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Fresh off award nomination, ‘Mr. Connolly has ALS’ to return to Concord

  • Dan Habib introduces his film “Mr. Connolly Has ALS” before its premiere at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 23. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

  • A panel discussion followed the premiere of "Mr. Connolly Has ALS" at Red River Theatres in Concord on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz


Monitor staff
Thursday, November 09, 2017

Concord audiences will get another chance to see the 2017 documentary Mr. Connolly Has ALS, fresh off the film’s nomination for an award from the International Documentary Association.

The Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival this weekend at Red River Theatres will feature screening and discussion of Mr. Connolly, which follows former Concord High School principal Gene Connolly as he continues to lead the school despite the debilitating effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The film’s nomination for Best Short at the IDA Documentary Awards was announced last week, with the Granite State project recognized alongside productions from the likes of Netflix and the Guardian.

Mr. Connolly’s creator and director, Dan Habib, said the IDA awards are second in prestige only to the Oscars in the world of documentary film.

The 33rd annual IDA Awards will be held Dec. 9.

The film, which premiered in May, features conversations between the retiring administrator and his students about rapidly losing his ability to walk and speak due to his terminal neurodegenerative disease, his life, his beliefs and his hopes.

Habib and his son Samuel, who is featured in the film, will be do a post-film Q&A at the SNOB festival.

Mr. Connolly has ALS will be shown at noon Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Stoneyfield Room at the Red River Theatres in Concord.