A Valentine to New Hampshire

ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING WRITER ERNEST THOMPSON Interview with Rob Caldwell ~ Anchor Rob Caldwell talks Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson, author of “On Golden Pond,” about his latest movie TIME AND CHARGES, premiering at the Maine International Film Festival on July 16. Thompson will also offer a workshop on adapting life into film at the Maine International Film Festival. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 16th from 2:00-4:00 PM at Waterville Public Library. For more

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Festival Centerpiece

MAINE FILM FESTIVAL TO RUN GAMUT FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HOMEGROWN by Amy Calder ~ WATERVILLE — The Maine International Film Festival, which starts July 12, draws a flurry of excitement during its 10-day run as thousands of film enthusiasts from all over the world gather at both Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House to view 100 independent American and foreign films. Actors, film directors, writers and producers share their craft with audiences in

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Two Films, Two Festivals

TOO MAGICAL TO MENTION by Ernest Thompson ~ If you made the drive this summer from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where my movie ON GOLDEN POND was shot, across to Waterville, Maine, then down to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, you’d be tracing the mythical journey Whitebridge Farm Productions has been on the last few years; we just took the long way.   Our first movie, TIME AND CHARGES, will have its world premiere at

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The Dream Farm Cafe

TALKS ‘TIME AND CHARGES’ WITH COMPOSER JOE DELEAULT ~ by Julie Lavender Jazz pianist, composer and performer Joe Deleault teams up with Oscar winner Ernest Thompson to write songs for Thompson’s latest movies, newest play and world-renowned American Classic “On Golden Pond.”   From folk to pop to country, rock-n-roll and soul, with a little gospel thrown in, the range of their music is remarkable. Joe Deleault talks about the process of composing for films

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A Hollywood Filmmaker

HEAVENLY ANGLE by Ernest Thompson ~ People often ask where stories come from and I don’t always know but in the case of HEAVENLY ANGLE, I do: Twenty years ago, I moved to New Hampshire, where we shot my movie ON GOLDEN POND. I raised my kids here and, with my partners Morgan Murphy and Lori Gigliotti Murphy, built a company, Whitebridge Farm Productions. Through our acting and writing classes and workshops, I’ve had the

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Films and Plays, Oh, My

PLAYWRIGHT ERNEST THOMPSON PREMIERES NEW FILM by Leigh Sharps ~ NEW HAMPTON — Playwright Ernest Thompson’s name seems to be everywhere this summer, with his Oscar-winning play (and movie) “On Golden Pond” shining brightly on the stage in Laconia. Thompson, for the first time, is playing the mailman, ‘Charlie,’ in his own play, and also directing it at Pitman’s Freight Room theater on New Salem Street in the city. While the ‘Pond’ is certainly of

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This Too Will Pass

OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON AND TWO DELEAULTS IN STEREO MAKE MUSIC FOR TIME AND CHARGES FILM This lyric was inspired by the plight of the character Ernest plays in Time And Charges, a man whose integrity has been misplaced among the ruins of fortunes lost, marriages failed, promises unrealized. Because he’d set the scene in a Greenwich Village bar that could just as easily have been in Berlin, Ernest wanted to acknowledge the universality of

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Nashville in New Hampshire

CINDY KAZA’S NOT SUPPOSED TO (BUT SHE DOES, WITH OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON AND JOE DELEAULT) “I love writing love songs,” Ernest said. “And I love Cindy Kaza, nuff said.”  This is the third one Ernest has done with Cindy, but it’s really more like the eighth since a song he wrote with his buddies Mark Sparky Elbaum and Dave Henderson they had Cindy record six different times in six different genres. Ernest used Make

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Say Hello to Say Goodbye

AND A MEADOW FULL OF MUSICIANS SINGING FOR ‘TIME AND CHARGES’ TIME AND CHARGES is all about going home. There’s a lot of nostalgia in the movie, from the 64 cop car to the mysterious clues leading Ernest’s character Jeremiah back to his roots, to his long lost compatriots, and to the daughter he never knew he had. There’s no amount of incisive dialogue or brilliant cinematography that can tell the story as effectively as music

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Community Filmmaking

DIRECTOR FINDS NEW HAMPSHIRE IS PERFECT SPOT FOR MAKING MOVIE, TEACHING AND FILMMAKING by George Pelletier ~ There are few erudite men who couldn’t be less intrigued by the Hollywood propaganda machine than award-winning writer and director Ernest Thompson.   Huddled in New Hampton with a roster of Boston actors, unknown acting students, crew members and his production company, Whitebridge Farm, Thompson is about as far away from the box-office mentality of Tinseltown as any

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