On Friday, October 31, 2014 Sam Kench released his latest independent short film on Youtube. “Til Death” follows the mentally unstable Mrs. Crowley as she plots to murder her husband but the unforeseen guilt that chokes her mind drives her to her breaking point.
The movie stars Danbury, NH residents, Cathy Nolan Vinčević and her husband Seval Vinčević , and was filmed in various locations around New Hampshire. The natural beauty of the area plays a sharp contrast to the hauntingly dark nature of the film. This frightening psychological thriller/horror short film was written and directed by local film maker, Sam Kench.
“Til Death” premiered at The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge in Bristol, NH on October 17, 2014. The movie was shown again during the opening night reception of Sam’s art show at The Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, NH. Following each showing the director and actors held lively Q & A session with audience members who asked questions about special effects, motivation, and how different shots were done. Most viewers said they would never look at Cathy (who is the director of the Gordon-Nash Library), the same way again.
So, what’s up next from the creative mind of Sam Kench? He’s working on writing and filming a project called “Tales from the Wasteland”. It’s a feature length film, set in post apocalyptic New Hampshire, comprised of a series of vignettes. If you’d like to be involved and help give this project wings, follow this link https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tales-from-the-wasteland to support the Indiegogo campaign.
Watch “Til Death”
On Friday, October 17, 2014 The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge in Bristol, NH will host the movie premier of “Til Death”. This frightening psychological thriller/horror short film was written and directed by local film maker, Sam Kench.
“Til Death” follows the mentally unstable Mrs. Crowley as she plots to murder her husband but the unforeseen guilt that chokes her mind drives her to her breaking point. The movie stars Danbury, NH residents, Cathy Nolan Vinčević and her husband Seval Vinčević , and was filmed in various locations around New Hampshire. The natural beauty of the area plays a sharp contrast to the hauntingly dark nature of the film.
Watch the movie trailer
This young film maker is one to keep an eye on. In addition to “Til Death” Sam Kench‘s has written and directed four short films including “The Soon To Be Deceased” which was included in the 2014 NH High School Short Film Festival. He also create the sketch comedy show “Yes Son That Is A Lion“. The first two seasons are available to check out at The Gordon-Nash Library, or you can CLICK HERE to watch them online.
New Hampton, NH – The newest art show at the Nash Gallery in New Hampton, NH is Color Calamity. This multi-media, eco-friendly exhibit is a first time showing for Bristol resident, Amy Lyn Kench and features small clay Nun-Yas, abstract paintings and original, one of a kind hand sewn art animals including elephants, cats, giraffes and dragons.
“We are very excited to be showing Amy Lyn’s first show, let alone a solo show.” Said Cathy Vincevic, Director of the Gordon-Nash Library and Nash Gallery, “This work is amazing!”
This collection reflects several years of inspiration and creativity for this eco-friendly artisan. Colors explode on recycled and salvaged canvases, paper, and fabric bleeding into the oil spill spreading across blacktop, swimming beneath the lily pads floating on a frog pond and spinning and twirling under party streamers. Emotion is the undercurrent that drives Amy Lyn’s brush interweaving words, names and phrases gnawing at the corners of her memory as she buries them beneath many layers of paint erasing the negative to create bright, bold, colorful paintings that exude happy, positive energy.
In her most recent work she has combined her love of painting and sewing. She painted on pieces of recycled and salvaged fabric, then turned those fabric pieces into on one of a kind, 3-dimensional, cartoon style, animal art. “They just make my heart happy looking at them,” said Amy Lyn “and I hope they bring a smile to the face of everyone who visits them.”
Color Calamity will be on display through the end of July 2014 at The Gordon-Nash Library 69 Main Street in New Hampton pieces are located in both the gallery downstairs and the glass display cases on the first floor of the library. All the paintings and handmade items on display are available for purchase.
By Sam Kench
My western short “The Soon to be Deceased” was accepted into the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.
The short will be shown at Red River theaters in Concord NH on May 24th. To go along with the news I released a short blooper reel from the short.
By Sam Kench
When Beth Colby left the district this school year her job of running after school Project Promise and handling the school’s ELO program was split into two positions. Amy Yeakle took over the ELO side of her duties, and the Project Promise aspect was filled by Lori Lane. Before Christmas break Ms. Lane viewed the Newfound Filmmaking Club’s sketch comedy show “Yes Son That is a Lion” After viewing it and deeming it offensive she informed the superintendent of her opinion. Without watching the video, superintendent Stacy Buckley ordered that all copies of the DVD be confiscated. Vice Principal Paul Hoiriis confiscated the remaining DVDs so that they could no longer be sold, with the stipulation that they would be returned at the end of the day. The DVDs were not returned at that time.
Ms. Lane offered to go through the video and point out which parts she found offensive. After the offer was accepted she recanted and refused to discuss the matter further. Ms. Lane has not responded to emails regarding the matter.
While in possession of the DVDs, Mr. Hoiriis and Ms. Lane claimed that the school (Project Promise) had ownership over the DVDs. Ms. Lane claimed that the school had paid for the DVDs and cases making them school property. The DVDs and cases were not purchased by the school. The materials used in the production of the DVDs were purchased independently by film making club members, as proof of purchase receipts illustrated. Mr. Hoiriis and Ms. Lane continued to claim the school’s ownership over the DVDs. Their stance was that since the school owned the camera that was used to make the video, they therefore owned the video itself. In a meeting the point was brought up that: This would be akin to the school claiming ownership of a students painting, because the school owned the brushes and paint used to make it. Mr. Hoiriis and Ms. Lane changed that claim of ownership, from physical ownership, to intellectual property. “Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works” (World Intellectual Property Association). Mr. Hoiriis and Ms. Lane stated that the school owned the intellectual and creative property of the film club. This would mean that the school owns the scripts written, the performances given by the actors, the actual footage, editing, effects, etc. This point was argued extensively.
During this time of deliberation Mr. Hoiriis stated that the video was not allowed to be sold within the school or elsewhere, he also said that the video could not be made available to the public through any means. It was not allowed to be shown anywhere, to be available for check out at the public library, to be shown on the public access channel, or to be available through any other avenue.
Eventually a document was signed saying that the school had no ownership over the DVDs and that they were a product of Brickwall Productions. The DVDs were then returned. After the DVDs were signed over, Ms. Lane stated that film making is not an art and that there is no education involved in it. She was not open to argument on this subject and insists that there is no artistic, creative, academic, or educational merits in the medium of film making.
Upon pressing Ms. Lane on this issue she revealed that she had officially disbanded the club. This decision was made of her own volition without consulting the administration, or anyone else. Mr. Hoiriis was not aware of this until it was brought to his attention after the meeting.
Ms. Lane disbanded the club on the basis that there was no educational or artistic aspect to filmmaking. She has no issue with the Geek Club, Anime Club, Cooking Club, Drama Club, Thespian Society, or Camera Club, so why the filmmaking club is being targeted is unknown.
Mike Place, a film professor at a local college, wrote in a letter explicitly stating how film making is educational. He detailed how filmmaking enriches academics and demonstrated the ways in which it teaches core subjects such as reading, writing and mathematics.
The New Hampshire representative of the 21st Century Community Learning Grant (The grant that Project Promise operates by), does not feel that Ms. Lane’s decision was justified. She also made aware that there are several film clubs supported by the grant around the country. Many students, staff, and community members have given their support to the former members of the filmmaking club and a petition on the matter has garnered over 50 signatures from people who find Ms. Lane’s actions unacceptable.
By Sam Kench
This is a dark and surreal drama called “Rose-Tinted” for Valentine’s Day Please give it a watch and leave some feedback
Mulholland Drive came with an interesting little sheet called David Lynch’s seven keys to unlocking this feature. I figured I’d do a similar thing since this short is very weird. These will explain some of the mystery so if you’d rather leave it ambiguous and not know, don’t read any further. So here it is “Sam Kench’s 6 keys to unlocking Rose-Tinted”
1.) Look closely – Pay close attention to what is on screen. There are foreshadowing elements hidden in the background as well as in single frames spliced into earlier scenes, fight club style.
2.) Open your mind – Things are not what they seem, nor are they occurring in chronological order. Be aware that the audience sees things from the main character’s point of view, and the character may not be the most sane person.
3.) Repetition is the key – Certain lines of dialogue, actions, and even camera movements are repeated throughout the short, find the repetition and things should begin to make more sense.
4.) Important objects – Important objects include the owl, the glasses, and the mask. Pay attention to these objects as they carry great importance.
5.) Be a consistent watcher/chess fanatic – The writing on the main characters arm can really only be understood if you are either a continuous watcher of my videos, or if you are an extreme fanatic. The WWLHD written on the arm stands for What Would Liam Henry Do as muttered by the main character. Liam Henry is a person who has been name dropped in the punch line of more than one joke on my sketch show Yes Son That is a Lion. Liam Henry is a real person and he is a competitive chess player. The main character discovers the WWLHD directly before playing chess against the mask.
6.) The other acronym – The other acronym in the video can be seen on the envelope where the main character finds the note. On the sender line of the envelope the letters S.S.C are written. S.S.C. stands for Shaun’s Sub-Conscious. This acronym is visible immediately before the main character receives a phone call harassing him. The other end of the call is his subconscious attacking him for the all the things he doesn’t like about himself.
By Amy Lyn Kench
“Film making is not an art and has no educational merits.”
This is what Lori Lane, the new Director of the Newfound Area School District Project Promise After school program said to teen film maker Sam Kench right before disbanding the Film Making Club that he founded two years ago.
For the past two years Sam had worked to build up participation in the club. He and fellow club members have produced original comedy shorts that have been well received by teachers, students, administrators and community members.
CLICK HERE to see an original sketch written, filmed and edited by the after school film making club. All the answers given,even the really ridiculous ones, are real things.
Fro the past 2 years I have acted as the club’s volunteer coordinator. Given Sam is under 18, I was required to sign a document stating nothing created by this club was affiliated with the school district before they would return the DVDs which were Sam’s personal property. Of course this was after the club’s work had been shared by teachers and students and seen by the administration prior to Lori Lane’s arrival.
After seeing the high quality of his work, teachers and administrators have asked Sam to film and create videos of activities and events around the school district. Before the after school program purchased a video camera, he used his own camera, computer and video editing software and spent countless hours outside school to put these videos together. All his work, prior to Lori Lane’s arrival, received positive feedback. But, in one fell swoop, she has negated all his hard work.
CLICK HERE to see the Youtube channel Sam set up for the school following strict instructions from the administration. He filmed and/edited the majority of the videos on the page but the administration and management of the page is in the hands of the school.
Lori lane has since denied her comment that film making is not an art, but in her formal letter disbanding the club she said the following:
“It is clear to me, from your comments yesterday, that the focus of this club is to give the students a forum to create scripts and film productions with content that they, themselves want to produce. There is no connection to improving student performance in core academic subjects like reading and mathematics or to complement their regular academic program…”
As you can see, in one sentence she states that the club members are writing and producing films, then contradicts herself in the next.
I’m pretty sure the majority of people would agree creating original scripts would help to improve reading, and writing skills. Given there are no film classes offered at the school and the advanced software being used to edit the films is not taught there either, the film making club was certainly a complement to the regular academic programming at NRHS.
When Sam read her statement he asked “How does the cooking club improve reading and math?” Her response was “There’s a lot of math in cooking.” Well, that may be the case, if you’re doubling a recipe or creating an original recipe. But you know what uses even more reading, writing and math skills? Creating original films.
Sam tried to explain to Ms. Lane that film making not only helps to improve reading and math skills but complements regular academic programs. He state that club members;
- Create original scripts which take quite a bit of writing skill and creativity.
- Read through scripts, memorize lines and choreograph scenes.
- Line up angles, adjust camera settings and lighting to get the best shots.
- Learn and use advanced film editing software that is not taught at NRHS.
- Produce high quality films.
Sam and his fellow film making club members followed the rules as outlined by the previous Project Promise Director. When Ms. Lane started at Newfound Regional High School, she did not introduce herself or ask what we did in our club. I, as the club adviser, made a point of introducing myself to her.
She didn’t ask any questions about what the club did, only about the equipment the club was using. She did not give members any new guidelines or rules. She certainly never asked the students or the coordinator how the club was meeting the goals of the 21st Century grant. If she had, she would have learned our members have far exceeded the goals of the grant. In fact, the film club is specifically mentioned in the grant application. But, instead she made assumptions and a decision that has had a profound effect on my son and other club members.
Lori Lane did not consult with anyone in the administration who has worked with Sam and club members over the past two years. How do we know this? Well, because both the Principal and Assistant Principal heard for the first time about what happened when Sam and I told them. Ms. Lane’s behavior and lack of communication is totally unacceptable and Sam has filed a complaint against her. He also requested a meeting with the superintendent Stacy Buckley. (She has since denied his request.)
Below is the formal letter from Ms. Lane disbanding the Film Making Club:
After receiving the above letter Sam informed club members what had happened. We then went over to the Gordon-Nash Library and arranged for The Newfound Film Making Club to start meeting there again. This is the community group we started this spring after several community members asked how they could be involved.
The actions of Ms. Lane will not derail Sam from his path. But, she certainly has cast a negative pall over the halls of NRHS. Show your support for film making as an art and for Sam’s work by commenting below and visiting his Youtube channels: Brickwall Productions and Brickwall Reviews and Tam Brickwall.
SPECIAL NOTE: On Friday, January 31, 2014 Sam was notified that a script he entered in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards won an honorable mention.
I’m still working on a short story for this dark chocolate moose. I’m thinking he’s a movie lover though.
Moose are such majestic creatures. People travel from around the world to New Hampshire hoping to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures. I’ve been lucky enough to witness moose a few time and every time I was awed by their beauty and grace.
I tried to capture their shape and gentle disposition in my original, handmade design. I had just enough of this dark chocolate, felted wool to make 6 moose and am offering 4 here to a good home.
CLICK HERE to order
LENGTH: 10.5 inches long from nose to tail
MATERIALS: Only recycled and eco-friendly materials are used to make Green Carbon 2112 stuffed animals. This Moose’s outside is 100% felted wool. His antlers and facial features are made from eco-felt. He is stuffed hard with scraps of recycled clean fabric so he can stand on his own .
CUSTOM ORDER: Want a moose in different size, color, fabric and/or pattern? Send me a message to coordinate your special order.
Below are two of my moose at Twin Designs in Bristol, NH. One is made from dark brown felted wool the other from a piece of vintage fabric in a brown on brown floral print. They have a great selection of moose related gifts to choose from.
I recently released my western short film on youtube titled “The Soon to be Deceased” I wrote, directed, edited, and acted in the short. The other actors in the short are Shaun Hathaway, Andrew Fortier, and Emmett Morrill.
Here’s a little written behind the scenes.
The Soon to be Deceased was filmed in one day and we actually shot this and then went to a different location and filmed “Max Payne: A Reason to Live” in the same day. Emmet who played Pete in The Soon to be Deceased went on to play Max Payne and Andrew and myself played henchmen in Max Payne. Shaun didn’t come with us, but we were joined by Logan Frye and Eli Redcloud at the Gordon Nash library where the other short was shot.
The guns in the video have a variety of different backgrounds. None of the guns are real. The double barrel shotgun is a knockoff Nerf gun. The brand is called Airblast, and is actually better because they look more realistic. I hand painted the gun myself and gave it a rusty look on the barrels by using metallic gold paint and then stripping it off with electrical tape. The shotgun shells in the gun were however real. The shotgun shells were real, but were empty, and instead filled with little magnet balls to give them a little extra weight.
There are 3 other shotguns in the video, but there were only 2 other prop guns. two of the shotguns you saw in the video are actually the same prop being used by both actors, and cut together to make it look like two separate guns. This shotgun cost 5 dollars and was meant to fire little suction cup darts, and after I painted it, it was ready for filming.
The remaining shotgun was a malfunctioning Airsoft gun with the stock removed and the orange tip painted black.
The revolver is a a plastic replica that I’ve had since I was a little kid. It’s actually one of my favorite prop guns to use because it looks realistic and has a really nice feel so it’s easy to work with. Plus you can do all the cool western spinning.
Both Emmett and Andrew each play two parts in the video, it’s pretty easy to tell if you know the people.
The rain featured in one quick part of the video was real. It spontaneously started to rain out of nowhere, we kept filming and got that shot done, then it stopped. The rain only lasted for a few minutes and then it was sunny again. We didn’t plan on this but it ended up adding a nice little something to the video.
The Soon to be Deceased was filmed at Shaun Hathaway’s house and the barn and horses in the video are his.