Monday, October 04, 2004

N.H. News briefs: Political Film Fest

N.H. News briefs: "HOPKINTON, N.H. (AP) — In this town, the presidential ballot could be won or lost at the movies.

A Democrat’s plan to air movies including Michael Moore’s "Fahrenheit 9/11" on Friday nights led to a GOP plan to air pro-Republican movies on Saturdays.

It started when Dr. Elizabeth Sanders asked selectmen if she could use the Town Hall for six pro-Democratic films, leading up to Election Day. She got their approval earlier this week.

The town Republican Committee responded by asking to use the Town Hall on Saturday nights. Their film fest plans include "Celsius 41:11: The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die," a conservative answer to Moore’s film.

But Sanders lost permission to show the pro-Democrat films when selectmen realized she wasn’t representing the town’s Democratic Committee. Only groups — not individuals — can use the Town Hall, and the Hopkinton Democrats were afraid the film fest would alienate undecided voters.

Sanders is still looking for a group to sponsor the movies at Town Hall. Meanwhile, the first movie aired Friday at a barn in Contoocook.


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