Concord High alum Adam Jones hopes to hit home run at N.H. Film Festival

Monitor staff
Published: 10/16/2019 6:30:45 PM

Thirty years ago, under the guidance of the late baseball coach Warren Doane, Adam Jones was a power-hitting first baseman for Concord High School and American Legion Post 21.

These days, you’ll find him producing and directing films, and his latest project, Fish and Men, a documentary studying the grim status of the United States fishing industry, will be shown Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Music Hall in Portsmouth as part of the New Hampshire Film Festival.

Six years in the making, Jones collaborated with co-director Darby Duffin on a film that, according to the official release promoting the movie, “explores forces threatening commercial fishing communities and public health by revealing how consumer choices drive the global seafood economy.”

Jones, who lives in Portland, Ore., was unavailable for comment by press time.

A trailer pinpoints several problems hampering the industry. One is the huge amount of imported fish that are shipped to this country, leading to a depressed American market and fish that are not fresh, which could pose a health hazard.

Strict guidelines in the U.S. have also stifled growth, plus the American diet rarely branches out beyond popular fish like cod, hurting business because the demand for lesser-known species is so low.

Gloucester, Mass., the release points out, is the oldest fishing port in the country, yet it struggles to stay afloat.

Says the promotional release, “Fish and Men reveals a movement with innovators working together to promote a new way of flipping the model from demand to supply based.”

The New Hampshire Film Festival began in 2001 in Derry, before moving to its permanent home in Portsmouth. This year’s edition will feature national and international filmmakers, as well as 51 from the Granite State.

Forty-five documentaries will be shown, in the shorts and features categories, and will cover a wide range of topics, from the Jonestown massacre, to climate change, to shaken baby syndrome.

Jones was a left-handed hitter in Concord during the late 1980s, establishing himself as one of the best high school-aged ballplayers in the state.

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