David Hallquist with grandson Jack. Photo by Derek Hallquist, courtesy of Mosaic Films Inc.
In a presentation by the AFS in association with Mosaic Films, “DENIAL” will be screened Friday, December 8, at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, located in downtown Lake Placid at 2430 Main Street (box office: 518-523-9271). Tickets are $10, available only at the door, cash only. For more info on this screening or to learn more about the AFS, please contact Operations Manager Fred Balzac at (518) 523-3456 or visit adirondackfilmsociety.org. To learn more about Mosaic Films, please visit www.mosaicfilmsinc.com.
For this special screening, Aaron Woolf will appear in person to introduce the film and lead a Q&A with the audience following the screening. Scheduled to join Aaron will be the director, Derek Hallquist, who also appears frequently in the movie, and the film’s main protagonist, Christine Hallquist.
Of special note is Aaron’s connection to the Palace Theatre via his volunteer work on the “Go Digital or Go Dark” campaign of 2013. The Palace was one of several North Country movie theaters whose transition to digital projection was supported by the campaign, which was run the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA).
“It’s a great honor to be sharing this project at the Palace after collaborating on the ‘Go Digital’ project that helped preserve so many of our North Country cinemas,” said Woolf, who is based in Elizabethtown, where he co-owns the historic Deer’s Head Inn. “Films that touch on pressing social issues are important conversation-starters in our communities and I am very grateful to the Adirondack Film Society for giving us this opportunity.
“The fact that this screening of ‘DENIAL,’ with its themes of climate change and facing reality comes at a moment in which concerns about our national climate focus have taken on renewed urgency feels more timely than we could have imagined.”
This showing at the Palace represents the Adirondack North Country premiere of “DENIAL,” which had been originally scheduled to take place this past June during the flagship event of the AFS, the annual Lake Placid Film Forum, when a region-wide power outage forced a postponement — the irony of which was not lost on the film’s presenters. “DENIAL” had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016 and has been shown at numerous film festivals since then, including the Environmental Film Festival at Yale University where it was the Audience Award winner and the MiFo LGBT Film Festival of Miami-Fort Lauderdale (now rebranded as the OUTShine Film Festival) where “DENIAL” was the runner-up for the Jury Award. Just days ago on November 12th, “DENIAL” had the rare honor to win both the jury prize for Best Documentary Feature and the audience “People’s Choice” award at the Reading Film Festival in Pennsylvania. A shortened, hour-long version of the film has appeared on numerous PBS affiliates across the nation since this past June.