A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Sunday, May 31, 2009


WORCESTER – The local team behind the upcoming feature film “Snowflake” will be hosting a free screening of their "teaser" trailer at the Mansion House, the Worcester nightclub where most of it was shot, on Saturday, June 6, at 8:30 p.m.

The locations for the two-day shoot on April 24th and 25th included a private home in Weston and the very stage at the Mansion House where the trailer will be screened. “Snowflake” is the story of Jesse Ashton, a 20-year-old white female rapper played by Atlanta actress and break-dancer Katherine “Kat” Slatery and produced by Worcester’s own Goldilocks Productions.

The film follows Snowflake as she tries to transcend barriers of both race and gender while competing in the gritty urban hip-hop scene. The full-length feature is slated to be filmed in the Worcester area this fall. The teaser trailer will be shown at a “Snowflake” party the producers are co-hosting at the American Black Film Festival in Miami next month.

In addition to the Mansion house, a number of Worcester businesses donated goods and services to the cast and crew for the recent trailer shoot including On the Rise Bakery, Jumpin’ Juice & Java, O'Connor’s Restaurant, and Muncheez Pizza.

“Contributions from businesses like these make it possible for independent filmmakers like us to work here in New England,” noted producer Kristen Lucas. “We’re proud to make “Snowflake” a Worcester production and invite people to come down and see the trailer for a preview of what’s to come.”

Among the local filmmakers who worked with Lucas on the “Snowflake” teaser are co-producer Amy Devlin of Goldilocks Productions and music supervisor Keith “Klep” Napier.

For more information on “Snowflake” please contact Kristen Lucas at kristen@snowflake-movie.com or go to www.snowflake-movie.com.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Great Tomato Giveaway and Gardener's Fair is Saturday

There is going to be a great event on Saturday at the Sturbridge Common. Ellen Duzak and friends have put it together and below is an excerpt from my article (more shameless self promotion) in The Sturbridge Times Magazine.

The Great Tomato Plant Giveaway and Gardeners Fair (will) be held at the Sturbridge Common on the 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You might remember the old Worcester institution, Spag’s. You could tell Spring was here as they would give away free tomatoes. Many a person from Central Mass had the pleasure of that first tomato sandwich of Summer courtesy of Mr. Borgatti’s store. No one can bring Spag's back but you will be able to take home a seedling to put in your garden just in time for planting season. Ellen hopes it will inspire folks to raise their own and eat locally.

At the fair will be twenty booths. There will be farmers, nurseries, as well as private citizens with perennials, vegetables and herbs. You can go from booth to booth to get all you will need for your garden. If you want more than just the garden, check the cookbooks to help you use what you grow.

Lambs from Old Sturbridge Village will come. The Southbridge Garden Club will sponsor Lynn Hartman of Hartman’s Herb Farm to talk about container gardens and raised beds. There will be no lack of childrens’ events. About noon, local performer, Rob Adams will be there singing with friends. It will be a full day.

If you would like to read my article (and everyone else's) you can click the Sturbridge Times Link to the right and go to page 11. Or you can pick up a print copy at one of the locations below. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Monday, May 25, 2009

New TV Night a success

I don’t like to travel too far from my comfort zone of Central Massachusetts. If I am going to hit the road on that piece of real highway robbery, The Mass Pike, I hope the trip is for something worthwhile.

So it was with hope I traveled to Ken’s Steakhouse in Framingham on Friday night. The Our TV Space folks with headquarters in Sturbridge, are always making an effort to make something happen in new media. I’d hate to see their efforts go for naught. And the denouement? An overflow crowd showed up for New TV Night. Odd to say for a writer, but I’m not the best schmoozer, but even I enjoyed mingling with the liked minded folk who were networking or just enjoying themselves.

There were a lot of trailers shown. The trailer for Kristen Lucas’ Snowflake, had a great twist for its ending (I’ll be posting more about this during the week).

Locals who went to Hollywood to make a movie brought it home. The trailer for Still Green had a lot of California sunshine. Georgia Menides wrote Still Green. Young as she is, this is hardly her first credit. Doug Lloyd, producer, also has other experience. Probably most interesting to Massachusetts fans is that he has worked with the Longview Recording Studio in North Brookfield. Associate Producer, Paul C. McKinney, graduated from Nichols and escaped from the corporate world. You can see it at the Coolidge Corner Theater May 27 an 28.

David Garfield showed the trailer from the suitcase. This is a movie with baggage.

I got to speak with David Lisle, who is trying to do something in Central Massachusetts (maybe). He is working on a web series, Soul Stealers. More about this in the future.

There were other trailers that were shown and deserve mention, but I have only so much time.

Part of what the Our TV Space folks are trying to do is internet commercials. The market for the product is projected to be vast. They premiered their first one on Friday. It was well enough done that we watched it twice.

I spoke with a lot of people during the evening and am ashamed to say, I forgot a lot of names. There were other trailers as well. It was all fun.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

For a good time, go to West Brookfield on Saturday for the Asparagus Festival

I know this is a Brimfield weekend, but the show goes on for days. The Asparagus Festival is one day a year and it is this Saturday May 16 on the West Brookfield Common, a spot Norman Rockwell should have painted.

There will be music from the eclectic style of Dick Chase. Local violin virtuoso, Samantha Gillogly will also play. Lots of kids' activities are going to be on tap. Of course, Asparagus in all its forms, i.e. as plants or food, will abound. West Brookfield is where asparagus cultivation started in this country. Be a part of history this weekend.

If you want more information, click on the link for the Sturbridge Times Magazine to the right and view page 5 for my article (more shameless self promotion) about the day.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Filming a web commercial

Above, Adam Garfield, DP and Co-Director of OurTvSpace New Media Fellow Commercial Shoot!

So why do I harp on the new media activities that are going on at OurTvSpace in Sturbridge? Well, because the offices and studios at the Sturbridge Marketplace represent a serious investment. Clearly, the impresarios, Doug and Melinda Kirkpatrick are making an effort to turn the facility into the capital of new media in Massachusetts.

They keep trying new stuff. The recently recorded FoodPerfectTv episode should be ready soon enough. Not content to stop there, yesterday they recorded a web commercial. The commercial will promote The New Media Fellowship (link at right), a scriptwriting course of study and work for which a stipend has been advanced.

Above:Rodrigo Santos as "Joe the Writer"!

So the two merge here. Is there a synergy? Sometimes it seems all culture, if not all life is migrating to the web. We see daily newspapers die because of the internet competition of easily accessible news and the replacement of the classified by sites such as Craigslist and Monster. Will broadcast and cable news be next. Heck, I listen to my favorite radio station streamed so why not just get it all web based? I do loathe the idea of movies all being straight to the net, but will Hulu showing the way, there may be an inevitability.

Of course, the path is not even beginning to be known and how it will be played out is anyone’s guess. With that in mind, Doug has started The New England Web Tv Association (NEWTvA). It is a networking group for producers, talent or crew interested in web programming. There will be a monthly event to that end. The first NewTVNight will be Friday, May 22, 2009. Location to be determined.

Victoria Saunders plays "Carrie" the OurTvSpace New Media Fellow Host!

Rober Pfeiffer on Sound on the OurTvSpace New Media Fellow Shoot!

Watch this space.