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Monday, November 1, 2010


This comes to us from G. Wayne Miller:

NEWPORT, R.I. –– Filmmakers G. Wayne Miller and David Bettencourt will celebrate the release of the DVD of their hit movie BEHIND THE HEDGEROW: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society with the first big-screen showing of the new director’s cut at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Jane Pickens Theater.

The feature-length documentary premiered in August to critical acclaim and packed audiences as the opening-night feature of the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival and went on to a four-week run at Pickens. The DVD version is a new and longer cut of the documentary, containing scenes that were not in the original movie.
“Following the premiere, we returned to the editing booth to see if we could improve the movie,” said Miller, “and we found that we could. Audiences wanted more about Bailey’s Beach and more about Eileen, especially her engagement to John Jacob Astor VI, ‘richest bachelor on the world,’ and this cut delivers that –– and more.”
The deluxe DVD also includes bonus footage of interviews with prominent members of Newport Society, including film favorites Elizabeth “Boop” Blake and Hugh D. “Yusha” Auchincloss III, stepbrother of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, among others. These interviews, available nowhere else, are a rich contribution to Newport history.
BEHIND THE HEDGEROW received four stars from The Providence Journal, and was called “shockingly refreshing and funny” by Newport Mercury, “daringly intimate” by Newport Patch, “fascinating” by WRNI 102.7 FM/NPR Morning Edition and “don’t miss” by Rhode Island Monthly.

Writer Miller and director Bettencourt will attend the Nov. 14 screening at Pickens along with associate producer Calvin Miller and answer questions afterwards. Members of the Slocum family may also attend. Ticket-buyers will also receive a copy of the DVD, all for the same price. Ticket information is available at www.janepickens.com The theater is located at 49 Touro Street, Newport, 02840.

The HEDGEROW director’s cut DVD with bonus footage is available now and may also be ordered online at http://www.behindthehedgerow.com/purchase.php

BEHIND THE HEDGEROW is the second title from Eagle Peak Media, the production company founded in 2008 by Miller and Bettencourt. ON THE LAKE, EPM’s first title, premiered in February 2009 and has been broadcast in PBS markets across America. It was nominated for an Emmy by the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

For more, visit www.behindthehedgerow.com or www.EaglePeakMedia.com

G. Wayne Miller

Partner, producer, writer
(This is not an RIFC Production)


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