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For Rob Azevedo, a writer in Manchester, N.H., turning to a blank page was his way to make sense of the death of his friend’s 15-year-old niece from cancer in 2012, and earlier losses of friends from his days at Melrose High School.
The resulting essay imagines the girl from Lynnfield, formerly of Melrose, joyful on a summer’s day at the beach. She is welcomed by two young men, both friends of her parents, as well as Azevedo: Gary Colasanti, who died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, and Ray Rocha, who was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
Fifteen months later, “Candles in Paradise” is a short drama, entered in this year’s Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) independent film festival, held at the Red River Theatres in Concord, N.H. The festival, which started Thursday, concludes on Sunday.