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Mike Walsh as Langford Fife in The Norman Rockwell Code. (Photo Bernard F. Stukenborg)SEAOCOAST NH FILM

It seems only fair. Seacoast filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo has created a spoof of Seacoast author Dan Brown’s novel "The Da Vinci Code". The movie version of the best selling novel in history hit a few critical speedbumps upon release. But "The Norman Rockwell Code" is everything it was cracked up to be. We hear that the Catholic Church prefers this Portsmouth-based version, although lobster fishermen are up in arms.




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The curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum (Fritz Weatherbee) lies dead on the museum floor, his chest pierced by a harpoon. He wears only a yellow rain slicker and his arms are outstretched. In one hand the corpse holds a lemon, in the other a can of Chicken of the Sea tuna. What does it all mean? Only symbologist Lanford Fife (Mike Walsh) has the ability to break the mysterious code.

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And so begins one of the most elaborate film spoofs in New Hampshire history. Dover attorney Alftred Thomas Catalfo wrote, directed, produced and acted in what he calls a "comedic homage" to the most successful novel in publishing history written by Rye resident Dan Brown. Filmed locally in Rollinsford, Dover, Portsmouth, Kittery and York, this slick independent comedy is part mystery, part high school skit,

Alfred Thomas Catalfo, Danica Carlson and Mike Walsh in The Norman Rockwell Code. (Photo Bernard F. Stukenborg)

Actor Mike Walsh has been doing his Barney Fife impression for years, and now finally, he gets to play the son of the fictional TV sheriff from Mayberry, RFD. Danica Carlson, the granddaughter of the murdered curator plays the sultry French Sopha Poisson, around whom the mystery swims. She and Fife must decode the anagram hidden within a Norman Rockwell painting before the Fife impersonation runs thin and the director runs out of money. The film hangs on series of movie and TV trivia gags.

Available online in its entirely, the film looks surprisingly pro. It runs smoothly off the server, includes a very effective soundtrack, some clever acting, great cheap sets, great editing and some really decent cinematic moments. On a small screen in has the look and feel of a real film.

Those who ask -- why go to all the expense and effort of lampooning Dan Brown’s megahit? -- simply don’t know how crazy filmmakers and actors can be. Any chance to reach an audience and showcase one’s talent is excuse enough for weeks of costly production and editing. And this mini-flick clearly shows talent, including the digital titles and effects of Marc Dole and his Hatchling Studios. Within hours of the release of the actual Da Vinci Code film, over 100,000 web viewers had already seen "The Norman Rockwell Code" for free. Now it’s your turn. -- JDR

To contact the creator of this film:
Alfred Thomas Catalfo
P.O. Box 869
Dover, NH 03821-0869