Monadnock Documentary

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About Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone documentary.

  • Dedicated to the late David Knight of Marlborough NH, a respected community leader who appreciated Mount Monadnock and hiked it frequently
  • Endorsed by Monadnock Conservancy and Society For The Protection of NH Forest (Forest Society),  Harris Center For Conservation Education
  • Sponsors: Monadnock Imaging, RJ Sports, True North Networks
  • Grant Support: New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Bean Family Foundation. The Faulkner Family Fund.
  • 12 filmed interviews and 25 hours of high-definition footage on Mount Monadnock completed
  • 500 archival photographs and post cards compiled and scanned
  • Aerial footage of Mount Monadnock filmed by Kyle Meyerrose
  • Music composed by Lawrence Siegel and recorded by Apple Hill String Quartet
  • Several vital tasks still need funding in post-production
  • Total budget is $150,000.00
  • Need $25,000 to complete film

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rabbit Ear Films, a local non-profit film company, recently completed a collaboration with Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, in Nelson, to record music for its documentary film Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone.

 

The Apple Hill String Quartet recorded compositions by composer Lawrence Siegel of Westmoreland. The music for the film Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone was adapted from Monadnock Tales, a symphonic poem with spoken narrative, a collaboration between composer Lawrence Siegel and poet Edie Clark.

Siegel has been recognized for his work “Kaddish”. With words taken directly from interviews with survivors of the Holocaust, Kaddish is an innovative, engaging, and inspiring new work for chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra by Lawrence Siegel. Kaddish is intended to raise awareness and address the issue of genocide as an ongoing global crisis. By singing the actual words of Holocaust survivors, Kaddish creates empathy in its audience. With its passionate story of the redemptive power of the simple virtues of daily living, Kaddish motivates its audience to take a stand against genocide.

The Apple Hill String Quartet has earned accolades from around the world for their interpretive mastery of such traditional repertoire as Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Ravel — along with their special dedication to seldom heard masterworks and contemporary music. They have performed concerts extensively throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia as part of Apple Hill’s innovativePlaying for Peace™ program.

The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music recording session was coordinated by Daniel J. White, of Keene, the Producer/Editor for Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone and Leonard Matczynski who isExecutive and Artistic Director at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.

Matczynski makes decisions that shape Apple Hill’s performance and administrative structure, its concert and touring programs, the Playing for Peace™ initiative, its long-range plans, and the development of new programs.

White, an Associate Editor and Associate Producer at Florentine Films, in Walpole, is currently an associate producer on a twelve-hour, six-part series on the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

The film Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone will be a feature length high-definition documentary about the rich history of Mount Monadnock that will inspire and enrich people locally, regionally and beyond. No historical documentary of Mount Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in the Western Hemisphere, has been done before.

For further information about the film please call Executive Producer Steve Hooper at (603) 762-3071.

 

 

LAWRENCE SIEGEL TO COMPOSE MUSIC FOR FILM  January, 2013

Larry Siegel of Westmoreland, NH is collaborating with Rabbit Ear Films to compose music for the film Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone based on his original composition of Monadnock Tales.

The complete work entitled Monadnock Tales is the result of a collaboration between composer Larry Siegel and writer Edie Clark. Together they created a work that arises from and reflects a love of the mountain and the Monadnock Region. Edie Clark’s words start and end with the mountain itself, a “great gray granite blade.” Along the way they tell of wolves and fires, farmers and pilgrims – the many who have written, painted, sung, danced, and climbed the mountain.

Monadnock Tales, (Lawrence Siegel, music composer) a large-scale symphonic work with a narrated text premiered in May 2002 at Keene, New Hampshire’s Colonial Theater in a performance by the Keene Chamber Orchestra under Eric Stumacher, with Lewis Feldstein, President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, as narrator. The concert was repeated in March 2003. A chamber version with Thomas Putnam narrating and Siegel conducting premiered in November 2005.

Siegel has been recognized for his work “Kaddish”.

With words taken directly from interviews with survivors of the Holocaust, Kaddish is an innovative, engaging, and inspiring new work for chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra by Lawrence Siegel. Kaddish is intended to raise awareness and address the issue of genocide as an ongoing global crisis. By singing the actual words of Holocaust survivors, Kaddish creates empathy in its audience. With its passionate story of the redemptive power of the simple virtues of daily living, Kaddish motivates its audience to take a stand against genocide.

A Special Concert Kaddish performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, at Yad Vashem, September 8, 2011

“Kaddish”, music and libretto by Dr. Lawrence Siegel, was performed in the presence of the Speaker of the Knesset, the Honorable Reuvin Riflin. This by invitation concert took place on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Warsaw Ghetto Squre, Yad Vashem Har Hazilkaron, Jerusalem. The concert featured Gil Shohat conducting the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra with soloists, Maria Jette, soprano, Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano, Thomas Cooley, tenor, James Bohn, baritone, and The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble, Chorusmaster Yuval Ben-Ozer.

 

FILM DEDICATED TO THE LATE DAVID KNIGHT OF MARLBOROUGH, NH

 

The film Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone will be a feature length high-definition documentary about the rich history of Mount Monadnock that will inspire and enrich people locally, regionally and beyond. No historical documentary of Mount Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in the Western Hemisphere, has been done before.
Our filmmaking company is in the final phase of post-production that is the costliest. Research and production is near completion. This has been a three-year effort with film completion targeted for May 2013.

About Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone documentary.

• Dedicated to the late David Knight of Marlborough NH, a respected community leader who appreciated Mount Monadnock and hiked it frequently

• Endorsed by Monadnock Conservancy and Society For The Protection of NH Forest (Forest Society), Harris Center For Conservation Education

• Sponsors: Monadnock Imaging, RJ Sports, True North Networks

• Grant Support: New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Bean Family Foundation. The Faulkner Family Fund.

• 12 filmed interviews and 25 hours of high-def footage on Mount Monadnock completed

• 500 archival photographs and post cards compiled and scanned

• Many vital tasks still need funding in production and off-line editing

• Total budget is $150,000.00

• Need $10,000.00 to complete film

For further information about Reaching The Summit art show benefit, contact Steve Hooper at (603) 357-8356

monadnockfilm.com

facebook.com/rabbitearfilms

REACHING THE SUMMIT FUNDRAISER PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Award winning artist, Linda Dessaint has always lived in New England. She is inspired by the ever changing light and beauty in the mountains, streams, and meadows surrounding her home. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Painters of Maine. Linda also enjoys professional affiliations with other groups, including the New Hampshire Pastel Society and the Monadnock Area Art Association.
She studied art with the late Russ Russell of Antrim, Robert Carsten,PSA of Vermont, master painter Albert Handell of New Mexico, and most recently Richard McKinley, PSA of Oregon.
Linda’s artwork is found in many private collections throughout the US and abroad. Her studio on Main Street in Antrim New Hampshire is open by appointment or chance.

Linda Dessaint Fine Art
www.lindadessaint.com

Alicia K. Geilenberg – Drakiotes has lived more than half a century in the Monadnock region. She is an award – winning local artist who received a BA in Visual Communications from Keene State College. She currently paints full time in the Monadnock Region of NH and throughout rural New England. Most recent works reflect a painterly style infused with color and are inspired by native New England landscape, Vintage Americana and agriculture.

Drakiotes is featured in exhibitions throughout the region as well as juried National and International exhibitions. She is a juried artist member at Vault Gallery, Springfield, Vt, and is a member of The Cahoon Museum, Sharon Art Center, Oil Painters of America.

This varied artist archives paintings that are bold and rich in color, yet reflective of nature and New England lifestyle. Her works are in private collections throughout the US and Internationally. Drakiotes works can be viewed by appointment at her Early Sunrise Studio in Marlborough, NH.

Artist Statement:
“Painting local landscapes or favorite places along with the gentle agriculture of this area are among my favored subjects”.

Mary Iselin is a professional artist whose paintings in oil are luminous and filled with light. She sees the horse as a bridge connecting spirit with everyday reality. The sheep and lambs which become her models are chosen for the ability of their fleece to “take the light.” And her landscape motifs are selected for their special qualities of light, color, and atmosphere. “I paint horses the way some artists would paint a bowl of fruit: as a vehicle to explore light, color, atmosphere, and, most of all, spirit.”

“The longer I paint, (and I have been painting most of my life), the more I feel that the point is to just paint. Techniques can be learned, styles can be copied, but, when all is said and done, it is the artist’s honest response to his motif that creates art.”

Mary Iselin is known for her light-filled, luminous paintings of lambs, sheep, and other farm animals, as well as for her plein air landscapes. She has spent the last thirty years on a working farm in the Mondadnock region of NH, so her subject matter is all around her, and she knows it well. She feels extremely grateful to have outside animal chores to attend to twice daily, at dawn and dusk, because that is when the light is most inspirational. And each spring she awaits the birth of her “new models.”

Iselin is a full-time artist, and also makes time to teach at the Sharon School of Art in Sharon, NH. She is represented by Monadnock Fine Art Gallery in Keene, Sharon Arts in Peterborough Vermont Artisans, Brattleboro, VT, and Equidae Gallery in Saratoga, NY.

Chris Reid of Jaffrey.

Please visit her web site:http://www.chrisreidstudio.com/News.html

David Dodge paints landscapes, primarily en plein air, and is a continual student of nature and traditional landscape art. His love of the outdoors and the landscape began while growing up in the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire, where the farmland looks to Mount Ascutney. He now lives in the Monadnock region and finds New Hampshire’s rugged and varied landscape a constant inspiration.
For Dodge, the urge to paint is somewhat mystical, hard to describe. “When I see something interesting, I feel need to explore and paint. Thoreau said ‘each experience reduces itself to a mood in the mind.’ If I can get some of that into a painting, it’s been a good day.”
He is a past President of Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Art Colony, Dublin, NH; and a member of Left Bank Artists Group and Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH; The New Hampshire Art Association; and the Sedona Art Center, Sedona Arizona.

Jeffrey Newcomer has been a physician practicing in New Hampshire and Vermont for over 30 years. Over that time, as a member of the Conservation Commission in his home of Chesterfield New Hampshire, he has used his photography to promote the protection and appreciation of the town’s wild lands. In recent years he has been transitioning his focus from medicine to photography, writing and teaching. Jeff enjoys photographing throughout New England, but has concentrated on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont and has had a long term artistic relationship with Mount Monadnock. He is a featured artist in a number of local galleries and his work is often seen in regional print, web publications and in business installations throughout the country. For years Jeff has published a calendar celebrating the beauty of The New England country-side in all seasons. All of the proceeds from his New England Reflections Calendar have gone to support the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Cheshire Medical Center.
Jeff has a strong commitment to sharing his excitement about the special beauty of our region and publishes a weekly blog about photography in New England. He is also a member of the New England Photography Guild, which promotes the work of a group of local photographers. Jeff lives with his wife Susan and their dog Nellie in the small village of Spofford, NH. He feels that one of his most important photographic goals is to make New England sufficiently attractive to draw his two children back from their current, self-imposed, exiles in Washington DC and New York city. He has nightmares about a daughter-in-law who is a Yankees fan!
Jeff is trilled about the opportunity to contribute to Rabbit Ear Film’s Monadnock documentary. He has been focusing on capturing high definition video of the mountain and its surroundings, and has found it an exciting challenge to adapt his still photography experience to this new media.
Jeff’s work can be seen at shows throughout the region._Jeff’s Web Gallery: www.partridgebrookreflections.com

Sienna M. Giffin is a fourth generation artist originally from Harrisville who has been painting for nearly 25 years. She studied under the guidance of her late mother Lenoria Merrifield, an accomplished oil painter in her own right, then later under Monadnock area artists including Peter Granucci. She has taught art to children and teens at the Moco Arts of Keene for five years and also ran off-site resident art programs for seniors and Alzheimer’s patients. She is currently opening The Brick Mill Center for Art in Harrisville, NH. “Painting allows me to reveal the softness and quiet of my surroundings and share the unique characteristics of the landscape,” she said.

Donna Bascom Lund

396 Gilsum Mine Rd.

Alstead, NH 03602

(603) 835-2387

Donna Lund lives with her husband Perley in picturesque East Alstead, New Hampshire. She attended area schools and graduated from Fall Mountain Regional High School in 1972 and Green Mountain College in 1974 with an Associate of Arts degree.

Favorite subjects are landscape and architecture in watercolor or soft pastels. Observers have described her work as calm and peaceful. The play of light and shadow on color and the beauty of nature inspire her. She received first place in the watercolor category at Art in the Park, Keene for the last two years. Her paintings are collected throughout New England and as faraway as Hawaii and India. She is a member of the Walpole Artisan Coop, Monadnock Area Art Association and the Saxtons River Art Guild.

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Dave Anderson of the Forest Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monadnock State Park Managers Summit

 

9/7/12

 

Left to right: Charlie Royce, Ben Haubrich, Andrew Zboray and Patrick Hummel. PHOTO BY STEVE HOOPER

Monadnock Manager’s Meeting 9/7/2012

Jackie Stetser of Rabbit Ear Films reporting.

On September 7, 2012 at 7 pm, three of the past Monadnock State Park Managers, along with the current manager met to discuss the joys, threats and challenges of running New Hampshire’s busiest State Park.

Facilitator Dave Anderson, Director of Education at the Forest Society, asked about their accomplishments.

Charlie Royce,(1962-1972) park manager for 10 years, discussed the removal of the old Falcon Cabin and the summit snack stand. The park closed the Toll Rd. to traffic, built the Eco-Center and new bathrooms. The Park Manager position was a seasonal position, going from May to October. The winter rescues were compensated.

Ben Haubrich (1972-1993) discussed expansion funds for Gilson Pond. During his 21 year tenure, the manager’s position became year-round. In 1986, the ban on pets began, and removal of trash cans. It was in 1988 that the park started collecting fees. The cross country ski trails were created, and staffing started at the Old Toll Rd. parking lot.

Andrew Zboray (2000-2008) discussed the opening of the new campground at Gilsom Pond and relocation of the lower section of the Dublin trail (Farmer’s Trail).

Patrick Hummel(2008-present discussed the Columbus Day weekend 2010 as the busiest weekend on record, with over 10,000 visitors to the park, and December 11, 2008 ice storm as the worst single night in the park’s history since the Hurricane of 1938. It took two days to clean the Poole Rd entrance to the park.

Dave Anderson, next asked the managers about the greatest threats that they faced.

Charlie Royce discussed trash as a big problem and the overcroweded campground. Ben Haubrich discussed the difficulties of working on a state budget. There were lots of people camping on Mt. Monadnock, and trail erosion made some trails 75 feet wide in spots.

Andrew Znoray and Patrick Hummel also discussed the difficulties of budget restraints and trail care. Over 80,000 people pass through the Monadnock State Park Headquarters each year.

Dave Anderson next asked the managers, “How have the visitors to the park changed?”

Charlie Royce explained that in the “60’s”, the picnic area had 75 fire pits and picnic tables with firewood provided by the park. There was a lot more trash in the park in those days.

Ben Haubrich discussed the fact that until 1974, only the main trails were listed. Hikers are much better educated today. He also tolked about the “Carry in-Carry out” policy of New Hampshire State Parks. Today there is less trash. When the “No Pet” policy went into effect in 1985, 2,000 people (with pets) were turned away. On New Year’s Day 1985, there was a mountain rescue of two hikers who climbed in an ice storm. Ben also talked about three plane crashes,

Andrew Zboray mentioned a Franklin Pierce student who was lost on Monadnock for two days, and a couple who made it through a NorEaster in January, 2003.

Patrick Hummel discussed rescues, and hikers who thought that the DM on the Dublin/Marlborough Trail stood for “down mountain”.

Governors on the mountain: Beatman Poole, Judd Gregg, Mel Thompson.

Celebrities include Fritz Weatherby, the Russian Alpine Team, Brad Washburn, Willem Lang, Charlie Bass and Bigfoot.

Dave Anderson next asked, “how has the mountain changed you?

Charlie Royce: “Monadnock is a place of reverence and a place for solitude.” “ Good, interesting people come here.”

Ben Haubrich: “As manager, I was married to Monadnock.” “Now Monadnock is a very good friend that I don’t see often enough.”

Andrew Zboray: “Making Monadnock open to as many people as possible is important to me. “Monadnock is an old friend and teacher.”

Patrick Hummel: “Monadnock is a classroom.” “Seeing people who love Monadnock is an important reason why we care for the mountain.”

Wildlife encounters with turkeys, deer, coyotes, bobcats, moose fisher cat and bear were talked about. The 25-30 regular volunteers with up to 500 hours of volunteer help on just one Friday to Tuesday Volunteer Opportunity was also talked about.

ENDORSEMENTS

“The Monadnock Conservancy is a land conservation organization. The values we ascribe to the land are those projected upon it by its human beholders, the people who see, feel, hear, and smell it. When we tell the story of the land, we tell it through the eyes of those who have experienced it. These stories, like the land itself, have the power to move people, sometimes across unimaginable distances. Rabbit Ear Films has wisely set out to tell the story of Mount Monadnock through those who have come to know it—the philosophers, farmers, poets, artists, foresters, and adventurers who have climbed it and described it in paint and verse. Some are icons of history and some are our humble neighbors, yet somehow we find something of ourselves in each of them.” Executive Director Ryan Owens–Monadnock Conservancy

“I write this letter to strongly support the production of the documentary Monadnock: The Mountain That Stands Alone. This film will provide the educational tool that demonstrates the ecological and cultural significance of Mount Monadnock for the people of this region and beyond. It will be the catalyst that draws even more people to the mountain.” Professor Peter Palmiotto-Antioch University New England

DETAILED LIST OF FILMING AND SCANS
as of 9/16/12

MONADNOCK-THE MOUNTAIN THAT STANDS ALONE

HD Interviews by Dan White:
Robert Goodby
Charlie Royce
Craig Brandon
Deb Pero
Larry Davis
Lee Willette
Garry Harrington
John Lagoulis
Judy Hall
Howard Mansfield
David Anderson
Joann Deacon (Hooper)

Hi-res Archival Scans:
Willette Collection-100
Fitzwilliam Library- 65
Fitzwilliam Historical Society
Judy Hall Collection-32
Jaffrey H.S.-18
Stewart Collection-45 prep continues
Greene Collection-35 (including 11 glass plates) prep continues
Leo Echavarria Collection-4

Medium-res Archival Scans:
Keene Public Library-80 (medium res)
Craig Brandon Scans for book-300 (medium res) Steve has CD’s

Steve Hooper HD Mountain Filming:
Monadnock trail clearing
Royce property
Perkins Pond
Mountains scenics Dublin side (in trailer)
Farm scene from Route 124 (in trailer)
Monadnock marriage proposal interview
Royce Property from Royce cabin
Mary Iselin painting at Perkins Pond
Royce property cattle grazing
Bigfoot hiking on Royce trail
Winter scenes Larry Davis hiking
Fauna at State Park base
Fauna at State Park base
Scenes from Perkins Pond (summit reveal)
Dianne Eno dance at summit Fall ‘10
Dianne Eno dance at summit Spring ‘11
Flora of trillium and Lady Slipper
Summit from Monadnock Cemetery in Troy
Summit from Troy (summit reveal)
Antioch MERE group, Pumpelly Cave, flora
Monadnock campground dedication
Lupines from Upton residence, more Mary Iselin
Howe property Marlborough side x2
Marlborough Trail winter hike
Monadnock Opera by Mountain Shadow students on Marlborough Trail Fall foliage from Marlborough side
Dublin side in summer
Joann Deacon hiking Marlborough Trail
Moonrise at Uptons (in trailer)
Upton sugarhouse sap boiling
Monte Rosa scenes
Horse foraging in snow on rt. 124
Geese on Perkins Pond
Eno at Colonial Theatre presentation
Hinkley Trail brook and ice
Forest Society land tour
Hiking with crampons

Timelapse of summit fog from Upton’s
Timelapse of summit clouds from Marlborough

Daniel White HD Mountain footage:
Various scenes on Mountain

Jeffrey Newcomer HD Mountain footage:
1. Eno Dance Monadnock 11/17/09 2 discs

2. Monadnock Winter 2010 #1
Monadnock & Foreground Tree (X2, 2ND BETTER)
Monadnock from Marlborough, fence, smoke from house
Closer on House & Mt.
Branches with Monadnock. A number of bad tries to focus from one to the other (jittery) (X3)|
Branches, Smoke, Mt. . Branches not sharp
Monadnock from Marlborough, fence, smoke from house x2 (different angle and exposures (x2)
MT through iced branches from 101 (x6)
Mt from hill across Dublin Lake (x4), 2nd long lens(atmospheric boil),
Mt with porch to the side (x3)
Mt barn foreground
Mt ridge (x2) (not greatest angle on Mt)
Stream & Ridge
Trees & Barn Mt ridge
Mt through trees (x2)
March to Mt (x3)
Mt top through blowing branches

3. Monadnock Winter 2010 #2,
Mt across Sheriden’s Field, Jaffrey with horse in pen & grazing
Though gap in trees, posted, Jaffrey
Mt through tree gap Marlborough (x4)
Sheep grazing (x2) first background out of focus

4. Summer Spring 2010-
Wildflowers Mt background (x7)
Fence forground
Tractor foreground (x3), Mt bit over exposed
Through Trees and flowers (x7)

More Winter Stuff: January 2011
Cemetery Statue & Mt
Winter Mt Top (boiling air)
White Bower
Farm & plow
Cows feeding at East Hill Farm, Troy (x9)
Mt & birch, East hill farm (x3)
Mt thru birches, Marlborough (x2)
Back to East Hill Farm sunset hillside and cows (x8)
Monadnock thru gap in trees Marlborough (x4)(3/11): (last nice wind & blowing leaves)
Timelapse of Monadnock at night
Timelapse of lake, boats and Monadnock

Larry Davis HD Mountain footage:
Blizzard hiking near summit
Jo Deacon climbing White Dot
Rope climbing Black Precipice

HV30 Larry Davis Mountain footage:
People, scenics, nature unless otherwise noted
Tape 1
Tape 2
Tape 3
Tape 4
Tape 5
Tape 6
Tape 7 Jaffrey fireworks from summit
Tape 8
Tape 9
Tape 10
Tape 11
Tape 12
Tape 13
Tape 14
Tape 15

Archival Film footage:
Laurie Bryan Collection DVD Dublin Lake (old 16mm reels available)
Monadnock Summit (DVD only) 30’s 0r 40’s no permission yet
Jaffrey Historical Society DVD Skating on Dublin Lake (old 8mm reels available)
Bernie Shapiro Collection DVD only Misc. hiking 1990’s