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Shadows Fall North, a documentary

Discussion will follow documentary

How does a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” and a celebrated legacy of abolitionism confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of African-American history? Our film will seek to answer the question: What happens when we move toward a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices

Shadows Fall North focuses on the efforts of two dedicated historic preservationists and activists, Valerie Cunningham (co-author of Black Portsmouth: Three Centuries of African American Heritage) of Portsmouth and JerriAnne Boggis of Milford, to recover the stories of people who have been rendered nearly invisible in the historical record, from individuals laid to rest at the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth to the novelist Harriet Wilson of Milford to the twenty slaves who petitioned the state legislature for their freedom in 1779… and many more.

This documentary is part of an event called “Our Beloved Community”, a partnership between The Colonial Theatre, Keene State College and The College-City Commission. This event, and other statewide screenings, is made possible with the support of New Hampshire Humanities.








Presented in conjunction with Keene State College, The College-City Commission and New Hampshire Humanities.


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Preview Screening of THE VIETNAM WAR, a new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film

Join us for a one-hour preview of the long-anticipated Ken Burns series, The Vietnam War. The film explores the human dimensions of the War through an epic narrative shaped by the testimonies of nearly 80 witnesses – including American soldiers, war protestors, and Vietnamese combatants and civilians. This event is offered in collaboration with New Hampshire Public Television and New Hampshire Humanities. A facilitated discussion will follow the film.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. THE VIETNAM WAR will air on PBS beginning September 17.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

Free Admission for Veterans and their immediate families (with appropriate ID)
$10 General Admission (standard membership discount applies)
$5 Students (with student ID)







This event is brought to you by NHPTV in partnership with The Colonial Theatre and The Historical Society of Cheshire County

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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War

A Documentary film produced by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky


Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War is the account of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II. It tells the previously untold account of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe. 

The 90-minute documentary is directed by Artemis Joukowsky, III and legendary filmmaker Ken Burns serves as Producer, Executive Producer and Presenter of the project. Tom Hanks and humanitarian Marina Goldman are the featured actors in the film, lending their voices to Waitstill and Martha Sharp. The film premieres on PBS Sept 20, 2016 along with a companion book by the same name. 

A Co-Production of NO LIMITS MEDIA, Inc. and Florentine Films, in association with WETA, Washington, DC. A film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, III. Produced by Matthew Justus and Ken Burns. Learn more about the film at defyingthenazis.org. Film:  90 minutes, talk-back 20 minutes

For more information and to view the film trailor:  http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/defying-the-nazis-the-sharps-war/home/

Sponsored by the Keene State College Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


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Great Performances: Hamilton’s America

The Colonial Theatre and NH Public Television invite you to enjoy a free sneak preview episode of the upcoming series on the making of musical sensation HAMILTON!, GREAT PERFORMANCES: HAMILTON’S AMERICA, along with a few sneak peaks of other upcoming PBS Arts Fall Festival programs.
Included in the program will be HAMILTON’S AMERICA, about the creation of the musical HAMILTON! (40 mins), Alvin Ailey American Dance (3 mins), Gypsy (4 mins., Alan Cummings Sings Sappy Songs (3 mins.), Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody (4 mins) , Shakespeare Live from the RSC (5 mins) and an additional song, “The Room Where It Happens” from HAMILTON! (3:30 mins).

GREAT PERFORMANCES HAMILTON’S AMERICA is a feature documentary that gives PBS viewers intimate behind-the-scenes access to Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and his “Hamilton” artistic colleagues as they developed the ground-breaking musical. The film shows the artistic process of creating a brand new work, features scenes and songs from the show, and highlights the dramatic events that led the cast and crew to the Broadway opening of the musical. “Hamilton” is currently playing in New York only to sold-out audiences, but HAMILTON’S AMERICA will give your audiences the chance to access the show regardless of location and budget.

It began in 2008. Lin-Manuel Miranda was on vacation in Mexico, reading Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton – all 832 pages of it. When he returned to New York, he invited Chernow to see In the Heights, his first Broadway show and winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical. During a backstage visit afterwards, Miranda told the author that as he was reading his book, hip-hop songs started rising off the pages.

“I knew it was my next show,” he says.

Eight years, 11 Tony® Awards, and one Pulitzer Prize later, Hamilton, Miranda’s hit musical, is the hottest ticket on Broadway and a pop culture phenomenon. It’s also the subject of Hamilton’s America, a new documentary from Great Performances airing this month as the season premiere of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, which saw Hamilton killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. But the full story of this political genius – a poor immigrant who built himself up from nothing to become the architect of modern finance and one of the nation’s most vital authors – has largely been forgotten by history…until now.

Today, Hamilton’s fan club is vocal and growing, thanks, in no small measure, to Miranda’s revolutionary musical. With its young cast claiming America’s history as its own, Hamilton is redefining how audiences learn about history.

Presented in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television

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Free Screening of “Hamilton’s America” on October 16

The Colonial Theatre is partnering with NHPTV to present a special free screening of the first hour of “Hamilton’s America” on Sunday, October 16 at 2pm. GREAT PERFORMANCES HAMILTON’S AMERICA is a feature documentary that gives PBS viewers intimate behind-the-scenes access to Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and his “Hamilton” artistic colleagues as they developed […]

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