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Unravel the “Old Hollywood Mud Season Murder Mystery,” Thursday, May 3rd, at LPCA

Put on your deerstalker cap and bring out your magnifying glass for finding clues: a murder’s taken place at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA)—and it’s your turn to play detective and help solve the crime.

The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) is pleased to announce, as its spring fundraiser, the “Old Hollywood Mud Season Murder Mystery: A Participatory Whodunit,” happening on Thursday, May 3rd, at 7 p.m. at LPCA. The event features a generous display of sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, an open beer and wine bar, a troupe of professional actors who stage the “murder” and then oversee the investigation—and YOU, who along with the other guests, are invited to track down the “murderer(s)” by detecting and interpreting the clues he, she or they have left behind. You’re bound to have a killer of a time!

Admission to this one-of-a-kind, high-style, film-noirish event is $100 per person and $150 per couple, and advance reservations are required. As an added bonus, for every ticket purchased to the murder mystery event, one all-event pass to the 2018 Lake Placid Film Forum (Oct. 26-28) can be purchased at the discounted rate of $40 (the regular price is $79).

To reserve your spot in the “Old Hollywood Mud Season Murder Mystery” investigation online, please visit where you can pay by credit card or mail a check to: Adirondack Film Society, Attn: Murder Mystery, P.O. Box 489, Lake Placid, NY 12946. To learn more about the event, other AFS programs or the Film Society in general, please call Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 (or -588-7275) or e-mail him at


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New Time of Year, Same Great Program: 2018 Lake Placid Film Forum happening Oct. 26-28

Best-known as the organization that brings you the annual Lake Placid Film Forum—which, for the first time in its 18-year history, will be held in the fall, Friday through Sunday, October 26-28, to be exact—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 fourth year; and played an instrumental role in the “Go Digital, Go Dark” campaign that resulted in several independently owned North Country movie theaters 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 collaborating with the owners of one of those movie houses—the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, NY—on planning a third season of special programming during the summer of 2018.

Ben Model performs live accompaniment to a Chaplin silent film classic at the 2016 LP Film Forum

Ben Model, resident silent film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art, performs an original score that’s largely improvised on the spot, during a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” at the 2016 Film Forum. Photo: Ben Stechschulte.


LPFF Panel 1 - Side of PanelistsThe 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. If you own or work for a locally based business that (or you are an individual who) can offer a service of interest to filmmakers, videographers or other visually based production companies—for example, camera operation, sound mixing, electrical work, location scouting, catering, lodging, etc.—please contact AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 or to get listed, free of charge, in the filmmaker resource guide the Commission is currently developing.

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 and for your interest in, and ongoing support of, film as art and the art of filmmaking. See you at the movies!

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