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 the Pacific Northwest and the “real world.”

Just in time for Election Day, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) Version 3.0 gets real with this fascinating look at the essentially tragic downfall of a smart, articulate and talented American politico.

1913s-5-3-may-3-nyc-lg-300x236As an added bonus, both evenings will kick off with another politically oriented film—albeit from the other end of the “personal responsibility” spectrum, Inez Milholland: Forward Into Light, a 15-minute documentary about a now largely forgotten American icon from nearby Lewis, New York who broke with convention by publicly and passionately advocating for women’s rights, pacifism, racial justice, unions and free speech in the early twentieth century.

Tickets are $7, available in advance and at the door. For reservations and more information, please call the LPCA box office at (518) 523-2512 or visit lakeplacidarts.org.

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Sexts, lies and “Carlos Danger” (Weiner’s now notorious pseudonym): watch the wildest political meltdown in recent history as it unfolds. It’s 2013 and Anthony Weiner—still reeling from the sex scandal that ended his political career two years earlier—is back in the spotlight as he mounts an audacious comeback campaign for New York City mayor. But it’s not long before history repeats itself and new sexting allegations leave Weiner and his aides scrambling to contain the damage.

Granted unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign, filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the political machine as it breaks down. Winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary (100 minutes, rated R).

Since the release of the film in May 2016, Weiner’s story has taken a further bizarre turn with news of yet another sexting incident occurring in late August, resulting in the separation announcement by the ex-Congressman’s wife, Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and their marriage becoming an issue in the presidential campaign—at least to the extent that Republican nominee Donald Trump and his allies have attempted to make it one.

“Mesmerizing. The best documentary about a political campaign ever made.”—Indiewire

“Hilarious. One of the best documentaries ever made about a political scandal.”—Rolling Stone

“Invigorating, thoroughly involving, and captivating. The level of access here makes the film hard to turn away from.”—The Hollywood Reporter

“Five stars. A gift that keeps on giving. A compelling, deep dive into a scandal.”—The Guardian

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A Family in Turmoil

The 2016-2017 AFS Screening Series at LPCA continues on Friday and Saturday evening, November 4-5, with the poignant family drama Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen. Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (played by Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education—off the grid—is forced to leave his paradise and enter the “real world,” beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

For his work directing the film, Matt Ross was honored with the Prize for Best Director among the films selected for the Un Certain Regard Awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Captain Fantastic is also a Critics’ Pick of the New York Times.

“Viggo Mortensen is a marvel.”—USA Today ♥ “Viggo Mortensen is magnificent.”—Rolling Stone ♥ “Wise and deeply moving.”—Washington Post ♥ “Triumphant and spirited.”—The Huffington Post ♥ “Sweet and funny.”—Entertainment Weekly

The Screening Series at LPCA will resume in January and run monthly through April. And save the dates for the 2017 Lake Placid Film Forum: Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11!

For more information on any of these programs or the AFS in general, please contact Operations Manager Fred Balzac at (518) 523-3456 or fredbalzac@aol.com.