PORTSMOUTH — TV sitcom star Mike O'Malley, actor and director Tommy Chong and author Joyce Maynard will all be guests of the 12th annual New Hampshire Film Festival.
The event will be held Oct. 11-14 at venues throughout downtown Portsmouth.
“We are so excited to be welcoming such a diverse and talented group of guests to the New Hampshire Film Festival this year,” said Festival Executive Director Nicole Gregg. “They all have special connections to New Hampshire, and we're so glad that they're going to join us for this amazing weekend of films, panels and parties.”
O'Malley was born in Boston, raised in New Hampshire, and attended the University of New Hampshire. He has appeared in the CBS sitcom “Yes, Dear," Fox's “Glee," and in movies including “Leatherheads," “Eat Pray Love” and “Cedar Rapids”. He has made guest appearances on “Parenthood”, “My Name is Earl," and “Parks and Recreation." He is also a published playwright, and is currently a writer on the third season of the hit Showtime show “Shameless”. He will be at the festival promoting his film “Certainty." O'Malley wrote and co-produced the film.
“Certainty” is about a 20-something couple, Dom and Deb, who are finally getting married after a long relationship. But before they can tie the knot, they must participate in a "Pre Cana" retreat, the mandatory course for couples looking to be married by the Catholic Church.
“Certainty” will open theatrically in New York on Nov. 30 and will be available on Movies on Demand, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video,YouTube Rentals, Cinemanow, Playstation, XBOX, and Vudu, starting on Nov 27.
“Certainty” will be screened during the New Hampshire Film Festival's New Hampshire Night, Thursday Oct. 11. Stay tuned to www.nhfilmfestival.com for scheduling information.
Chong is a Canadian-American actor and director, most famous for being one half of the stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong, alongside Cheech Marin, and for playing Leo on “That 70s Show”. He was a guest of the festival last year, and his daughter, actress Rae Dawn Chong, is a member of the NHFF board. Chong is promoting his latest film, “Cheech and Chong's Animated Movie”.
Joyce Maynard is a native of Durham and a longtime resident of Hillsboro and Keene. Maynard is the author of 14 books, including the best-selling memoir, "At Home in the World" and the novel "To Die For," which was adapted into a film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Nicole Kidman. Maynard's novel "Labor Day," set in New Hampshire, was adapted for the screen by Jason Reitman, who is also directing the film, which stars Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. Maynard will be judging the NHFF Screenplay Contest.