Friday, January 16, 2009

Filmed in New Hampshire

I watched a netflick last night that was filmed in Peterborough, New Hampshire: The Sensation of Sight (2006) staring David Strathairn and Jane Adams. The synopsis from Netflix reads "Blaming himself for a tragedy involving one of his students, English teacher Finn leaves his job and family, moves into a boarding house and sells encyclopedias door-to-door in this dreamlike indie drama. As he makes his way through his small New England town, Finn connects with some of the local residents, attracts the attention of single mother Alice and is haunted by a ghost who trails him relentlessly."

This film takes a bit of effort to follow and it moves rather slowly and deliberately at times but I'm glad I stayed with it. David Strathairn is perfect in his role of the suffering teacher and I found it interesting to contrast his performance here as Finn with the despicable character of Truman Lester in A Good Baby (1998).

I recently encountered Jane Adams (who plays a great "on-the-edge" mom) in Jennifer Jason Leigh's dark indie drama The Anniversary Party (which also features Parker Posey, Kevin Kline and Gwyneth Paltrow).

Also of interest. . . Peterborough is home to The MacDowell Colony . Artists may apply for four week to two month residencies at the colony which supplies meals and private studios. There are between 20 and 30 artists (including writers, visual artists, performance artists) at any given time. The colony is open year-round and their web site has some lovely winter photos taken on their grounds.

I seem to recall a film about a female assemblage artist (filmed in black and white?) which may have been set at The MacDowell Colony. Something seen on IFC a few years ago. This is going to bug me until I figure it out!

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