Adirondack Film Society Screening Series: “In Search of Greatness"

“Eloquent and inventive look at self-expression in sports” — The Globe and Mail

The Adirondack Film Society is thrilled to present the regional premiere of "In Search of Greatness," the latest groundbreaking feature documentary from award-winning filmmaker Gabe Polsky ("Genius"). It is a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius—told through the eyes of some of greatest athletes of all time.

The film is based largely on original interviews with hockey great Wayne Gretzky, football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and soccer legend Pelé and features such giants in their respective fields as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams and non-athletes David Bowie and Albert Einstein. Mr. Polsky's previous documentary, "Red Army"—about the creation and development of the Soviet Union's national hockey team and its fate after the squad's breathtaking loss to the U.S. in the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics—remains one of the best-attended programs in the four-and-a-half years of the Screening Series at LPCA.

As he did following one of the "Red Army" screenings back in November 2014, director Polsky will appear via Skype to participate in at least one Q&A session with the LPCA audience that is present for "In Search of Greatness."

"The filmmaker Gabe Polsky always starts with sports—in this case, the great Gretzky," hails Adirondack-based photographer Nathan Farb, a highly regarded artist in his own right (and friend to the AFS). "He then tells a lot more about his real subject—in this case, 'Greatness'—which can then be generalized to all human endeavors.... A wonderful film for sports fans and an audience interested in what drives each of us to be exceptional."

What the critics are saying:

• "A must see" — Sports Illustrated

• "A worshipful big-think" — Los Angeles Times

• "Peels inside the minds of geniuses" — Time

• "Great characters... filmed beautifully" — The New Yorker

• "An insightful and entertaining film" — San Francisco Chronicle

• "A welcome tribute to vision, innovation and knowledge" —

Rated PG-13 (for brief language and some partial nudity) • running time: 1 hr., 20 mins.

These screenings of "In Search of Greatness" are partially underwritten by the Law Office of Brian P. Barrett, PLLC.

The 2018-19 AFS Screening Series at LPCA (Version 5.0) continues on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, with the independent narrative feature, "Eighth Grade," written and directed by Bo Burnham and starring Elsie Fisher (see side bar, right), and on Thursday and Saturday, May 2 & 4 (films TBA). And save the dates for 18th Annual Lake Placid Film Festival (née "Film Forum"): October 24-17, 2019!

To learn more about the AFS Screening Series at LPCA or other AFS programs and activities, please contact Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 or 518-588-7275 or To learn more about the film, you can visit


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