“A Circle of Films” Festival Showcases Young Filmmaker’s Goodwill Stories


For Immediate Release

May 3, 2012

“A Circle of Films” Festival Showcases Young Filmmaker’s Goodwill Stories
Event Features Short Films and Live Director’s Discussion with Goodwill CEO Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Portsmouth – On Thursday, May 3, the Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth will host Goodwill Industries of Northern New England’s “A Circle of Films,” a presentation of short videos written and directed by young filmmakers from the New England region.

The featured filmmakers are Nicholas Brennan, Logen Christopher, Jeff Griecci, John Logan Pierson and Stuart Townsend. Goodwill asked each of the directors to write and produce a story and required only that they reference how the clothing and other items that are given a second life through Goodwill’s retail stores make possible nearly all of what Goodwill accomplishes behind the scenes.

“The idea of working with these young directors was to tell the Goodwill story and engage audiences in a fresh, non-traditional way,” explained Jane Driscoll, Goodwill’s vice-president of public affairs. “We see these films as a way to jump start conversations about the interconnectedness of all that we do at Goodwill.”

Following the screenings, a special, discussion led by Goodwill’s CEO, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, will explore the directors’ approaches to storytelling and how they chose to weave Goodwill into those stories.

“In one way, the Circle of Films project is also an extension of Goodwill’s core mission of helping people develop job skills,” said Goodwill’s CEO Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. “We’re seeing first hand how giving these young, emerging directors a shot at creating something completely new support their growth and development as the next generation of film professionals.”

The film festival is open to the public although seating is limited.


Goodwill Industries of Northern New England provides community resources that eliminate barriers to opportunity and help people reach their fullest potential through the power of work. A social enterprise for over 100 years, Goodwill reflects economic, social, and environmental sustainability, with a focus on connecting people to marketplace employment. Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts. Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.

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