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

Silent film accompanist Ben Model performing during a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” at the 2016 Lake Placid Film Forum. Photo: Ben Stechschulte.

Get Ready: Lake Placid Film Forum 15.0 Is HERE–June 8-12, 2016!

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2016 FILM FORUM SCHEDULE

 

LAKE PLACID, NY — The annual Lake Placid Film Forum (LPFF)—this year marking its 15th anniversary—returns to the Olympic Village Wednesday through Sunday, June 8-12, at venues that include the historic Palace Theatre downtown on Main Street and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, cultural anchor of the High Peaks/Tri-Lakes region that includes such active arts communities as Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Keene, Keene Valley, Jay, Upper Jay, Au Sable Forks and Wilmington, home of Whiteface Mountain.

guest filmmaker at Sleepless2012 screeningSince its inception in 2000, the Lake Placid Film Forum has been the Adirondack North Country’s premier film event. It’s one place in the region where resident and visitor filmgoers and movie buffs can count on seeing films they’re not likely to encounter at the local multiplex—and meet filmmakers in an up-close and personal setting. The Adirondack Film Society (AFS)—the people who bring you the Lake Placid Film Forum—doesn’t just screen films: it curates, analyzes, and seeks to help educate audience members about the films it presents.

While plans for the 2016 edition are still in formation, filmgoers and movie buffs can expect such programs as a free outdoor film in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid Wed. night at dark (last year, it was Jaws); a silent film with live accompaniment on piano; the results of the annual “Sleepless in Lake Placid” 24-hour undergraduate college filmmaking competition Fri. evening, when audience members get to vote on their favorite student film; one or more panel discussions, workshops and/or master classes; and an array of cutting-edge independent, art, studio-made and foreign-language feature films as well as documentaries.

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

The 2016 Lake Placid Film Forum will build on the success of the 2015 edition. For an idea of the scope and content being planned for this year’s event, please see our 2015 PROGRAM.

For details and periodic updates on this year’s LPFF, please contact AFS Operations Mgr. Fred Balzac at (518) 588-7275 or via the e-mail link listed at the bottom of this page.

 

Reg Clark in his Palace.

A man’s moviehouse is his Palace: owner Reg Clark.

An Inspired Start, A Tradition of Excellence

Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi

The initial multi-day LPFF event proved to be an instant smash hit with filmmakers as well as North Country audiences. Guest filmmakers have included such directors as Martin Scorsese (pictured being interviewed, on the right, in the accompanying slideshow), Jonathan DemmePaul Schrader, John Sayles and Courtney Hunt (Frozen River, an independent film shot in Clinton County); novelists such as William Kennedy, Jay Parini and Richard Russo as well as AFS mainstay Russell Banks—all of whom have had work adapted for the screen; and such actors as Hal Holbrook, Steve Buscemi, Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell ScottParker Posey and Academy Award winners Cliff Robertson (for Charly) and Melissa Leo (for The Fighter). Programming at the annual event has typically included such segments as workshops and panel discussions with invited filmmakers; “North Country Shorts,” films made by area residents and/or shot in the region; and “Sleepless in Lake Placid,” the 24-hour undergraduate student filmmaking competition that will return this year again under the guidance of coordinator Matt Wohl, who teaches film at Miami-Dade College in Florida.

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

The creation of the Lake Placid Film Forum was inspired in part by a sold-out screening at the Palace Theatre in 1999 of The Sweet Hereafter, adapted from the novel by part-time North Country resident Russell Banks, which was introduced by Mr. Banks, the film director’s Atom Egoyan, and Kathleen Carroll, former film critic of the New York Daily News and herself a Lake Placid native. Shortly thereafter, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) was born, co-founded by a team that included Ms. Carroll, Lake Placid’s John Huttlinger (currently serving as Chair of the AFS board), movie-house impresario Nelson Page (former Chair, now Vice Chair), Naj Wikoff, and the late Robin Pell, with active participation from Mr. Banks.

Lake Placid Film Forum 2016 Schedule of Events*

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Wednesday, June 8th

40th anniversary screening of ROCKY (rainout location: LPCA)

Mid’s Park (outdoors), ~9:00 PM (or dark)

PLEASE NOTE: As of 1:30 pm Wed., due to possible thunderstorms tonight, the screening of ROCKY is being moved indoors to LPCA, 17 Algonquin Drive (518-523-2512), at 9 PM tonight (Wed., 6/8/16). And it remains FREE! For more details, please call 518-588-7275.

 

Thursday, June 9th

– REMEMBER (DCP, 94 mins, feature)

Directed by Atom Egoyan & starring Christopher Plummer & Martin Landau

PALACE 3, 7:00 – 8:35 PM

 

– THE KID + short, A DOG’S LIFE (silent films)

Directed by & starring Charlie Chaplin, with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model

LPCA, 7:30 – 9:30 PM

 

Friday, June 10th

– Opening reception (by invitation)

HIGH PEAKS RESORT, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

 

– BORN TO BE BLUE (DCP, 97 mins, feature)

With a post-screening discussion led by Tom Hanrahan, AFS

PALACE 3, 7:00 – 9:15 PM

 

– THE LAST GOLD (B-R, 90 mins, documentary)

Introduced by the film’s director Brian Brown, followed by a post-screening Q&A with Mr. Brown moderated by Fred Balzac, AFS

LPCA, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

 

– THE GOOD MIND (B-R, 66 mins, documentary)

Introduced by the film’s director Gwendolen Cates and Chief Jake Edwards, who is featured in the film, followed by a post-screening Q&A with both moderated by Kathleen Carroll, AFS

LPCA, 9:15 – 11:30 PM

 

Saturday, June 11th

– Panel discussion: “Inside the Making of a Contemporary Documentary: THE LAST GOLD and THE GOOD MIND,” with filmmakers Brian T. Brown and Gwendolen Cates, moderated by Fred Balzac, AFS

HIGH PEAKS RESORT, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM – free admission

 

– NUTS! (B-R, 97 mins, documentary)

LPCA, 12:30 – 2:10 PM

 

– Canadian Film Double Feature*:

PALACE 3

–THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (DCP, 130 mins, feature)

1:15 – 3:25 PM &

–SLEEPING GIANT (DCP, 89 mins, feature)

3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

With a post-screening discussion of both films led by Tom Hanrahan, AFS (following SLEEPING GIANT)

 

– UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE

Highlighting the work of Marist College, curated by Jeff Bass of Marist

HIGH PEAKS RESORT, 2 – ~4 PM – free admission

 

– THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (B-R, 84 mins, documentary)

LPCA, 2:30 – 3:55 PM

 

– THE GREAT GAME (B-R, 100 min, feature, in French with English subtitles)

LPCA, 4:05 – 5:45 PM

 

– CAROL (B-R, 118 mins, feature)

with a post-screening panel discussion (tent.)

LPCA, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

 

– The Essentials: THE THIRD MAN (DCP, 93 mins, feature)

Introduced by Jeremy Arnold, author of the new book “The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter,” a tie-in with Turner Classic Movies, with a post-screening discussion among Arnold, film producer & Orson Welles expert Larry Jackson, and AFS Artistic Director Kathleen Carroll

PALACE 1, 6:00 – 8:20 PM

 

– ROBERT KLEIN STILL CAN’T STOP HIS LEG (DCP, 94 mins, documentary)

Introduced by the film’s director Marshall Fine, followed by a post-screening Q&A with Mr. Fine moderated by Kathleen Carroll, AFS

PALACE 1, 8:30 – 11:00 PM

 

– WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (B-R, 120 mins, doc)

Directed by & starring Michael Moore

LPCA, 8:45 – 10:45 PM

 

– After Party (by invitation)

LOCATION TBA, 11:00 PM – ???

 

Sunday, June 12th

– Panel discussion with film experts: “Why What You See at Your Local Multiplex Is (Almost Without Exception) What You Get,” featuring film producer Larry Jackson and film-book author Jeremy Arnold, moderated by Fred Balzac, AFS

HIGH PEAKS RESORT, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM – free admission

 

– THE GREAT GAME (B-R, 100 mins, feature, in French with English

Subtitles)

A “Best of the Fest” encore

LPCA, 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

 

– LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD (DCP, 98 mins, documentary)

Directed by Werner Herzog

PALACE 4, 12:45 – 2:25 PM

 

– THEEB (B-R, 100 mins, feature, in Arabic with English subtitles)

LPCA, 1:45 – 3:45 PM

 

– RIO, I LOVE YOU (DCP, 110 mins, feature)

An anthology of short films directed by such filmmakers as John Turturro, Stephan Elliot (“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”), and Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”)

PALACE 4, 2:30 – 4:20 PM

 

– THE GOOD MIND (B-R, 66 mins, documentary)

A “Best of the Fest” encore, introduced by the film’s director Gwendolen Cates and Chief Jake Edwards,who appears in the film, followed by a Q&A with Ms. Cates and Chief Edwards

LPCA, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

 

– BORN TO BE BLUE (DCP, 97mins, feature)

A “Best of the Fest” encore

PALACE 4, 4:30 – 6:15 PM

 

– DON’T BLINK (B-R, 82 mins, documentary)

Introduced by the film’s director Laura Israel, followed by a post-screening

Q&A with Ms. Israel & Adirondack photographer Nathan Farb

LPCA, 6:15 – 8:15 PM

 

– THE LAST GOLD (DCP, 90 mins, documentary)

A “Best of the Fest” encore, introduced by director Brian T. Brown, followed by a Q&A with Brown moderated by Fred Balzac, AFS

PALACE 3, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

 

– Closing Film: BY SIDNEY LUMET (B-R, 110 mins, documentary)

Introduced by the film’s director Nancy Buirski via Skype, with commentary by actor James Tolkan on working with Lumet on “Serpico” & “Prince of the City,” moderated by Kathleen Carroll, AFS

LPCA, 8:30 – ~10:45 PM

 

– SLEEPING GIANT (DCP, 89 mins, feature)

A “Best of the Fest” encore

PALACE 3, 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM

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*Schedule subject to change; check adirondackfilmsociety.org periodically for updates. Tickets $10, available at the door, for all screenings except for Sat. 1:15 double feature: $15 for both films ($10 for 2nd film, space permitting). Cash only for all screenings at the Palace.