The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) “Easy Screening” Series continues its celebration of the advent of digital at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, NY, on Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14, at 8 p.m. with the world premiere of an independent film shot in & around Schroon Lake.

The Night We Met, an indy feature directed and co-written by Albany-area-based filmmaker Jon Russell Cring, tells the tenderly romantic story of the kind of unforgettable night shared by two young lovers that we’ve all had or wished we had at least once in our youth.

The AFS, which served as the nonprofit conduit for New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant funding that helped make the Strand’s upgrade to digital film-projection equipment possible, is pleased to be presenting this premiere of The Night We Met as the latest in a planned series of special screening programs in partnership with Larry and Liz McNamara, the movie theater’s owners.

Meet the Filmmakers

Introducing North Country filmgoers to filmmakers and other industry professionals—typically, in small, intimate, up-close-and-personal settings—is one of the chief calling cards of the Adirondack Film Society, the people who have brought area movie buffs the highly celebrated Lake Placid Film Forum on an annual basis most years since 2000. The “AFS Easy Screening Series at the Strand” is no different.

In August, director Cring will be on hand at the Strand, along with his wife Tracy Nichole Cring—who served as the film’s co-writer, director of photography and editor—to introduce their film and answer questions about the thrills and travails of indy filmmaking in the Adirondack North Country after each evening’s screening.

The film begins each evening at the Strand Theatre, 1102 Route 9 (518-532-9077) at 8 pm, followed by the Q&A. Admission to each evening’s program is $10 per person; tickets are available for advance purchase during the day at the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, 1075 Route 9 (518-532-7675) and in the evening at the Strand, as well as at the door on the evening of each screening. For more information, please call the AFS at (518) 523-3456 or 588-7275 or visit adirondackfilmsociety.org.

A Real Schroon Lake Story Debuts in August

When producer Stan Denis decided to help make the script of The Night We Met a reality, there was one place he thought of as the perfect backdrop. Director Jon Russell Cring went with Denis to scout Schroon Lake and met Maureen and Robert Diaz, owners of The Adirondack General Store. “The lake and mountains were picturesque, Maureen and Robert were so excited to be involved, and we walked out their front door and saw a phone booth,” Jon recalled with a hearty laugh.

“A phone booth was written into the script and we thought it would be the hardest thing we’d have to find, but there it was,” said Stan Denis.

The store was featured in scenes, and its owners and staff cooked a delicious hot meal for cast and crew daily. The Seagle Music Colony and The Stand Theater make guest appearances along with many other local landmarks. The film was shot in September 2014.

Director Jon Russell Cring and his wife, Tracy Nichole Cring, have made 18 feature films together. The duo wrote the script based on a night Tracy had in her late teens meeting a guy for the first time and driving around having conversations and adventures. “I think everyone has had one of those magic nights where sparks fly and, if they haven’t had one, they wish they had,” said Tracy, who in addition to her role as co-screenwriter, worked as the film’s director of photography and its editor.

The Night We Met stars Texas-based actor Sarah Joy Byington, who was cast from the very first audition the filmmakers received via video submission in the leading role of Stacey. New York City-based actor Lorenzo Rodriguez plays her love interest, Nick. Rodriquez’s video audition was the last such submission the filmmakers received. Schroon Lake-based actor Haley Beauregard plays best friend Steph.

The Adirondack Film Society is proud to be presenting—in partnership with Larry and Liz McNamara of the Strand Theatre—the world premiere of The Night We Met, especially given that it was shot in Schroon Lake. The screening time on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14, is 8 p.m. All seats are $10, and tickets will be available in advance during weekdays at the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, 1075 Route 9 (518-532-7675), and every evening at the Strand, 1102 Route 9 (518-532-9077), as well as at the door. For more information, please call the AFS at (518) 523-3456 or 588-7275 or visit www.adirondackfilmsociety.org.