Unfortunately we have postponed this screening of Jojo Rabbit and A Hidden Life. We hope to show these films at a later, safer date. Thank you for understanding and supporting the Adirondack Film Society. 

Conquering Hate with Love—and Humor

From the writer-director of “Thor: Ragnarok”—Taika Waititi—the AFS Screening Series @ LPCA brings you this Academy Award-winning, humanistic World War II satire, JOJO RABBIT, Mar. 27

LAKE PLACID, NY — The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at LPCA, Version 6.0, continues with one of the most daring and critically acclaimed films of the past year—winner of the 2020 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, “JOJO RABBIT.” The one-night only screening takes place Friday, March 27, at 7 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Writer-director Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, “JOJO RABBIT,” a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (2020 Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor in a comedy or musical, Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo) whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Academy-Award-winner Sam Rockwell (for his supporting performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) co-stars.

In addition to Waititi’s win for Best Adapted Screenplay, “JOJO RABBIT” was nominated for five other Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ms. Johansson), Best Film Editing and Best Production Design.

Tickets to “JOJO RABBIT” are $10 each and are available at the door as well as by advance reservation via the LPCA box office (518-523-2512, The arts center is located at 17 Algonquin Drive, off NYS Route 86/Saranac Ave. at the intersection near the Quality Inn and Desperados/Stewart’s. To learn more about these screenings or other AFS programs, please contact Fred Balzac, AFS Screening Series Program Director and Board Member, at 518-588-7275 or

The Winter-Spring 2020 edition of the series will conclude on Friday, April 24, 2020 with the latest joint collaboration among the AFS; the North Country’s freedom education and human rights project, John Brown Lives!; and the LPCA to present the latest work by one of the most revered American filmmakers of our time, Terrence Malick— director of such highly distinctive films as 1973’s “Badlands” (starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek) and 1978’s “Days of Heaven” (starring a young Richard Gere) and, more recently, “The Tree of Life.” “A HIDDEN LIFE” has been hailed by Owen Gleiberman of Variety as “cinema at its mightiest and holiest”; “A movie you enter, like a cathedral of the senses”; and “extraordinary,” demonstrating “how the quietest acts of resistance are part of what save civilization.”

Based on real events, “A HIDDEN LIFE” tells the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife, Fani, and their children that keeps his spirit alive.

To learn more about the Screening Series or other AFS programs and activities, please contact Program Director Fred Balzac at 518-588-7275, or or visit

AFS Screening Series at LPCA 6.0: “Wetware”

The Future Looks Dark

The AFS Screening Series at LPCA continues Feb. 28th when top Vermont award-winning indie filmmaker Jay Craven appears in person to introduce his latest movie—the “sci-fi noir” WETWARE

LAKE PLACID, NY — Jay Craven, one of Vermont’s leading and award-winning independent filmmakers, will be bounding across Lake Champlain this winter to introduce and discuss his latest movie—“WETWARE”—a sci-fi film noir that tells a story of what happens when new technologies collide with human needs in a changing world precariously close to today’s.

The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA), Version 6.0, continues Friday, February 28, at 7 pm with this futuristic narrative feature that marks “a huge departure” for Mr. Craven, its writer-director, who says “WETWARE” provided him with a chance to work with imaginative actors discovering “fresh details, in every moment, of what it is to be uniquely human in trying times.”

AFS Screening Series at LPCA 6.0: “PARASITE”

Friday, January 31, 2020

Lake Placid, NY — Film screening of “PARASITE,” nominated for six 2020 Academy Awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film; winner of the 2020 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language; and recipient of the top award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival—the Palme d’Or. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, this pitch-black modern fairytale showcases a contemporary filmmaking master—South Korea’s Bong Joon Ho—at the top of his game. “I staggered out of the theater thrilled by its singular vision,” wrote the reviewer for Vanity Fair, while a writer for The Playlist raved, “Bong Joon Ho is without a doubt one of the best filmmakers in the world.” 7 pm, all seats $10. Presented by the Adirondack Film Society Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. 17 Algonquin Drive (off NYS Rte. 86 near the Quality Inn), 518-523-2512,; AFS info: 518-588-7275,

20th Lake Placid Film Festival October 23-25, 2020


Lake Placid Film Festival Closing Night Event 10/27/19

19th Annual Lake Placid Film Festival Announces: First Four Official Selections

Lake Placid Film Festival 2019 welcomes Peter Riegert!

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Lake Placid Film Festival 2019 is introducing a SHORT FILM COMPETITION, “Your Shorts are Showing” this year. We are now accepting submissions from all over the world and exclusively through FilmFreeway.  Click on our poster above or the FilmFreeway icon to see more!

Shorts Competition 2019

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Tribute Gala 2019

The Adirondack Film Society and the Lake Placid Film Festival will honor Russell Banks.

Meet the Adirondack Film Society’s Board of Directors 2019!

AFS Board of Directors 2019 – Left to Right: Fred Balzac, Heather Clark, John Huttlinger (Treasurer), Nelson E. Page (Chairman & President), Amy Quinn (Secretary), Nick Gunn, Eric Granger (not in photo, Gary Smith – Vice Chairman)

LPFF 2019 Festival Director and AFS Vice-Chairman & Nelson Page, AFS Chairman and President meet at the Desmond Hotel in Albany NY to continue planning LPFF2019.

2018 AFS Tribute Gala Honoring Kathleen Carroll

Adirondack Film Society Screening Series 6.0: “A Hidden Life”

From visionary writer-director Terrence Malick—“cinema at its mightiest and holiest. A movie you enter, like a cathedral of the senses”—co-presented with John Brown Lives!

Friday 4/24/2020 at 7:00pm

At door or reserved in advance: $10

For tickets: 518.523.2512

Watch the official movie trailer here


March 6-7, 2020

Harriet- The Movie

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