New Film About Women’s Rights Champion and Unexpected Pop-Culture Icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Be Screened June 15 in Lake Placid

The Adirondack Film Society and the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks Team Up for Special Screening at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) of the first documentary about the legendary Supreme Court Justice — “RBG”

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now. “RBG” is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career from co-directors/co-producers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

The film, which had its world premiere as an official selection of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, will be screened on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) in a special presentation co-sponsored by the Adirondack Film Society, LPCA and the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, one of the newest local chapters of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals and businesspeople whose focus includes empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by visiting lakeplacidarts.org or calling the LPCA box office at 518-523-2512; they will also be available at the door. To learn more about the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, please visit www.zontadistrict2.org/adirondacks and/or visit its Facebook page. To learn more about the Film Society or other AFS programs, please visit www.adirondackfilmsociety.org or contact AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 or 518-588-7275 or adirondackfilmsociety@gmail.com.

The Fierce Urgency of Making the Film Now

“It was three years ago, January 2015, that we first had the idea of making a feature documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” write Betsy West and Julie Cohen in their “Directors’ Statement.” “We had both, separately, interviewed the Justice for projects in the past, and had both admired her trailblazing work for women’s rights. But that was before she had broken out as the octogenarian rock star “Notorious RBG,” with millennials extolling her virtues on Twitter and Tumblr, stocking up on RBG tee-shirts and tote bags and, in extreme cases, getting tattoos—big, permanent, multi-color tattoos—of her face.

“Talking about the RBG phenomenon one day, we turned to each other and said ‘we need to make a documentary about Justice Ginsburg right now’.… Meeting RBG in person is a powerful experience. Her voice is soft, but her words are so clear and carefully chosen that you find yourself drawing closer, riveted. After Donald Trump’s election, the most frequent reaction we got when we told people about the film was, ‘How is her health? Is she OK?’ We want audiences to see for themselves the Notorious RBG in action—staying up late into the night crafting blistering dissents and doing the planks, squats and push-ups that keep her in shape to do the job she loves.”

“A loving and informative documentary portrait of Justice Ginsburg during her 85th year on earth and her 25th on the bench.…The movie’s touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion. Those qualities resonate powerfully in the dissents that may prove to be Justice Ginsburg’s most enduring legacy, and ‘RBG’ is, above all, a tribute to her voice.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times

Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes • Rated PG

Next up for the Adirondack Film Society will be special screenings in July and August at the Strand movie theater in Schroon Lake, NY—dates and films to be announced soon. And save the dates for 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, 2018!

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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 adirondackfilmsociety@gmail.com 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 adirondackfilmsociety.org 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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