When New Hampshire director Aaron Wiederspahn premiered his movie “The Sensation of Sight” in Keene in 2007, his enthusiastic audience made it clear that the town supports independent cinema. That’s when Wiederspahn and his colleagues started thinking that Keene might be a good place for a film festival. Six years later, that festival is a go. The first-ever Monadnock International Film Festival runs from April 4 to 6. It’ll feature seven films and eight shorts, including the drama “Somewhere Slow” (above right), which stars “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck” actress Jessalyn Gilsig, who’ll be in Keene for the screening, and the short “The Learning Curve,” featuring “Criminal Minds” actor Matthew Gray Gubler , who’ll also be in town for the festivities. Festival director Laina Barakat, who worked with Wiederspahn on “Sight” (which starred Ian Somerhalder and David Strathairn) tells us that you can still get passes to movies and parties. She also tells us she’s hoping for some warm weather. “Next year we’re going to push it later in April,” she said, laughing.
Keene prepares for Monadnock film festival
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