Save the dates: the Lake Placid Film Forum returns Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, 2017!

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Best-known as the organization that brings you the annual Lake Placid Film Forum, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) has been doing innovative film programming on an ever-widening North Country canvas for more than 15 years now.

In addition to the Film Forum, the AFS has presented a slew of silent film classics—with live organ accompaniment—at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Lake Placid; initiated a mostly monthly Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in September 2014, now in its second full year; and played an instrumental role in the “Go Digital, Go Dark” campaign that resulted in several North Country movie houses receiving the necessary funding to purchase and install digital equipment to enable to continue to operate as first-run film venues. In fact, the AFS is currently working with one of the movie houses—the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, NY—on developing special programming starting in the summer of 2016.

The Adirondack Film Society, in its dual role as the Adirondack Film Commission, is also in the process of developing a program to encourage filmmakers to make movies and shoot videos right here in Essex County, NY, and assist them when they are here, as well as to nurture homegrown filmmaking among the many talented artists already living in the region.

When it comes to programming, the Adirondack Film Society doesn’t just screen films—it curates, analyzes, and seeks to help educate audience members about the films it presents. One way it often does this is by presenting the creators of the films themselves, in intimate, small-venue settings—where filmgoers can actually meet the filmmakers or, when they are presented remotely such as via Skype, experience these artists as real people.

Thank you for visiting adirondackfilmsociety.org and for your interest in, and ongoing support of, film as art and the art of filmmaking!

Upcoming Events

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The ‘Marvelous’ Mr. Mortensen Is “Captain Fantastic”

The AFS Screening Series at LPCA continues Fri. & Sat., Nov. 4-5, at 7 pm with Captain Fantastic, a poignant comedy-drama starring Viggo Mortensen (“The Lord of the Rings”) as an unconventional father whose family is torn from its off-the-grid paradise in the Pacific Northwest and […]

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From Carlos Danger to Captain Fantastic

The AFS Screening Series at LPCA continues Fri. & Sat., Oct. 21-22, at 7 pm with Weiner, hailed as “the best documentary ever made about a political campaign,” and Nov. 4-5 with Captain Fantastic, a drama starring Viggo Mortensen about family caught between its off-the-grid paradise in […]

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It’s a Hot Dog of a Season!

LAKE PLACID, NY—The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) returns for its third season with three diverse, compelling independent films. First up, on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, at 7 pm, is “Wiener-Dog,” a quirky comedy […]

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Indy Feature Film Shot in Schroon Lake to Premiere There

The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) “Easy Screening” Series continues its celebration of the advent of digital at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, NY, on Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14, at 8 p.m. with the world premiere of an independent film shot in & around […]

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AFS Brings “Easy Screening Series” to Schroon Lake, July 16-17

SCHROON LAKE, NY—Summertime…and the screenings are easy—to paraphrase the great Gershwin song from “Porgy and Bess.”

In celebration of the Strand Theatre’s recent acquisition of digital film-projection equipment, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS), which was the nonprofit conduit for New York State Council on the Arts […]