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Today: Meet & Greet with Kenny Stevenson and David Dastmalchian

It may be the last day of our 15th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival, but there’s no lull of excitement here in Portsmouth!

It was another big year for the NHFF Screenplay Competition, which continues to grow in both quantity and quality each year. Our semi finalists and finalists featured some especially competitive material, making the process difficult for our committee as well as this year’s Grand Prize Industry Judge, David Dastmalchian.

Join us today to meet, celebrate and listen to a reading from this year’s screenplay competition winner Kenny Stevenson and Grand Prize Judge David Dastmalchian.

David Dastmalchian
Photo: Isaac Alvarez

HOW TO BE A CANADIAN, written by Kenny Stevenson

A loudmouth New York comedian makes a bet that he will move to Canada if a certain candidate wins the presidency. When that bet goes viral, and that candidate wins, loudmouth has no choice, he’s moving to Canada. Now this brash comedian has to try to fit into a whole new country that doesn’t really fit with his personality.


Actor, Screenwriter

Originally from Kansas, David Dastmalchian studied acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. While in Chicago, he received acclaim for leading performances in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and Sam Shepard’s Buried Child (Shattered Globe). David received the Special Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling for his feature film screenwriting debut, Animals, at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. As an actor, David has recently appeared as the Russian hacker, Kurt, in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed. His feature film debut was as the Joker’s deranged henchman, Thomas Schiff, in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. He gained critical attention portraying the troubled Bob Taylor in Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman.

Get the full scoop on this year’s winning screenplay here: http://bit.ly/1LDkxmS

This Meet & Greet will take place this afternoon from 2-3pm at Block Six—see you there!