Lake Placid Film Forum

Films for Movie Lovers and Film Buffs

Public Schedule of Events

(By day, time & then event; films, speakers, venues & times subject to change)

WED, 6/7/17

7:00-9:30 PM – Palace Theatre (Palace One [P1])
● Special Opening Program: "Thank you, Lake Placid!" & screening of EDDIE THE EAGLE (dir. Dexter Fletcher, 1h 46m, narrative feature) + panel with ski jumping coach Larry Stone and other special guests & dignitaries, moderated by Sandy Caligiore; evening introduced by John Huttlinger, AFS Chair; co-sponsored by the Village of Lake Placid & the Town of North Elba; FREE ADMISSION, all are welcome!

THU, 6/8/17

6:30-9 PM – LPCA
● PATERSON (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1h 58m, narrative feature) + panel discussion co-presented with the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), including Nathalie Costa Thill, Exec. Director, ACW, & Peter Seward, Lake Flower Landing arts center & AFS Steering Cmte., moderated by Fred Balzac, AFS Operations Mgr. & arts journalist

9:15-11:45 PM – LPCA
● THE SALESMAN (dir. Asghar Farhadi, 2h 5m, narrative feature from Iran, in Persian & English with English subtitles, 2017 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar winner) + panel discussion, moderated by Fred Balzac; intro by Nelson Page, AFS Vice Chair

FRI, 6/9/17

6-7:30 PM – LPCA
● "North Country Shorts": films shot and/or made by filmmakers based in the Adirondack North Country, including work by Michael Devine, Michael Hart, Ben Stechschulte, and Jason Andrew Torrance

7-9:00 PM – Palace Theatre (Palace Three [P2])
● MAUDIE (dir. Aisling Walsh, 1h 55m, Canadian-Irish narrative feature): with commentary by Kathleen Carroll, AFS Artistic Director

8-10 PM – LPCA
● "Sleepless in Lake Placid" World Premiere Screenings: moderated by Matt Wohl, Chair, Miami Dade College film program & Sleepless Coordinator, with lineup of professional filmmaker judges including Gwendolen Cates, with Dmitry Pirkulov serving as a special, "ex-officio" juror to select 1 or more films for screenings in Moscow

9:30 PM-12:00 AM – Palace Theatre (P2)
● Jonathan Demme Tribute Screening (Part I) of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (dir. J. Demme, 2h 18m): hosted by Larry Jackson, who worked on the film while serving as an executive at Orion Pictures & was a collaborator of Demme's; introduced by Gary Smith, AFS Board Member

SAT, 6/10/17

11 AM-12 PM & 12-1 PM – Northwood School
● "Sleepless" master classes, rounds 1&2 (one hour each): including Prof. Jeff Bass of Marist on Avid Media Composer and director Brian T. Brown & film editor Rob Weir (both of "The Last Gold") on sports documentary directing/editing; FREE ADMISSION, general public welcome

11 AM-12:30 PM – Whiteface Lodge
● Indie movie-theater/film-series programming & management panel discussion, including Dede Leiber of Upstate Films (arthouse), Rhinebeck, NY and Dylan Skolnick, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, LI; moderated by Nelson Page, Fort Lee (NJ) Film Commission & AFS Vice Chair; FREE ADMISSION, all welcome

11 AM-1 PM – Palace Theatre (P2)
● Encore: MAUDIE (dir. Aisling Walsh, 1h 55m, narr. feature): with commentary by K. Carroll, AFS Artistic Director, intro by Amy Quinn, AFS Board Member-at-Large

12-2 PM – LPCA
● We Are Unarmed (dir. Gwendolen Cates, approx. 1h 10m, documentary) a work-in-progress about the Native American resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, + Q&A/panel discussion with director Cates, moderated by K. Carroll

1:15-3:00 PM – Palace Theatre (P2)
● TITLE VII (dir. Nicole Franklin, 1h 12m, narrative feature) + Q&A with director Nicole Franklin, moderated by K. Carroll, AFS Artistic Dir., intro by A. Quinn, AFS Board

2-3:30 PM – Whiteface Lodge
● "Sleepless" master class on contemporary indie filmmaking in Russia: Led by producer Dmitry Pirkulov, including screenings of Russian shorts/feature excerpts and announcement of "Sleepless" film(s) chosen to be screened in Moscow; moderated by Mike Camoin, Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange (CCCE), Albany; intro by Fred Balzac, AFS Operations Mgr.; FREE ADMISSION & general public welcome

2:30-4:45 PM – LPCA
● LOVING (dir. Jeff Nichols, 2h 3m, narrative feature), co-presented by John Brown Lives! (JBL!); introduced by Barbara Friend, Attorney & AFS Steering Cmte. Member, Martha Swan, Exec. Director, JBL!, & Nelson Page, AFS Vice Chair

3:15-5:15 PM – Palace Theatre (P2)
● THE CREST (dir. Mark Covino, 1h 22m, documentary) + Q&A with director Covino; introduced & moderated by Matt Wohl, Chair, Miami Dade College film program

4-5:30 PM – Whiteface Lodge
● "The End Is Near: Movies, Media, and 'Doomsday Innovations'": Talk by studio exec. producer, impresario & Orson Welles collaborator Larry Jackson on the history of the film industry's constant adaptation to changing technologies—e.g., sound, radio, TV, internet, mobile devices, digital video, etc.; intro by Gary Smith, AFS Board; FREE

5-7 PM – LPCA
● THE DINNER (dir. Oren Moverman, 2h 0m, narrative feature)

6-8 PM – Palace Theatre (Palace One)
● ESTEBAN (dir. Jonal Cosculluela, 1h 30m, Cuba, narrative feature, in Spanish with English subtitles) + Q&A with director Jonal Cosculluela & producer Maritza Ceballo, introduced & moderated by author & film historian Jeremy Arnold

8:30-10:30 PM – LPCA
● Student Film Showcase: short films made by "Sleepless" students prior to their appearance in LP going back the past year, moderated by Matt Wohl, Sleepless Coordinator & "Sleepless" faculty advisors Jeff Bass, Marist; Deb Ellis, UVM; David Press, Paul Smith's; & Adrian Garcia of Miami Dade

8:15-11 PM – Palace Theatre (Palace One)
● "THE ESSENTIALS" CLASSIC FILM: ROMAN HOLIDAY (dir. William Wyler, 1h 58m) + post-screening Q&A with program host Jeremy Arnold, Turner Classic Movies contributor & author, The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

SUN, 6/11/17

10 AM-12 PM – LPCA
● NERUDA (dir. Pablo Larrain, 1h 47m, narrative feature from Chile, in Spanish with English subtitles), co-presented with the Adirondack Center for Writing; introduced by Dylan Skolnick, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, LI & AFS programming consultant

10:30 AM-12:00 PM – Whiteface Lodge
● "Unlocking Upstate Film Locations": panel discussion moderated by Mike Camoin, Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, with panelists including Jerry Stoeffhaas, Deputy Director, NYS Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development; FREE

11 AM-1 PM – Palace Theatre (Palace One)
● "TRIBUTE TO GENE WILDER" FAMILY MATINEE: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (dir. Mel Stuart, 1h 29m, narrative feature), introduced by Dr. Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in the film and is now a veterinarian in Lowville, NY, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Ostrum, moderated by F. Balzac; co-sponsored by Desperados Mexican Restaurant, Hotel Northwoods & the Palace Theatre; FREE ADMISSION, all welcome!

12:30-3 PM – LPCA
● I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (dir. Raoul Peck, 1h 35m, documentary) + Q&A with director Peck via Skype, moderated by Russell Banks, novelist-screenwriter & AFS Artistic Consultant, or panel discussion with Chris Morris, Adk Diversity Initiative & Martha Swan, John Brown Lives!, with both organizations co-presenting the program

1:15-3 PM – Palace Theatre (P2)
● THE LOVERS (dir. Azazel Jacobs, 1h 34m, narrative feature): intro by Dylan Skolnick, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, LI & AFS programming consultant

3:30-5:40 PM – LPCA
● Encore: THE DINNER (dir. Oren Moverman, 2h 0m, narrative feature)

3:15-5:50 PM – Palace Theatre (P2)
● A QUIET PASSION (dir. Terence Davies, 2h 5m, narrative feature) + panel discussion co-presented with the Adirondack Center for Writing, introduced & moderated by Kathleen Carroll, AFS Artistic Director

6-8 PM – LPCA
● Encore: NERUDA (dir. Pablo Larrain, 1h 47m, from Chile, narrative feature in Spanish with English subtitles), co-presented with the Adirondack Center for Writing

6-8 PM – Palace Theatre (Palace One)
● DENIAL (dir. Derek Hallquist, 1h 32m, documentary) + Q&A with the film's producer, Aaron Woolf, & editor, Anoosh Tertzakian, moderated by Gary Smith, AFS Board

8:30-10:45 PM – LPCA
● Encore: THE SALESMAN (dir. Asghar Farhadi, 2h 5m, narrative feature from Iran, in Persian & English with English subtitles, 2017 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar winner); introduced by Fred Balzac, AFS Operations Mgr.

8:15-10:30 PM – Palace Theatre (Palace One)
● Closing Program: Jonathan Demme Tribute Screening (Part II) of STOP MAKING SENSE (dir. J. Demme, 1h 40m) + panel discussion, including Kathleen Carroll, AFS Artistic Director, and Jeremy Arnold, author and Turner Class Movies contributor; moderated by Nelson Page, AFS Vice Chair; evening introduced & Film Forum closed by John Huttlinger, AFS Chair

Individual tickets to screenings $10 (cash only at the Palace); all-Forum pass $79 (payable by cash or check). Info: 518-523-3456/588-7275,


Cultural, Racial & Gender Diversity Emerges as a Major Theme of This Year’s Lake Placid Film Forum

Version 16.0 of the Region’s Premier Film-Related Event Features Screenings on Radical Black Writer James Baldwin, Poetess Laureate Emily Dickinson and the Poetry of Paterson, NJ; the Native American Standoff at Standing Rock; Intra-racial Job Discrimination and the ‘Crime’ of Interracial Marriage; the Intersection of Irish Heritage & Surfing; the Risks of Denying Transgender Identity as Well as Climate Change; and New Films from Cuba, Chile, Canada and Iran


Topping the list of films with this theme being screened at the Lake Placid Film Forum, Version 16.0, is “I Am Not Your Negro,” which was nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature (currently scheduled for Sunday, June 11, at 12:30 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts [LPCA]; with all days, times & program content is subject to change). Directed by Haitian-born, Paris-based filmmaker Raoul Peck, whose feature films include “Lumumba” and the brand new “Young Karl Marx,” takes, as its starting point, a 30-page manuscript of an unfinished book by the great African-American novelist and essayist James Baldwin to tell the story of Baldwin’s role in the Civil Rights movement and the emergence of a more militant black consciousness from the nonviolence work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other activists of the 1960s. The screening by the Adirondack Film Society (AFS)—the people who bring you the annual LPFF—is co-sponsored by John Brown Lives!, the Adirondack region’s leading human rights and freedom-focused nonprofit organization, and the newer Adirondack Diversity Initiative.

 The AFS and John Brown Lives! are also teaming up to present “Loving” (Sat., 6/10, 2:30 p.m., LPCA), the feature film about the interracial couple whose trip across state lines resulted in an arrest and ultimately led to a ground-breaking Supreme Court decision. The film is directed by Jeff Nichols and co-stars Ruth Negga, who received a 2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

 In another collaboration with another leading North Country nonprofit organization, the AFS and the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) are co-presenting three very different as well as culturally divergent films that each have poetry at the heart of their stories: “Paterson” (Thu., 6/8, 6:45 p.m., LPCA), path-blazing indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s latest feature about a bus driver named Paterson (played by Adam Driver of “Silence” and the new “Star Wars” trilogy) who lives in Paterson, NJ, and writes poetry influenced by another son of Paterson—the great William Carlos Williams; “A Quiet Passion” (dir. Terence Davies, Sun. afternoon, 6/11, Palace Theatre), starring Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”) as Emily Dickinson; and “Neruda” (Sun., 6/11, 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., LPCA), a Chilean film described as a combination “film noir” and “biopic” about that country’s great national poet Pablo Neruda, directed by Pablo Larrain, who is coming off of his visually bold and provocative treatment of Jacqueline Kennedy’s integral role in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination.

 Other films being screened at LPFF 2017 that address the theme of cultural, racial/ethnic or gender identity include:

 ● “The Salesman” (Thu., 6/8, 9 p.m., LPCA), winner of the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, from Iran; directed by Asghar Farhadi, about a Teheran couple performing in Arthur Miller’s classic play on the American Dream, “Death of a Salesman,” at a time of great upheaval in Iran.

 ● “Maudie” (Fri. evening, 6/9, & Sat. morning, 6/10, Palace), director Aisling Walsh’s Irish-Canadian biographical drama about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis’s (Sally Hawkins) love affair with a fishmonger (Ethan Hawke) while working for him as a live-on housekeeper.

 ● “We Are Unarmed” & “Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock” (Sat., 6/10, 11:30 a.m., LPCA): The first is a work-in-progress about the Native American resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Stand Rock, North Dakota, directed & to be introduced by Gwendolen Cates, whose feature-length documentary “The Good Mind” was an audience favorite. The second is a full-length documentary from Academy Award nominee Josh Fox (“Gasland”) and others that was recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

 ● “Title VII,” (Sat. afternoon, 6/10, Palace) an independent feature film about racially based employment discrimination at an African-American-owned company, directed and co-written by LPFF alum Nicole Franklin

 ● A “Sleepless in Lake Placid”* master class on contemporary indie filmmaking in Russia led by Moscow-based producer Dmitry Pirkulov (Sat., 6/10, 2 p.m.).

 ● “The Crest” (Sat. afternoon, 6/10, Palace), a new indie documentary by Mark Covino, whose “A Band Called Death” was a huge hit at a previous LPFF, in which Irish heritage meets surfing. Mr. Covino is scheduled to be on hand in person to introduce his film and participate in a Q&A session afterwards.

 ● “Esteban” (Sat. evening, 6/10, Palace), a touching new feature-length drama described as a Cuban “Billy Elliot”; the AFS is flying the film’s director and co-producer, Jonal Cosculluela and Maritza Ceballo, respectively, in from Havana to present their film in person and participate in a post-screening Q&A moderated by author and Turner Classic Movies contributor Jeremy Arnold.

 ● “The Essentials” Classic Film: “Roman Holiday” (dir. William Wyler, Sat. eve., 6/10, Palace), the magical tale of a princess (Audrey Hepburn) who runs away from her noble identity to spend a night on the town with a journalist (Gregory Peck) who, despite secretly knowing who she is, can’t help but fall in love with her. Along with the emotional powerhouse performances by its two stars, the film functions as a travelogue of Rome, which never looked more beautiful on film. Hosted by TCM contributor Jeremy Arnold, author of the tie-in book, “The Essentials: 52 Must-See Films and Why They Matter.”

 ● “Denial” (Sun. eve., 6/11, Palace), a new documentary directed by Derek Hallquist and produced by Aaron Woolf (“King Corn”) that starts out examining the prospects for achieving a 100% renewables-based energy grid in Vermont and ends up grappling with the thorny issue of transgender identity. At press time, Mr. Woolf was scheduled to appear in person to introduce his film, along with its editor Anoosh Tertzakian.

 Additional follow-up news releases will focus on other highlights of LPFF ’17. As in the past two years, admission to panel discussions, workshops and master classes remains free and single tickets to all screenings are $10 per person; however, this year the AFS is introducing an all-Forum screenings pass for $79, payable by check to the AFS or online via Inntopia. To learn more about tickets or the program overall, please contact AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzac at (518) 523-3456 or or visit

About the Lake Placid Film Forum

Since its inception in 2000, the Lake Placid Film Forum has been the Adirondack North Country's premier film event. It's one place in the region where resident and visitor movie buffs can count on seeing films they're not likely to encounter at the local multiplex—and meet filmmakers in an up-close-and-intimate setting. The Adirondack Film Society—the people who bring you the Lake Placid Film Forum—doesn't just screen films: it curates, analyzes and seeks to help educate audience members about the films it presents.

The initial multi-day Film Forum proved to be an instant smash hit with filmmakers as well as North Country audiences. Guest filmmakers have included such directors as Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Paul Schrader, John Sayles and Courtney Hunt (whose critically acclaimed independent film "Frozen River" was shot in nearby Clinton County); novelists such as Russell Banks, William Kennedy, Jay Parini and Richard Russo, all of whom have had work adapted for the screen; and such actors as Hal Holbrook, Steve Buscemi, James Tolkan, Kyra Sedgwick, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Modine, Campbell Scott, Parker Posey and Academy Award winners Cliff Robertson (for "Charly") and Melissa Leo (for "The Fighter").

About the Adirondack Film Society

The Lake Placid Film Forum was inspired in part by a sold-out screening at the Palace Theatre in 1999 of "The Sweet Hereafter," adapted from the novel by part-time North Country resident Russell Banks, which was introduced by Mr. Banks, the film director's Atom Egoyan, and Kathleen Carroll, herself a Lake Placid native as well as a former film critic for the New York Daily News. Shortly thereafter, the Adirondack Film Society was born, co-founded by a team that included Ms. Carroll, Lake Placid's John Huttlinger (currently serving as Chair of the AFS board), movie-house impresario Nelson Page (former Chair, now Vice Chair), Naj Wikoff and the late Robin Pell, with active participation from Mr. Banks.

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