word of Mouth is putting on the glam, rolling out the red carpet, and practicing our best paparazzi poses for the Academy Awards this Sunday. (Isn't everyone?) But first we're preparing with some film history – smear campaigns, artistic title sequences, and controversial kisses in films have been wowing fans and critics for decades. This Sunday marks the 86th Academy Awards, but not all movies are Oscar-worthy. Hence The RAZZIES, whose goal it is to recognize the worst of the worst. So whether you're preparing for the red carpet or a drive to the office, we've got a star-studded show worth that extra time in the makeup chair or pickup truck.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:25:15 +0000 Word of Mouth 44244 at http://nhpr.org 2.27.14: Oscar Smear Campaigns, Title Sequences, The RAZZIES & The Omega Man 2.26.14: Rejection, Fake Shemps, The WOM Love Song & Lake Street Dive http://nhpr.org/post/22614-rejection-fake-shemps-wom-love-song-lake-street-dive <p>Today's Word of Mouth is brought to you by: <strong>Rejection</strong>. All artists have been there, feeling confident about a submission only to find out that someone&nbsp; "<em>regrets to inform</em>" them that their work has been denied for publication.&nbsp; Well, Word of Mouth is here to commiserate with rejection letters from literary greats. Then, what do film studios do when forced to substitute an actor? Use <em>fake shemps</em>, of course. Taking a musical turn, we revisit the Word of Mouth love song and the fantastic listener submissions. (<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/calling-all-musicians-help-us-fix-our-terrible-love-song">Really, they're awesome!</a>) Finally, the band<strong> Lake Street Dive</strong> released their fourth LP 'Bad Self Portraits' last week, we'll dig up an interview we did with the band from 2012.</p><p></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:41:45 +0000 Word of Mouth 44176 at http://nhpr.org 2.26.14: Rejection, Fake Shemps, The WOM Love Song & Lake Street Dive Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died http://nhpr.org/post/harold-ramis-comedy-fame-has-died <p></p><p>It's a sad day in the Word of Mouth cube as we remember an actor and filmmaker who brought so much joy and so many laughs through his decades-long work. Beloved <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/02/24/us/ap-us-obit-ramis.html?hp">comedy actor and filmmaker Harold Ramis has died</a>, but his comedy is timeless. Ramis' influence endures both on and off screen. His comedic repertoire is classic, having co-written <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077975/">Animal House</a>, directed<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/"> Groundhog Day</a>, and starred in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/">Ghost Busters. </a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/"> &nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/"> &nbsp; &nbsp; </a></p><p>Thank you, Harold Ramis, for giving us all of the laughs and leaving us with all of the feels. You will be missed.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:24:35 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44069 at http://nhpr.org Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died The Worst Movies of 2013 http://nhpr.org/post/worst-movies-2013 <p>The <a href="http://www.goldenglobes.com/awards">Golden Globe</a> and <a href="http://www.sagawards.org/">SAG Awards</a> nominations are out, launching&nbsp; awards season into full effect. Among those getting the most nods are director Steve McQueen’s “12 years a slave”, and David O'Russell’s “American Hustle”.&nbsp; We’re not going to tread through the all-too-familiar “best of 2013” territory today. We’re forging a new path through the worst films of the year. Joining us is <strong>Bill Goodykoontz</strong>, chief film critic for Gannett and The Arizona Republic who wrote <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/movies/articles/20131128worst-movies-year-2013-yir.html">"A Year in Review: 10 Worst Movies of 2013"</a> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:52:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40942 at http://nhpr.org The Worst Movies of 2013 NH Filmmaker Aaron J. Wiederspahn Talks About His Latest Film http://nhpr.org/post/nh-filmmaker-aaron-j-wiederspahn-talks-about-his-latest-film <p>Eighteen-year-old Dawn has never met her father; raised by her mother in a rural New Hampshire town, they are barely getting by. Dawn works at a bait and tackle shop by day and turns tricks at night to fund an escape from her dead-end life. &nbsp;A cascade of bad events set Dawn on the road to find the father her mother doesn&rsquo;t want her to find. He&rsquo;s not so keen on the idea either. Our guest,<strong> Aaron Wiederspahn </strong>wrote, directed and starred in the film, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.onlydaughterfilm.com/Home.html" target="_blank">Only Daughter</a>.&rdquo;</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:37:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36804 at http://nhpr.org NH Filmmaker Aaron J. Wiederspahn Talks About His Latest Film This Weekend's N.H. Arts Scene: Mary Pickford And Fountains Of Wayne http://nhpr.org/post/weekends-nh-arts-scene-mary-pickford-and-fountains-wayne <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For anyone who&rsquo;s ever driven by a crumbling old New Hampshire barn and wondered what could be in there, here&rsquo;s one answer&hellip;a stack of dusty old film reels that turned out to be the only surviving reel from a long lost 1911 film. The movie, called </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Their First Misunderstanding</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> , was written by and stars Mary </span>Pickford<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, one of the most beloved actresses of the&nbsp; silent film era.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke with Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at Keene State College <strong>Dr. L</strong></span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">arry Benaquist</strong></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about the discovery of this rare, important and now celebrated film.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:36:14 +0000 Zach Nugent 36556 at http://nhpr.org This Weekend's N.H. Arts Scene: Mary Pickford And Fountains Of Wayne Keene State College Prof Uncovers A Lost Gem From Hollywood's Early Days http://nhpr.org/post/keene-state-college-prof-uncovers-lost-gem-hollywoods-early-days <p></p><p>We use the phrase “long lost” more often than is probably warranted, but this story certainly qualifies.</p><p>Several years ago a contractor was cleaning out a barn in Nelson that he’d been hired to demolish. He found a 35 millimeter film projector and seven reels of nitrate film. Among those was a short film that had not been seen in decades. The film, called “Their First Misunderstanding,” stars an 18 year old woman named Mary Pickford, who would become one of Hollywood’s first and biggest stars.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:37:35 +0000 Brady Carlson 35573 at http://nhpr.org Keene State College Prof Uncovers A Lost Gem From Hollywood's Early Days A Conversation With Werner Herzog http://nhpr.org/post/conversation-werner-herzog <p><strong>Werner Herzog</strong> is one of the leading figures of world cinema. In addition to making more than 60 films, he’s produced more than 20 operas, published books and screenplays and articles, acted in films and produced art installations.</p><p>His films are known for their unnerving originality and difficult locations. He’s shot films deep in the jungles of Thailand and Brazil, through bone chilling temperatures in Antarctica, and under strained conditions from political coups to maneuvering in a cave of prehistoric art with only hand-held cameras and minimal crew.</p><p>His latest work is extreme in a different way… a startling public service announcement about the dangers of texting while driving. Herzog joined us from the studios at Dartmouth College, where he’ll be in <a href="http://now.dartmouth.edu/2013/09/encounters-at-dartmouth-with-filmmaker-werner-herzog/">residence this weekend. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:35:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35196 at http://nhpr.org A Conversation With Werner Herzog 'Capturing Grace': Documentary Features Parkinson's Patients Learning To Dance http://nhpr.org/post/capturing-grace-documentary-features-parkinsons-patients-learning-dance <p>A&nbsp;few years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, <a href="http://www.kqed.org/radio/about/staff/dave-iverson.jsp">writer, producer, and Public Radio host <strong>Dave Iverson </strong></a>learned that the<a href="http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/the_dance_center/outreach">&nbsp;Mark Morris Dance Group </a>was teaching dance to people with Parkinson's at its Brooklyn headquarters.&nbsp;&nbsp;Dave was touched - and produced a special on the dance group for the PBS Newshour and the PBS series Frontline.</p><p>More recently, he's<strong> </strong>rounded up a team of pros to film students preparing for their first public performance. He’s launched a Kickstarter project called “<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2049872142/capturing-grace-when-parkinsons-and-dance-intersec">Capturing Grace</a>" to finish the film.</p><p>Also joining us is <strong>David Levanthal </strong>– who until recently was one of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s most celebrated dancers. He’s now focusing entirely on <a href="http://danceforparkinsons.org/">dance for PD</a>, the program working with Parkinson’s patients.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Taylor Quimby & Virginia Prescott 15246 at http://nhpr.org 'Capturing Grace': Documentary Features Parkinson's Patients Learning To Dance Vermont Filmmaker Leading The Charge For 'Regional Cinema' http://nhpr.org/post/vermont-filmmaker-leading-charge-regional-cinema <p>When people talk about shopping local, they’re usually referring to buying food, books, and other goods and services &nbsp;from a regional supplier as opposed to buying online or from big box store. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:42:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34840 at http://nhpr.org Vermont Filmmaker Leading The Charge For 'Regional Cinema' PBS Film Explores Competitive Ping Pong For Seniors http://nhpr.org/post/pbs-film-explores-competitive-ping-pong-seniors <p>Banish the bridge game, and shove off the shuffleboard… competitive table tennis for seniors is the subject of the new film <a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/pingpong/">“Ping Pong”</a>, which airs tonight on PBS’s <a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/">POV series</a>.</p><p>The film shows the arch rivalries and individual motivations of the traditional sports drama, ramped up by the presence of cancer, dementia, and the physical deterioration at the end of life. The film’s producer is <strong>Anson Hartford</strong>, and he joins us to talk about it.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:41:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34604 at http://nhpr.org PBS Film Explores Competitive Ping Pong For Seniors