The Adirondack Film Society Screening Series (Version 3.0) returns to the LPCA with Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, the behind-the-scenes political documentary Wiener and a “marvel” of a performance by Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic.

 

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 drama written and directed by Todd Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”) that follows the life of an adorable dachshund as she passes from one oddball owner to another, profoundly affecting their radically dysfunctional lives along the way. The ensemble cast of well-known names and recognizable character-actor faces includes Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, Greta Gerwig (“Mistress America”), Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Tracy Letts and Zosia Mamet.

Then on October 21-22, the series continues with “Weiner,” the fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary about ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner’s disastrous 2013 race for Mayor of New York City. The Fall 2016 segment of Year 3.0 of the series concludes on November 4-5 with “Captain Fantastic,” starring Viggo Mortensen as a father of six who—after having been devoted to raising them deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with a rigorous physical and intellectual education, off the grid—is forced to leave his self-imposed paradise and reenter the “real” world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

They’ve All Come to Look for a…Wiener-Dog

Wiener-Dog” is a dark, starkly funny story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime. This particular incarnation of “man’s” best friend—a lovable dachshund who proves to be women’s and children’s best friend, too—starts out by teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip. After leaving Dawn, our unsinkable Wiener-Dog encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more. Writer-director Solondz’s perversely dark comedy offers an appallingly honest look at the American experience, brought to life by its standout cast that includes Ellen Burstyn, Danny DeVito, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts and Zosia Mamet.

From One Hot-Diggity-Dog to “Carlos Danger”

Just in time for Election Day, the (AFS) Screening Series at LPCA (Version 3.0) continues with a fascinating look at the essentially tragic downfall of a smart, articulate and talented American politico.

Sexts, lies and Carlos Danger: 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, “Weiner” has a running time of 100 minutes and is rated R for mature content.

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 attempt to make it one.

The reviews are in for “Weiner”:

“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

The 2016-2017 AFS Screening Series at LPCA continues on Friday and Saturday evening, November 4-5, with “Captain Fantastic,” starring Viggo Mortensen.

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 or visit adirondackfilmsociety.org.