“A Bloodless Crime” Selected for Online New England Film Fest

Pilotgroove Pictures is back on the festival circuit following it’s appearance at the S.N.O.B. Film Festival. A Bloodless Crime is one of 8 films representing S.N.O.B in NewEnglandFilm.com‘s Online New England Film Festival. 

About the Online New England Film Festival:
Now in its 7th year, the Online New England Film Festival is a 45-day annual online event at the NewEnglandFilm.com website beginning on September 1, 2015 that showcases dozens of short local films that have screened at regional film festivals. Curated by the local film festival themselves, the Online Festival offers a diverse sampling of films with connections to each of the New England states.

The festival opens online on September 1 and will run through October 15. Juried winners in each genre category will be recognized at a live screening and awards ceremony at this year’s ITVFest, taking place on September 26th in Dover, Vermont.

Visit NewEnglandFilm.com, starting next week to watch A Bloodless Crime and the other 38 shorts selected to this year’s festival. 

“A Bloodless Crime” Selected for S.N.O.B. Film Festival

Critical recognition continues for A Bloodless Crime, which will return to theaters this November as an official selection of the Somewhat North Of Boston Film Festival. The 2014 short from Pilotgroove Pictures was one of 64 films announced by festival organizers yesterday to show November 6-9 in Concord, New Hampshire. The announcement continues a string of accolades for the film, which won an Audience Choice Award at 48 Hour Film Project, NH and was nominated for several other awards, including Best Writing and Best Actor (Dan Larson).

A Bloodless Crime has 2 scheduled screenings at this year’s festival:
Friday, 11/7 @ 2PM (Crime & Punishment block)
Saturday, 11/8 @ 4PM (New Hampshire block #2)

The S.N.O.B. Film Festival, now entering it’s fifth year, is a grassroots effort to showcase and support independent filmmaking. It brings films to northern New England from around the region and around the world, which audiences might not see otherwise. The 2014 festival marks the second S.N.O.B. selection for Pilotgroove Pictures. In 2011, Just Remember That They’re Dead won a festival selection and the award for Best Regional Filmmaker (P.J. Huot and Ben Peirce).

S.N.O.B also offers live music, craft beer tasting and nightlife. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy independent film and a cultural showcase for the Granite State. Mark your calendar now, for what promises to be an unforgettable weekend at the movies. Tickets are on-sale now.

“A Bloodless Crime” – Now Playing!

Recently named as the Audience Choice Award winner for Group B at the the 2014 New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project, Pilotgroove Pictures is proud to present: A Bloodless Crime.

“A Bloodless Crime”
48 Hour Film Project NH, 2014
 (Genre: Dark Comedy)
Directed by Ben Peirce and co-written by Peirce, P.J. Huot and RC Victorino, A Bloodless Crime  is the 7th film by Pilotgroove Pictures and 6th as part of the New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project. This dark comedy stars the all-star duo of Carlton Greene (Just Remember That They’re Dead) and Dan Larson (J.R.T.T.D., Clear the Cache). Jacqueline Dubois (Clear the Cache) returns as required character, Alexis Fleming, whose fate hangs in the balance with each passing second of this hilarious 5-minute maelstrom of lust, betrayal and murder.

This film was written, shot, edited and scored between June 20 and June 22, 2014. It was screened theatrically at Cinemagic in Hooksett, NH on June 25, 2014.  Copyright © 2014, Pilotgroove Pictures

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Witness “A Bloodless Crime” at the NH 48 Hr. Film Project Premiere

This weekend, 24 teams comprised of several hundred filmmakers descended on the granite state for the 6th annual New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project. The challenge: to write, shoot, edit and complete a short film in just 48 hours. And for the 6th year in a row, Pilotgroove Pictures would accept the challenge.

A Bloodless Crime is the seventh 48 hour film from Pilotgroove Pictures, who have competed in all of the New Hampshire festivals, and in New York in 2010. This year’s offering is a dark comedy starring the all-star duo of Carlton Greene (Just Remember That They’re Dead) and Dan Larson (J.R.T.T.D., Clear the Cache). Jacqueline Dubois (Clear the Cache) returns with an equally scandalous performance as required character, Alexis Fleming. Alexsis’ fate hangs in the balance with each passing second of this hilarious 5-minute maelstrom of betrayal, lust and murder. “It may not win an award, but in my opinion, it’s perfect,” says director Ben Peirce, who returns teamed with co-writers P.J. Huot and RC Victorino.

Come see A Bloodless Crime (and 10 other 48 hour films) at the NH 48 Hour Film Project (Block B) screening – Wednesday, June 25 at 9:30pm at Cinemagic in Hooksett, NH. A separate batch of 13 films plays at 6:30. Tickets purchased online or at the door for $10. Like Pilotgroove Pictures on Facebook for updates as the premiere approaches.


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The cast and crew on the set of “A Bloodless Crime”.
photo by Jacqueline Dubois

PILOTGROOVE PRESS: Prior to filming, producer, Ben Peirce spoke about the 48 Hour Film Project with Steve Boucher on New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath. Listen to the podcast here (interview starts at 2:30)

“Clear the Cache” – Now Playing!

Fresh off its premiere at the 2013 New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project, Pilotgroove Pictures proudly presents: Clear the Cache.

“Clear the Cache”
48 Hour Film Project NH, 2013
 (Genre: Mistaken Identity)
The 6th film by Pilotgroove Pictures and 5th as part of the 2013 New Hampshire 48 Hour Film ProjectClear the Cache stars Dan Larson (Just Remember That They’re Dead) as Charlie Price, an indentured bag man who calls on a mob fixer to get him out of trouble and gets the wrong kind of help. Written and directed by Ben Peirce and P.J. Huot, the film also stars Huot and newcomers, Kathy Sullivan and Jacqueline Dubois.

This film was written, shot, edited and scored between June 7 and June 9, 2013. It was screened theatrically at Cinemagic in Hooksett, NH on June 13, 2013.  Copyright © 2013, Pilotgroove Pictures

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“Clear the Cache” hits the big screen Thursday!

Clear-the-Cache-still4It’s June and we all know what that means. School is out, the Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing, summer blockbusters are hitting theaters, and the 48 Hour Film Project is back in the Granite State! Last weekend, 26 filmmaking teams took up the challenge to write, shoot, edit and complete a short film in just 48 hours. And, as as has been the case since the festival debuted in New Hampshire in 2009, Pilotgroove Pictures was one of them.

Thursday night’s 9:00 PM screening will lead off with the premiere of  Clear the Cache – the 6th 48 hour film from Pilotgroove Pictures. Clear the Cache is a tale of mistaken identity starring Dan Larson (Just Remember That They’re Dead) as Charlie Price, an indentured bag man who calls on a mob fixer to get him out of trouble and gets a whole different kind of help. Written and directed by Ben Peirce and P.J. Huot, the film is a fast-paced caper with laughs, surprises and a MOUNTAIN of drugs. Huot also stars, along with newcomers Kathy Sullivan and Jacqueline Dubois.

Don’t miss your chance to see Clear the Cache (and 12 other 48 hour films) at the NH 48 Hour Film Project (Block B) screening – Thursday June 13 at 9pm at Cinemagic in Hooksett, NH. A separate batch of 13 films will play at 6:30. Tickets are available online or for $10 (cash only) at the door.

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Peirce and Dir. of Photography, Jay Syrene, make script notes between shots on the set of “Clear the Cache”

*SPOILER WARNING* For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Clear the Cache, check out Shawne Wickham’s article from the New Hampshire Union Leader. There are some plot giveaways though, so if you want to be surprised, wait until after Thursday’s premiere. In the meantime, you can watch this Vine that P.J. shared from the set for a less-spoileriffic tease of what’s to come.

“A Split Second” – Now Playing!

At long last, Pilotgroove Pictures proudly presents: A Split Second.

“A Split Second”
48 Hour Film Project NH, 2012
 (Genre: thriller/suspense)
All is not well set on the the set of America’s hottest game show. Is host, Chuck Dupin cracking under the pressure or is there something else at play? We’ve reached the final round and contestant #2 has the lead but as we all know, life can change in a split second! From Pilotgroove Pictures come “A Split Second” — a psychological thriller that grabs hold of you and won’t let go until the final horn.

Produced as part of the 2012 New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project, this film was written, shot, edited and scored between June 8-10, 2012. It was screened theatrically at Cinemagic in Hooksett, NH on June 13, 2012.  Copyright © 2012, Pilotgroove Pictures

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Another 48 Hours – “A Split Second” premieres tonight!

The fifth film from Pilotgroove Pictures makes it’s theatrical debut tonight at 6:30 PM in Hooksett, NH. Produced as part of 48 Hour Film Project New HampshireA Split Second is a psychological thriller starring Ben Peirce as Chuck Dupin, a game show host on the brink of a breakdown. It’s a radical departure from the tone and style of last year’s film, replacing comedy and sight gags with suspense and a breakneck intensity that’s sure to leave audiences reeling.

A Split Second reunites Peirce with longtime directing partner, R.C. Varenas. Peirce, Varenas and P.J. Huot wrote the script with contributions from Jay Syrene, Matt Naughton and Jon O’Hara. Starring alongside Ben Peirce are Pilotgroove Pictures mainstay, Jennifer Peirce and newcomers, Joe Collins and Ashley Dobie. All four actors, deliver powerful performances that grab the viewer and refuse to let go, while the editing and cinematography set the table for the film’s thrilling conclusion.

R.C. Varenas and Jen Peirce review lines on the set of “A Split Second”

Audiences will get their first look at A Split Second, along with 28 other 48 hour film projects at tonight’s premiere screening at Cinemagic in Hookett, NH. It will be one of the first films played in the 6:30 (Group A) screening. A separate batch of films will play at 9:30. Tickets are available online or for $10 (cash only) at the door.

Pilotgroove Pictures’ Ben Peirce and P.J. Huot win “Best Regional Filmmaker” at SNOB 2011

In it’s first festival appearance outside of the 48 Hour Film Project, the Pilotgroove Pictures film, Just Remember That They’re Dead made a big splash, earning the title of “Best Regional Filmmaker” for writer/directors Ben Peirce and P.J. Huot at the 2011 SNOB Film Festival.  Just Remember That They’re Dead received 3 screenings over the course of the 4 day festival and was announced as a winner at the SNOB Awards Ceremony, Saturday night at the City Auditorium in Concord, NH.

Founded in 2002 and now in its 10th season, the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival is “a grassroots effort to showcase and support independent filmmaking.”  Of the 60 films included in this year’s festival, 18 were produced in New Hampshire and eligible for the prize of “Best Regional Filmmaker”.  Peirce and Huot were given the award for their work on Just Remember That They’re Dead as a result of audience balloting throughout the festival.

“I sort of zoned out for a second while they were reading the nominees,” said Ben Peirce, “so when they called my name it took a second to register that we’d actually won. It was a nice surprise.”

“The pressure’s on now.  We have to come back next year with something even better,” remarked P.J. Huot.

See Ben and P.J.’s acceptance speech here

The 48 Hour Film project was well-represented at SNOB. Three films films from the NH event were screened including Tick Tock Death Clock by fellow 48 Hour alums, Wicked Sick Films, who took home the award for “Best Comedy” for their longer film, Buddy Love.

Proud to be a SNOB

The accolades continue to roll in for the Pilotgroove Pictures film, Just Remember That They’re Dead.  This week, the mockumentary short was named an official selection of the SNOB Film Festival.  The 2011 SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival takes place September 15-18, 2011 at various locations throughout Concord, NH including the Red River Theatre, the Barley House and other locations to be announced.

Founded in 2002 and now in its 10th season, the SNOB Film Festival is a grassroots effort to showcase and support independent filmmaking. Westrive to bring films to the area that local audiences might not otherwise see. Proceeds from the SNOB Film Festival will be used to support the arts.

The 2011 screening schedule is yet to be announced but we’ll keep you informed as to when and where Just Remember That They’re Dead will be shown.  For up-to-the-minute details, ‘like’ Pilotgroove Pictures on Facebook.