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Crooked Lane’s own writer and director Chase Bailey will be addressing the Catapult Seacoast group in their Business Speaker Series. Catapult is a unique organization focusing on up and coming young professionals.
Catapult attendees can hear Chase speak at the June 30th, 2010 event to be held at the 100 Club in Portsmouth. Things kick off at 6:00 PM.
From the organizers:
We are thrilled to have a dynamic speaker like Chase Bailey. We found his story relatable and inspirational. Nowadays, many people are considering complete one-eighties in their career paths, opting to follow their true passions. Harnessing passion and forging it into bankable success is what we encourage our members to do, and this Business Speaker Series gives them a chance to directly ask seasoned professionals how they accomplished that very thing.” said Jamila Lasante, Catapult’s Board Marketing & Communications Chair
The Mayor of Portsmouth appointed Chase Bailey, owner of Left Bank Films and writer/director of Crooked Lane, to the local board of Portsmouth Public Media, in charge of public access media in the area.
The Music Hall Presents: March Wildcard Movies, Shorts in Ports on Thursday March 18, 2010 at 7:00pm
“Six fantastic short films from talented filmmakers.”
– Chase Bailey, guest curator
Post film Q+A with the directors! Official Social Media Hashtag: #shortport
Portsmouth, New Hampshire – The Music Hall’s Wildcard Movie for March is Shorts in Ports, scheduled for Thursday March 18 at 7pm. The night includes six award winning short films that will be shown on the big screen: Crooked Lane, The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of The Suicide Brothers, The Toll, Sniffer, Ana’s Playground, and West Bank Story. Actors such as Keira Knightley, Rupert Friend, Ann Cusack, and Brett Cullen star in the films. According to Chris Curtis, Film and Outreach Coordinator for The Music Hall, “Our description of our Wildcard Movie series is: ‘Once each month. One night only. Rare, random, relevant. Expect Surprises.’ For the month of March, we decided to lean towards ‘Expect Surprises’ and we’ve brought in a guest curator – local filmmaker Chase Bailey of Left Bank Films. Come get a taste of local filmmaking and culture at its best with this exclusive opportunity to view all these remarkable films the same evening.”
Of the March Wildcard, Chase said, “I am pleased to present six fantastic short films from some talented filmmakers, all of which have won awards, including an Oscar and a Palme D’Or. We are excited to bring to you this opportunity to see all of these amazing films, together, that you might otherwise not get to see.”
In addition to the Oscar and a Palme D’Or, these films have received accolades at festivals around the country. At the end of the evening, the audience will have the rare opportunity to speak with many of the films’ directors and producers during the Q&A, providing the chance to get a more in-depth analysis of the films, and a real feel for the local talent that surrounds the Seacoast. In attendance will be film directors: The Toll – J. Zachary Pike and Marc Dole; Crooked Lane – Chase Bailey; Ana’s Playground – Eric Howell; and film producers: Sniffer – Glen Gardner (and Chase Bailey).
About the directors and producers
Chase Bailey, Guest Curator, and Crooked Lane
Chase Bailey is both a filmmaker and an artist with a passion for storytelling. The owner of Left Bank Films, based in Portsmouth, NH and Paris, France, he wrote and directed the paranormal short drama Crooked Lane, and has produced such films as The Libertine and The Life Before Her Eyes. As a painter, he currently has work being showcased in a traveling exhibit focused on artistic interpretations of the Dalai Lama.
Marc Dole, The Toll
Founder, CEO, Hatchling Studios, a multi award-winning New England based Animation and Interactive studio serving corporate and entertainment clients since 1999. Since starting in the industry, he has consistently pushed the merger of computers, video, film, and interactivity. Hatchling is a convergence of these skills and of talented artists and technicians that bring the projects to life.
Producer – “The Toll” – CGI Animated short mockumentary interview with a bridge troll. Winner of 9 Animation awards and 1 Comedy Award
Producer – “Endurance Challenge” – Webisode series starring voice actor Billy West
Zachary Pike, The Toll
Producer currently working on contract gigs while pursuing a new short, and possibly higher education. Former Creative Director, Animation, Writer, VP of Animation Services, Hatchling Studios. Worked on developing the majority of Hatchling’s properties for film and TV. Wrote and directed spots for Reebok, Liberty Mutual, NBC, Charmin, Signiant, and Duracell. Specialties include:
3D Animation, Directing, Screenwriting, and Creative.
Wrote and Directed “The Toll,” a mockumentary short that has attended over 60 festivals worldwide and won 10 awards.
Wrote and Directed Signiant: Media Rush, a trade show animation that won a 2007 Silver Create Award.
Co-Created, Wrote, and Co-Directed Hatchling’s Endurance Challenge: Mordred’s Isle, starring Billy West.
Eric Howell, Ana’s Playground
Immersed in film since the age of 10, Eric was a pioneer in the industry when his film The Interview became the first to be shot on film and debuted online. With Ana’s Playground he has taken a fresh look at the effects of war on children, bringing that awareness to the screen.
Crooked Lane: http://www.viddler.com/explore/crookedlane/videos/40/
About Wildcard Movies
Once each month. One night only. Rare, random, relevant. Expect Surprises.
Tickets for Shorts in Ports
Shorts in Ports will be shown Thursday March 18 at 7pm. Tickets are $8.50 and can be purchased now at the box office (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire), by phone at 603.436.2400, or online at www.themusichall.org
Wildcard Movie Sponsors
BayRing Communications; Cocked Hat Ventures, LLC; Homewood Suites by Hilton in Portsmouth, NH; New Hampshire Public Radio; Hawthorn Publications
About Extraordinary Cinema
Great films. Enormous screen. Unrivaled ambiance. Knowledgeable Curator. Post-film discussions. An experience unlike anything else on the Seacoast. Featuring a new title every week between September and May; SummerFilm; the monthly Wildcard Movies, Screen Classics and KidsRULE! Movies; and the celebrated Telluride by the Sea each fall.
Van McLeod is the Commissioner of NH Cultural Resources. It’s his job to enhance the cultural resources NH already has, and to bring more to the area. He tells us a bit about what that and the film location means to him, and about his relationship to the film and friendship with Chase Bailey.
I love this video of David and Brian. They had this quirky sense of humor the entire week of filming. They are talking a bit about sound mixing in a downtown location, and the noise of the RED Camera (and by “they” we mean David):
During a delightful (and mysteriously sunny) Sunday afternoon on the outdoor deck of the Oarhouse in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I sat down with Chase Bailey, writer and director of Crooked Lane, over a light lunch and asked him about the inspiration behind the movie.
He leaned forward with a slight smile and breathed sharply through his teeth. “Ah, that,” he said at last. “A few years ago, I remember running across this remote graveyard in Brookfield, New Hampshire. I was with my wife and brother-in-law at the time, and they told me [that] this was one of the ‘unmarked’ cemeteries. I asked them why they weren’t marked, and they told me it was because there were no bodies buried there.” A slight wind picked up off the glassy surface of the Piscataqua, momentarily chilling the exposed skin of my forearms. I shivered briefly. No bodies?
No bodies. “I have now seen four of these cemeteries in various remote locations, and I began to hear this phrase – what was it again? – oh, yes … Les Cimetieres des Abbatus. Cemeteries of the Culled, is what it roughly translates to. I naturally began investigating.”
I asked him if the Internet was any help. “Funnily enough,” he said, “I couldn’t find much information on the web, but by talking to old-time residents whose roots stretch back generations, I found that these gravestones were put there for missing people. Missing people, all from the same families – and they all turned out to be women and children! Something was taking place in these families, [something] was just decimating [them].”
He sat back in his chair and took a sip of his wine. “Especially,” he said, “the women and the children. And that’s what piqued my curiosity and helped me start the process of writing Crooked Lane.”
… to be followed, again, shortly …
During a recent chat with writer/director Chase Bailey, it has come to light that Crooked Lane is actually inspired by a myriad of mysterious happenstances that have been playing out in the Northeast for hundreds of years, spanning several generations of New Englanders and French Canadians.
Although many details tend to be a bit foggy and sources range from the vague to the mysteriously effusive, the bottom line is that a disproportionately large number of people have been simply disappearing off the face of the Earth under dubious circumstances for quite some time. While this in itself doesn’t necessarily warrant the ringing of any sirens of alarm, this fact — and this fact alone — should give one pause and maybe reconsider what forces may — unseen and malevolent — surround us:
The vast majority of the missing have been women and children and — here’s the kicker — from the same families, to boot. This in itself makes it quite an odd series of events, indeed.
Where legend and fact intersect may never actually be known by anybody, ever, but this much is known: Stories were told, and rumors spread easily, especially amongst the earlier inhabitants of New England. In the areas surrounding Quebec, these events were (and still are, in some circles) known as “Les Temps des Abattus.”
Or, in English, “The Times of the Culled.”
The clear majority of these instances occurred before the advent of television, radio, and the Internet — so stories were often told in the safety of taverns, inns, and especially on the docks near Portsmouth on the banks of the Piscataqua River, ever since the year 1623 when “Piscataqua” was first spelled the way you and I spell it now, comfortably here in modern times.
… to be followed, shortly …