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New Hampshire Film Festival ends with Foley tribute

John and Diane Foley with Ross Kauffman at the New Hampshire Film Festival.

Mark Couture

John and Diane Foley with Ross Kauffman at the New Hampshire Film Festival.

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The New Hampshire Film Festival wrapped in Portsmouth Sunday with a tribute to James Foley, the New Hampshire journalist killed by Islamic State militants in August. Foley contributed to the festival documentary “E-Team,” about the Human Rights Watch Emergencies Team. The film’s co-director, Ross Kauffman, who won an Oscar for 2004’s “Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids,” appeared onstage with Foley’s parents, John and Diane, and explained that Foley filmed “E-Team” scenes in Libya when the documentary’s crew was unavailable. The Foleys, who are creating a fund in their son’s name to help families of US hostages, got a standing ovation from the crowd. According to the festival, John told them, “Jim’s laughing because he knows how much I like to speak.” “E-Team” won the New Hampshire Film Festival award for Best Documentary. Best Feature went to “Low Down.” The Audience Choice Feature went to “Manhattan Romance,” which was made by (and costars) Tom O’Brien, the Massachusetts native who made 2012’s local film “Fairhaven.”

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