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IMAGINE A Movie: Part 7

LOVE NOTES FROM LUNATICS by Ernest Thompson ~ How to take other people’s brilliant ideas and call them your own. Also – how to prevent really crappy ones from ruining your script. Or your life.   When’s your happiest time as a writer? When you’ve got the GREATEST CONCEPT for a movie any human brain ever thought of and you can barely contain your excitement and all you’ve got to do is, you know, write

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Music Video Needs Extras

YOU ARE LOVED BAR HARBOR — While “On Golden Pond” author Ernest Thompson is best known for being an accomplished writer, actor, producer and director, he also has a decidedly musical side. Thompson has written songs all of his life and has over the years teamed up with many composing partners to produce rock, folk, cabaret and pop-style songs. His latest piece, “You are Loved,” written with singer Justin Jaymes, is an upbeat, energetic anthem

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‘Golden’ Writer to Highlight MIFF

by Rob Levin BAR HARBOR — Nearly 25 years ago, a simple little movie starring Kathryn Hepburn and Henry Fonda caught the attention of millions of Americans. “On Golden Pond,” a drama of love and redemption, would go on to win several Academy Awards in 1981, including one for its author, a young writer from a small town in Vermont named Ernest Thompson. Decades later, “On Golden Pond” remains one of the most staged theater

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Writing Workshop: October 10-12

WRITE ON GOLDEN POND Is writing your passion? More than a hundred stories have been created at Ernest’s farm in the idyllic Lakes Region of New Hampshire by writers of all experience and backgrounds. Yours should be next.Click here to learn more. To register, call 603-744-3652 or email Space is limited.

MIFF By-the-Sea: September 12-13

“HEAVENLY ANGLE” SCREENING IN BAR HARBOR Want to get away to Maine’s enchanting coast and catch a movie that’ll make you smile all the way home? Ernest Thompson’s film HEAVENLY ANGLE will be featured at the MIFF By-the-Sea Film Festival this fall in charming Bar Harbor. The movie screened at the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) in July, where it played to audiences that never stopped laughing – literally. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. Friday, September 12 at 5:30

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NYC Play Reading: September 8

AX OF LOVE ~by Ernest Thompson Monday, September 8 at 7:00 pm Abingdon Theatre Company 312 W. 36th Street, 6th Floor, NYC From the Academy Award-winning writer of ON GOLDEN POND, this 30-year journey through the brutality of love begins when four students meet in college in 1970. Candy, a young dreamer, whose embittered, alcoholic mother Claire also is along for the bumpy ride, falls hard for Book, an angry young writer whose demons compete

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Thompson|Jaymes on Stage: August 16-17

JUSTIN JAYMES RETURNING TO MEADOWBROOK THIS WEEKEND WITH OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON Gilford, NH — Lakes Region favorite Justin Jaymes, who played the Magic Hat Stage before and after Zac Brown’s concert last summer, returns for the Acoustic After-Show, Saturday and Sunday nights, August 16 and 17, starting at 11:00 pm. An in-demand singer/songwriter who has played up and down the East Coast, Jaymes will feature songs from a new album written with Academy Award

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IMAGINE A Movie: Part 6

THE PLOT OF YOUR LIFE by Ernest Thompson ~ You have one, correct? I know you have a life; you’re reading this; how exciting it is is your business; I’d be happy to hear the more salacious details. But imagine pitching the plot. It’s good practice. And can ameliorate the pressure writers feel sometimes trying to dream plots up. The greatest stories, really, are the simplest ones, leaving lots of space to embellish and elucidate.

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“On Golden Pond” by the Harbor

OSCAR WINNER SPEAKS AT HARBOR DAYS Mattapoisett — Ernest Thompson, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the 1981 classic “On Golden Pond,” spoke and answered questions before the movie was screened for the Harbor Days festival crowd on Saturday night. The Mattapoisett Lions Club hosted the showing. Thompson brought his Oscar and allowed guests to pass it around and take pictures with it. “If you’ve ever wanted to make an Oscar acceptance speech, here’s your chance

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Fuse Film Review

MAINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL — “HEAVENLY ANGLE” AND “A MASTER BUILDER”A Master Builder comes off as a Woody Allen wet dream, but Heavenly Angle is the love child of Alice’s Restaurant and Waiting for Guffman. by Paul Dervis ~ The Maine International Film Festival kicked off it’s 17th season this past weekend in Waterville and it is offering an impressive smorgasbord of screenings. From a Glenn Close retrospective and European films of the last 60

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